In wake of the very tragic shooting in Charleston that claimed the lives of nine innocent churchgoers, Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, took to Facebook to express condolences and a reality that many in his party don’t want to admit: that racism is not dead.
“Last night evil walked the streets of Charleston. My heart aches for the families of the victims. I pray for the families left behind. I pray for the community scared and hurting. I also pray you and I can conquer hatred.”
Okay, not bad. Very heartfelt. Something all of us can rally around.
“In my lifetime I have seen such great progress. Though racial based hate is still very much alive as last night so violently reminded us. But I worry about a new hate that is growing in our great nation. I fear our intolerance of one another is the new battle ground of evil. Today many feel it is OK to hate someone who thinks differently than you do.”
You know what? I agree wholeheartedly. Go on…
“The left hates the right. The right hates the left. This attitude is poison. Poison that will sicken all of us. As a brain surgeon I can assure you that all of our brains look the same, no matter what our skin color or party affiliation. The America I know and love has fought evil all over the world to protect evil’s victims. At home we must dedicate ourselves to not hating anyone based on their politics.”
I’m going to stop you right there. This is where you lost me, Ben. Yes I agree our political differences should never induce violence or hatred, but you really have no room to speak. “The left hates the right. The right hates the left?” That’s a rich revelation coming from the guy who equated progressivism with Nazi Germany. This coming from the guy who blamed Michael Brown’s death on feminism and single motherhood. This coming from the guy who said veteran’s deaths were a gift from god to prove how great capitalism is.
Ben Carson has absolutely no room to speak considering it’s his rhetoric that contributes to the anger and hatred between liberals and conservatives.
Despite the fact that liberals rarely murder conservatives, Carson HAD to make it a “both sides” issue.
Image via Gage Skidmore