Sunday, October 13, 2013
Note to Ben Carson: Don't talk about slavery
Ben Carson must be practicing surgery on his own brain. It’s the only thing to excuse his recent remarks about Obamacare.
"It’s the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery," Carson, who retired from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. "It is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government. It was never about healthcare. It was about control.”
Did I hear a reference to Master beating slaves in Carson’s tone? Did he compare Obama to Lincoln for having the audacity to let God’s people go?
It’s almost always wounding when a person uses slavery to illustrate a contemporary affliction. It’s even worse when a black man pulls that trick from his conservative bag of foolishness. I won’t blame Carson for spending most of his time reading books on the human anatomy. God knows he’s earned respect for his work as a neurosurgeon. All props to the dude for separating conjoined twins joined at the head.
Everyone has their weakness. It’s best to stay in your lane. In other words, Carson gets F’s in American History and street credibility.
He’s no black role model. I say that not because of his abhorrence of Obamacare. Carson isn’t the only black person grappling to find the merit of the plan pushed by the nation’s first black President. He has every right to align with conservatives to defend an agenda that best serves his personal goals. Do you Bo, but, for God’s sake, and out of respect of OUR ancestors, please don’t minimize the impact of slavery by comparing it to Obamacare.
You get no stupidity pass when it comes to this. One has to ask, is becoming the darling of the conservative wing of the Republican Party worth the forfeiture of the black boys and girls who viewed you as a role model? Are the standing ovations worth losing the tag of great blacks in American history? Welcome to the bench with Clarence Thomas and others who sold their soul for white affirmation.
Even more disconcerting are the underlying implications related to what Carson said.
"It is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government. It was never about healthcare. It was about control.”
So, Obama has forced Americans to become subservient to the government. Obama is the anti-Lincoln who implemented a policy that has subjugated not only blacks, but every citizen of this country. A black man did that. Obama is our Master, and all of us are his slaves.
Carson’s argument serves as the most forceful claim that we are living in a post-race society. Carson has pushed a button held by those fearing the aftermath of a black President – slavery has been reversed. It took a black man to say it. The fight against Obamacare is about control, but not the type of domination alleged on the surface of Carson’s statement.
The teabaggers fear being controlled by a black man.
Master Obama is coercing them to make bricks out of straw. Run to the North Star where freedom lives. Run fast now. Massah Bama got a big whip. We gonna be free. We gotta fight, but they working on our liberation.
Sorry Uncle Ben, you can’t play with those emotions. This is not a post-race society. The flame of hate still burns Uncle Ben.
So, get on the bench with Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain. It’s going to be a long time before you get to play with black folks.