Republican presidential candidate and renowned neurosurgeon and master of discourtesy Ben Carson has been receiving quite a bit of scrutiny from the American public nowadays, and for good reason. In recent times, he has repeatedly spoken out against Islam and having a Muslim in the White House, describing this as in direct conflict with the constitution.
He has made multiple insensitive remarks regarding the topic of gun violence and gun control, such as going as far as to say that, as a surgeon, he “[has never seen] a body with bullet holes in it that [is] more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.” Dr. Carson, try saying that to the families of all those who have been lost in mindless shootings.
During debates and interviews with the press, Carson has also dismissed grassroots activist movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, calling them “silly” and “sickening.” While attempting to provoke positive change within such issue-oriented arenas is encouraged, demeaning and blatantly denouncing such movements do not and will not help.
However, as of late, Dr. Carson has instead moved toward the academic sphere, and has recognized his flammability in the process. In his 2009 book, Gifted Hands, Carson stated that as a 17-year old, he applied and was accepted to the U.S Military Academy at West Point, where he was given a “full scholarship” in order to attend. As it turns out, this is untrue. In fact, not only did Ben Carson not receive a full scholarship to the Academy, but West Point does not have any record of him even being accepted.
Remember to stop, drop, and roll, Dr. Carson.