Oh, Dr. Carson. Stop. Just… stop.
[Ben] Carson, who is the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, said he represents an existential threat to liberals. “They need to shut me up, they need to get rid of me,” Carson said. “They can’t find anything else to delegitimize me, so they take my words, misrepresent them and try to make it seem that I’m a bigot.”
“And you’re attacked also, in many respects, because of your race,” Levin said. “Because you’re not supposed to think like this and talk like this. A lot of white liberals just don’t like it, do they?”
“Well, you know, they’re the most racist people there are,” Carson said. “Because, you know, they put you in a little category, a little box, you have to think this way. How could you dare come off the plantation?” [emphasis added, here and below]
Just to remind you of Dr. Carson’s most recent inflammatory comments, here they are.
On Fox News’ “Hannity” last week, as the Supreme Court heard landmark gay rights cases, Carson shared his views on gay marriage: “Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society. And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition. So it’s not something that’s against gays. It’s, it’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.”
First of all, I find it genuinely baffling that Dr. Carson would choose to mortgage his incredible career as a pediatric neurosurgeon and the esteem it has deservedly won him for a political career he has already poisoned beyond salvage. If he wants to become one of the talking heads on the lunatic Right, then I guess he’s welcome to it. But let’s not pretend this is anything but a disastrous start to any campaign for eventual elective office.
However, whatever his political fortunes, it appears something needs clarifying. If you conflate consensual, loving and committed relationships between two people of the same gender with pederasty or animal rape, you don’t “seem” like anything. You are a bigot. The word “offensive” has been bleached of meaning through overuse, but that association merits such a description and more. It is poisonous, vicious and ugly, to say nothing of how asinine that straw man argument is. (If there is any meaningful “Up with Bestiality” movement I’ve yet to encounter it, much less one that’s agitating for the right to marry.) If someone posted comments along those lines here on my blog, I would delete them.
So here’s a memo to Dr. Carson from one white liberal — I don’t need to delegitimize you. You’re doing a dandy job of demolishing your own legitimacy without any help from people like me. It has absolutely nothing to do with your race, and everything to do with the profoundly appalling statements you’ve made. Play the race card if you care to, but don’t think I’ll be in any way cowed by it.