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Ben Carson Pivots His Attention to Black Voters, But Are His Racial Politics Too Conservative to Woo Them?

Carson speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, MarylandDr. Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who is currently running in second place in the GOP primary, has urged Black people to leave the Democratic Party. Carson says Democratic policies have failed them and they need to embrace the conservatism of the Republican Party. However, recent trips to Ferguson, Mo. and Harlem showed that Carson’s message may be falling on deaf ears. According to The Guardian, Harlem residents were skeptical of his message.

Harlem resident Myrna Coombs said she wouldn’t vote for Carson because she was a Democrat through and through.

“He’s in the wrong party. I like Bernie,” she said, referring to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Yvonne Boyd, who was selling CDs on Malcolm X Boulevard, was more blunt in her assessment of Carson and Republicans.

“Well, he ain’t gonna do nothing for us,” she told The Guardian. “I think that the mother****** ain’t gonna do s**t.”

During his tour of Ferguson, Carson said he didn’t see race as much of a problem in America. He also said he was raised to respect police and never had a problem with them, even though he grew up in the inner city.

“We need to deemphasize race,” Carson said. “And we need to emphasize respect for everyone in society. And fairness and justice for all.”

He also challenged the Black Lives Matter movement, calling on them to also talk about the Black lives lost to abortion and street violence.

“My beef with the Black Lives Matter movement has been, I think they need to add a word. And that word is ‘All.’ All Black Lives Matter,” said Carson. “Including the ones that are eradicated by abortions, including the ones that are eradicated on the streets every day by violence. We need to be looking at all the factors that have kept the Black community in a very dependent position for decades.”

Carson is a hero in the Black community because of his rise from poverty to the top of the medical field. His autobiography, Healing Hands, is often seen as an inspiration to Black children. However, many people are turned off by his conservative politics.

Ross Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University, doubted whether Carson would be able to win Black voters over to the GOP. He told The Guardian Barack Obama’s presidency had sealed the ties between the Democratic Party and Black voters.

“Ben Carson’s on a fool’s mission,” Baker said. “If he thought he was going constituency shopping in Ferguson today, he was in the wrong neighborhood.”

John Sousa, national chairman of the Carson-supporting super pac The 2016 Committee, said it was essential that the GOP nominate Carson if they didn’t want to permanently alienate the Black community. He said the Democrats would have the edge if the GOP nominee was anyone other than Carson.

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3 thoughts on “Ben Carson Pivots His Attention to Black Voters, But Are His Racial Politics Too Conservative to Woo Them?

  1. Hank Wilson says:

    I would rather vote 10,000 time for old Dr. Ben than support that racist KKK-loving, genocidal maniac Mrs. Margaret Higgins Sanger organization called Planned Parenthood

  2. Paul Farrell says:

    Since the 1960's blacks have been doing the same things over and over again, and continually complain about how unfair everything is for them. The well meaning Democrats and Republicans since the civil rights act passed have spent TRILLIONS of dollars on the black community to help lift them up. Some have been smart enough to take advantage and are now successful business people, Doctor, Lawyers and on and on. In fact there is not one single walk of life in this country where there is not at least one or two blacks that have made a success of themselves. Not one!
    Don't any blacks find it rather strange that trillions have been spent to eradicate drugs and yet it is black communities in the inner cities that suffer most from the deleterious effects of the drug culture. They let it get into your communities and then put you in jail for partaking. You would think Blacks would embrace a better way with Blacks leading the charge.
    Dr. Martin Luther King, would be absolutely sick at the condition of the Black community as a whole, in this country. True I may not have personally been aquainted with the great man, but I'm pretty sure what the plight of the black community is today, is not what he had in mind. When you knock a successful black man or woman, what you are saying is they should never have taken advantage of the road that took them where they are at. Even the half black Obama got help and became a lawyer. His grandparents were not rich. He took advantage. Please all Dr. Carson is advocating is a better way forward.

  3. Kaitlin Rush says:

    Whites, Republican and Democrats, have never been well-meaning people when it comes to blacks. Blacks have been confined to plantations from slavery through Jim Crow, and then locked up after winning basic civil rights. White Americans have tortured, murdered, and held blacks in captivity from before US independence.

    White Americans are always finding new, ingenious ways to kill people. The rest of the world knows white Americans for the killers they are and laugh at their lame accusations at other nations. I am neither black or Americam, so I have no dog in this fight, but if you think blacks are the primary problem with America you're delusional.

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