During a politico podcast, the sloth speaking Dr. Ben Carson said that Barack Obama was “raised white” and couldn’t understand the African-American experience the way he could. What the fuck?
“He’s an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised white. Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”
So, by his dumbfounded logic, the entire African diaspora should live in the harsh streets of Detroit in order to pass the “black” litmus test.
This is the same Ben Carson who has avoided the conversation about race during his entire cough syrup sipping candidacy but then had the sick audacity to release anti-black ads on conservative talk radio–a dire attempt to woo white voters. Molly Ball called him out on it:
“Carson’s ad campaign in the runup to last week’s South Carolina GOP primary was a different story. On right-wing talk radio in the state, his campaign had two race-based ads in heavy rotation. One inveighed against affirmative action as “racial entitlement,” while the other depicted black crime as a “crisis.” Taken together, the ads were a striking attempt to provoke white voters’ racial attitudes by a candidate who has otherwise avoided the subject.”
Now, Carson is proving exactly why we, as a society, should pay attention to the theory of multiple intelligences. The retired neurosurgeon actually needs his own brain reexamined if he thinks he’s going to get away with insinuating that blackness is only defined by harsh circumstances.
Ben Carson is confused about the fluidity of identity, and his fallen candidacy is a byproduct of his embarrassing, unauthentic attempt to assimilate into the dominant culture, marred by his persistent disparaging of the African-American community. It’s also a clear revelation that black voters aren’t voting just because he’s black. Put that argument to rest, especially in a digital climate that is placing a dark cloud over every disingenuous stump speech.
Goldie Taylor, another respected journalist, also called him out on his Ruckus temper tantrum:
“Like a modern-day Svengali, he has simultaneously downplayed the significance of his racial heritage while using it as a launch pad for his national prominence. That he denies the effects of systemic and implicit bias or the existence of explicit racism, and that he is now advancing the notion of a racial litmus test, should come as no surprise.”
She went on to say:
“His short-lived lead in the Republican presidential primary season was built almost solely on being a counterbalance to the Obama presidency. He was, for a time, the perfect foil for Republicans who wanted to eschew their reputation as the party of white men.
The truth is, the Carson candidacy was never about any more than that.”
Henceforth, in the name of the classic Hip Hop animation, The Boondocks, Ben Carson will be referred to as Uncle Ruckus. This isn’t political mudslinging and it isn’t name-calling. We’re basing this on his persistent actions and harmful sociopolitical tactics. Below is a montage clip of…Ben Carson.