The Republicans’ Ace of Spades
Dr. Carson appears to have staying power in his presidential bid and is holding on tightly to the position of second runner-up to Mr. Trump. The recent spate of disparaging remarks by Carson has made him quite credible in the eyes of the Republican Party base. In fact if Trump succeeds as the republican presidential nominee, Trump may have no more plausible choice than to make Carson his Vice President. Many liberals would see this as akin to a doomsday scenario for American politics and government.
Quite frankly Carson’s specious rhetoric that has him leading with fervor in the polls is utterly shameful to me. This coming from a black professional whose stellar career in medicine stands as not only a great contribution to society but can be viewed as inspiring against great odds within a resentful institution. His moral duality in wanting higher office reflect a supercilious side to his mannerisms.
Blacks who achieve relative success usually become indoctrinated into the majoritarian view as to how they got there–through overachievement, some grit, and faith–but absent any progressive civil rights movement or an intrusive government. This sort of institutionally-conditioned compliance discredits and undermines the true black experience and turns the relatively lucky few into Horatio Alger stories that negate real social and institutional pressures that promote inequality. Carson has embraced the sincere fiction and white frame that many hard-line conservatives and tea party advocates imagine as morally straight and they now contend to have a good hand that includes the ace of spades (double or triple-entendre here) at their disposal.
Although this seems treasonous to Blacks who have to contend with the inequitable burdens towards black empowerment and progression, there is more of an elitist air and backdrop that Carson camouflages about in the manner of prose and credentials. This would conclude the notion that cultural assimilation and subjugation under white supremacy is working.
The antidemocratic and inflammatory statement about a Muslim president being unacceptable seems abiding and excites his supporters and further legitimizes the sensibilities of his conservative base who have obliged him with donations totaling $1 million dollars over the course of threes days since his remarks.
Other remarks by Carson have him seemingly transfixed by Nazi Germany and likening gun control to its rise leaving out the brainwashing that incessantly occurred with social order and nation building. Forget about the Jews, Gypsies, the Polish, the disabled, and people who are gay. Carson defends his rhetoric by saying…
You can’t dance around it. If people look at what I said and were not political about it, they’d have to agree. Most people in Germany didn’t agree with what Hitler was doing.… Exactly the same thing can happen in this country if we are not willing to stand up for what we believe in.
When it comes to clarifying remarks like these Carson sneeringly defends his position against silly and foolish critics like myself, of whom may not have the capacity to digest such logic from a brain surgeon. By this logic then it is safe to presume that if Black people arm themselves and help advocate for guns, then the US government and its institutions would not turn on us or any other group for that matter, but what he fails to address is what deters these groups from turning on each other. Maybe he believes we are post-racial and considers this outcome as tenuous.
Alan E. Steinweis, a professor of history and holocaust studies at the Univeristy of Vermont wrote in an Op-ed contribution to the New York Times on October 14, 2015, stated it quite well in response to Ben Carson’s views.
Mr. Carson’s remarks not only trivialize the predicament in which Jews found themselves in Germany and elsewhere in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. They also trivialize the serious, prolonged and admirable efforts undertaken by many Germans to work through the causes of their country’s catastrophic mistakes of that period.
If the United States is going to arrive at a workable compromise solution to its gun problem, it will not be accomplished through the use of historical analogies that are false, silly and insulting. Similarly, coming to terms with a civilizational breach of the magnitude of the Holocaust requires a serious encounter with history, rather than political sloganeering that exploits history as a prop for mobilizing one’s base.
Furthermore, he continues to trivialize the black experience in many ways such as the Black Lives Matter campaign and awareness by not even mentioning it.