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WTH is “raised white?”

February 23, 2016

It’s disappointing to see Dr. Ben Carson play the race card, no matter how he tries to do it.

OK, there’s a election going on, and Dr. Carson needs the black vote. Got it.

Trying to do that by suggesting that there are no poor struggling white, Hispanic, Indonesian or Asian children living in crime-ridden poor neighborhoods is simply playing into the hands of the race-baiters.

This narrative, so often enunciated by Democrats in general and President Obama in particular, equates “white” with privileged. Perhaps the good doctor should take a trip through Appalachia, or any big city slum and regain a little perspective.

This line of thought is incredibly demeaning to people who, like Dr. Carson, rose above the circumstances of their birth and succeeded, probably as much because the people raising them wouldn’t use race as an excuse to fail as by their own native abilities.

There were an awful lot of people in 2008, black and white alike, who elected Barack Obama because they sincerely believed that he was going to bring the races together.

They thought he would effect fundamental change in America by pointing out that if you make the right moral choices, work hard and never stop trying to improve your lot in life you too could become President, regardless of your skin color or the  circumstances of the economic lot in life you initially occupied.

That vision didn’t quite pan out the way those people hoped it would. Instead of hope, this President is notable for his polarizing effect on race relations in America.

If pedigree is the criteria for the presidency, perhaps we should demand a DNA analysis instead of financial statements from our candidates.

In practice, as even a liberal stalwart like Bill Clinton pointed out, that could prove a little problematic in the real world.

The poor are handicapped by bad schools, a culture of generational government dependency, a lack of caring adults in their lives and the chance they will be killed by gang violence before they can graduate from high school.

Those are things the nation can fix. Circumstances of birth, not so much.

From → op-ed

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