Yesha Callahan

Dr. Ben Carson Has a Few Words of Advice for ‘Black Lives Matter’


Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson had a few words for Black Lives Matter activists. Carson, who isn’t a fan favorite, made a few interesting points about the activists, but it may fall on deaf ears because of the messenger it’s coming from.

In the USA Today column, Carson noted that the activists were focusing on the wrong targets and offered a few suggestions of where they should be besides Bernie Sander’s appearances.

Carson did agree with the activists and said that they are right “that racial policing issues exist and some rotten policemen took actions that killed innocent people”.

“I grew up in neighborhoods most Americans were told to never drive through. I saw bullets, drugs and death in the same places I played tag and ball with my friends, Carson writes. “Both of my older cousins died on the streets where I lived. I thought that was my destiny. But my mother didn’t. She changed all of that. She saved my brother and me from being killed on those streets with nothing but a library card.”

Here are places Carson suggested for the activists to have their voices heard:

The Board of Education: “The actions of rogue police officers take black lives one at a time. Our public school system has destroyed black lives not in the ones and twos, but in whole generations,” he writes.

“The schools don’t teach and our children don’t learn. Too many public schools are controlled by teachers unions focused more on the convenience and compensation of adults rather than the education of children who started out far behind. Their failures don’t kill as quickly, but they do kill as surely as a bullet.”

The Crack House: “Let’s go over to the crack house,” Carson writes. “We need to tear it down. Profiting from selling poison to our children and destroying lives must not be the ambition of our children. These monuments to our destruction deserve our active scorn not our silent acceptance.”

To Republicans: “We need to tell them they have ignored us for too long. They need to invite us in and listen to us. We need to communicate and find a different way.”


Clutchettes, what do you think about Carson’s suggestions?

  1. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t see myself voting for him; but I liked the article in USA Today. I wish Dr. Carson would speak more from his heart and stop playing politics. America needs a President who is going to tell the truth and shame the devil. I’m looking for a President not afraid to acknowledge racism from white folks; and foolishness from black folks. Lastly, I’m looking for a President who hasn’t sold his or her soul to Corporate America.

  2. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    He has made some good points.

  3. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    I read his entire article. He wants to up conservative solutions to solve problems. He has the right to his views. The truth is that there must be a combination of solutions that must exist from all levels of government. The War on Poverty cut poverty in half from 1960 to 1970. The problem with the War on Poverty was that many of its programs were cut (during the 1970’s and during the 1990’s), the Vietnam War increased inflation, and there was a massive neglect of investment in poor communities after the late 1960’s. The War on Poverty was a capitalist experiment. Massive deindustrialization and bad trade deals also crippled communities. He’s right that houses that are filled with crack abuses must be shut down. Also, he’s right that the entertainment industry must be held accountable for its misogynoir and its promotion of anti-black stereotypes in the world.

    We shouldn’t use our money to aid entities whose sole purpose is to slander our dignity as black people. Public schools and any school for that matter must embrace smaller class sizes, flexible curriculums, and other policies that have actually worked to improve education. Young need jobs, but job creation should be done by both the public and private sectors not just by the private sector. So, he made many goods. On other points, I don’t agree with him. He is in error to imply that the Black Lives Matter movement says that only certain lives matter. That is not what the BLM is all about. Black Lives Matter is about promoting the human dignity of black people. So, to be fair, he made some good points and on other points, I don’t agree with him. He has the right to speak his mind. At the end of the day, we want solutions and we want justice.

  4. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    THANK You!

  5. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    I Agree with these comments. They move me towards examining his 2016 candidacy closer.

    I would certainly vote for him over H.Clinton.

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