Awarded and Misguided

CJ-Moki here. I decided to take the weekend off of writing for CJ-Moki Live. This evening, I will blog about Ben Carson, the current US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

I decided to temporarily break No-Poli Monday, primarily because of a particularly egregious statement by a federal politician.

Hoo boy. Here goes nothing:

Ben Carson is an award-winning (detailed below) brain surgeon-turned-politician from Detroit, Michigan.

If you've heard about him, you probably know that Carson proved that you don't need to be in touch with reality to be an award-winning brain surgeon. Some of his degrees and awards are listed as follows:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Yale College, 1973
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, 1977
  • Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, Jefferson Awards Foundation, 2000
  • William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, William E. Simon Foundation, 2005
  • Spingarn Medal, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2006
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House, 2008
  • Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal, Ford's Theatre Society, 2008
  • Influential Marylander Award, The Daily Record, 2012
In case you couldn't tell, Carson has earned a lot of recognition in his life. You would assume that a neurosurgeon and federal politician would be very informed and wise, right?
Well, if you thought that Ben Carson was either of the above adjectives, you're sorely mistaken.

Yes, really.

Carson referring to the slaves as "immigrants" implies that they willingly traveled from their homes to the United States, an obvious falsehood to even those with a very limited knowledge of the Atlantic slave trade. According to Carson, the countless people who were kidnapped and often died on the inhumane slave ships dreamed that their descendants "might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land".

While I would certainly hope that the descendants of kidnapped slaves would get to live prosperous and happy lives (but many of them sadly did not and are not), the (extremely insensitive) manner in which Carson handled the topic of the slave trade reflects his unthoughtfulness and general detachment from reality.

I think this would be a great time to remind you that Carson is an African-American.

Overall, I am concerned at the fact that somebody as detached from reality as Ben Carson is now a federal politician.

CJ-Moki, signing off. I'll probably write about President Trump's supersized ego tomorrow.


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