Carson, not Obama, the better example
April 23, 2013 12:00 AM | 906 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Two thumbs up and four stars for Star Parker’s column (4/17/13) praising Dr. Ben Carson. Shame on those who do not try to understand his honesty or respect his right to his own point of view.

Imagine what Frederick Douglass would have to say in defense of Dr. Carson and those like him in the face of his adversaries.

For years I had an opportunity to discuss with my high school students a speech Douglass delivered to the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in Boston in 1865. The most salient part of it, which focused on granting black men the right to vote, is partly as follows: “What I ask for the Negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simple justice.” He answers what the Abolitionists have asked, “What shall we do with the Negro?”

“Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength ... if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! ... And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!”

I have left nothing out that would skew the content of this speech. There’s even more that is a significant part of this speech, but in the interest of brevity, I have abridged it.

Who calls and has called Obama’s shots? Where has his money come from? Clearly his intention and that of his “handlers” is to make the “lower classes,” the needy in this country reliant on “the company store.”

If a person believes that “can’t” is his operative word, then he can’t. If his dreams are undermined/eroded by constant and generous government subsidies, where is the incentive to try? Would a single mother with no hopes encourage her children to think Santa is real and will surprise them with gifts they long for on Christmas morning?

There is a lot more to be said on the subject of insidious undermining. One of the bottom lines has to do with the difference between charity and real assistance.

Important spokesmen like Dr. Carson and Dr. Bill Cosby (yes, he has a Ph.D.) ought not to be vilified because they are brave enough to speak the truth.

Melissa B. Anderson

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Kevin Foley
April 23, 2013
First of all, comparing Carson to Douglass is laughable.

I have said, repeatedly Carson is entitled to speak his mind, whether it's inappropriately insulting the president of the United States at a prayer breakfast or bashing gays with ignorant, bigoted views. When there's blowback and people express their opinion in response to his opinions, well that's what happens in public forums.

Because Carson speaks doesn't mean others have to remain silent.

By the way, Cosby doesn't have a Ph.D.

Devlin Adams
April 24, 2013
Foley, He did not compare Carson with Douglass. Please reread the letter and try for comprehension this time.

Secondly, Cosby doe snot have a PhD, but, he does hold a Doctor Education degree from U of Mass Amherst, earned in 1976.
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