Skip to comments.Obama's Policies Have Hurt African Americans, Says Neurosurgeon Ben Carson
Posted on 03/10/2013 7:52:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
If President Obama wants to be a hero in the African-American community, he should do something to alleviate the "abominable" black unemployment rate in America, says renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson.
The head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., who was the first surgeon to separate conjoined twins, told The Christian Post on Thursday that the economic policies being pursued by the Obama administration has resulted in an "abominable" unemployment rate in the African-American community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, black unemployment stood at 13.8 percent in January, more than double the unemployment rate of whites, which was measured at 6.6 percent for the same period. A year ago the black unemployment rate was 14.2 percent, less than half a percent point higher. White unemployment, however, fell more than one percent in the last year from a high of eight percent.
"I think the best thing that he (President Obama) can possibly do that will help minorities is to enact policies that allow for growth of the economy," said Carson. "Because when you look at the employment rate for instance in the African American community, it's abominable. And the policies that have been enacted have only made it worse. They have not made it better. So if he really wanted to be a hero in that community, let's start doing some things that make sense economically and get the money flowing."
Carson, who became a subject of national conversation after he criticized policies being pursued by the Obama administration at the National Prayer Breakfast last month, also said both the Republican and Democratic parties had issues when it came to diversity and leveraging government policies for the advancement of minority groups.
"I think both parties have a diversity problem to be honest with you. I think in many cases one party has been able to get a lot of people who are of meager means to be dependent. And to make them believe that, that party is on their side. And I think that that has been a successful political strategy," said Carson.
"However, a lot of those people have a superiority complex and they promote programs that keep a certain segment of the population quite subservient and happy to be there as long as they're providing things for them rather than using those same resources to create mechanisms of elevating those people and moving them up," he added.
Carson, who has increasingly fielded questions about his political ambitions, reiterated that he had no plans to enter politics but will continue to be open to God's guidance. " I have no interest in running for political office. And that is the way I am gearing my life right now, but I also recognize that I am a servant of God and I will always do what I feel God is calling upon me to do. Right now I don't feel he is calling me to go into politics," said Carson.
And in a shot at Columbia University's political science professor Fredrick Harris, who said America knows nothing about the neurosurgeon's politics, Carson encouraged Harris to go read his books.
"Well what I would simply say to that professor at Columbia is, 'my politics are extremely well laid out in all the books that I've written and particularly in the last book, America the Beautiful. If you don't know what my political stance is after reading that you're a moron,'" said Carson.
If anybody is interested, I would strongly suggest watching the movie “GIFTED HANDS” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. It was released in 2009 and tells the story of Dr. Ben Carson.
My wife and I watched it last night and thought that it was very well done.
The best thing for African-Americans, young males and females is to get off their ass and look for a freakin’ job! I’ve never heard one African-American ‘’leader’’ ever point out that the nation and their ‘’communities are over-run with illegal aliens finding jobs and Homey isn’t.
Demonization of the subject by the Left in general and the black community in particular to begin in 3...2...1...
I give the guy credit. He has to know it is coming, but he speaks his mind anyway.
I have heard that courage is not defined as performance when there is a lack of fear, but the execution of that same action in spite of existing fear.
To know that you are likely to be ostracized, ridiculed and attacked for speaking your mind, yet you speak it anyway, is an act of courage.
RE: The best thing for African-Americans, young males and females is to get off their ass and look for a freakin job!
With the Obama administration and many municipalities FORCING businesses to pay entry level, no skilled teens (most of them African Americans ) $9 and hour, who’s going to even want to hire them? (even if they wanted to work for less, they can’t. The law won’t allow it).
The illegals manage to find jobs.
The “minimum wage” is probably the biggest obstacle standing between an unskilled worked and a job. And it is an obstacle to economic recovery, to say nothing about economic and personal freedom. But it makes the President and Congress and liberals feel good, so...
Now just how in the world can increasing slavery be detrimental to the black man?
RE: The illegals manage to find jobs.
I’m not sure how much they’re being paid though.
Here in NYC, the minimum wage is slated to go up to $8.75/hour after the next vote. That’s quite a handsome sum compared to what these illegals can earn in Mexico.
I have a friend who had his basement redone. He hired a contractor whose workers could not speak English.
After the job was done, he told me that had he hired other above-the-board paying contractors, he would have paid 30% or 40% more.
The thing is this -— NYC Cops KNOW that many of these illegals are working here for less than the minimum wage but don’t do a thing about it. They just shrug and say as long as they’re not committing any crime, it is not their job to arrest them ( or even inform immigration ).
That’s what you get in a de facto sanctuary city.
It’s a culture of indolence and immediate gratification. But you can’t say that aloud...if you do, depending on where it happens you will tarred as a “racist”...at the least...if in college you will face explusion, in the workplace...loss of a job.
Welcome to the USA in 2013.
That's how the Dems have gotten the lion's share of their votes; they're bought and paid for with OUR tax dollars.
Obama is just the latest version of what's wrong with black America. Actually, it's not just black Americans, but ALL Americans, black, white, hispanic, and native Indian, who have willingly accepted dependence on government handouts, continually pushed and increased by Democrats. By taking the handouts, rather than trying to get work, when they're able, they have become mired in poverty, and they hate anyone who tries to wean them from that dependency.
“The best thing for African-Americans, young males and females is to get off their ass and look for a freakin job!”
The cold hard fact of the matter is that “The Black Community” is a disgrace by any measure you care to apply. They now “own” their own circumstances. It’s no one elses’ fault but their own! The other day there was a post about a black woman with 15 children who was basically blaming everyone else for her situation and another post about a black guy who had, after eleven years and multiple trials, finally been sentenced to 142 years to life for murder! And I connected the dots in my mind that most likely some of those fifteen kids will end up like the black guy or worse. And it made me sad for them. But they will go through life being “kept” by the likes of Jackson, Sharpton, and the RAT Party rather than hearing the message of Dr. Carson and seeing a way to “real equality.” Stupid is as stupid does!
I agree. I had watched it before he gave the speech at the prayer breakfast. I was pleased to see that he had taken his life experiences to expose the fallacies of the leftist policies on inequality, healthcare, taxes, etc.
The problems in the black community must be solved by blacks themselves—not the white man and his government. Latinos are overrunning them and will soon make them a valueless group—arrogance and hate has marginalized them. Bottom line—Blacks will not work, blacks will play the race card against whites. Latinos will work and give an honest eight hours. I found this the case when I ran a business—and others in the business community confirm this idea.
Black people will not hear Dr. Carson. They can’t afford to. It is more than evident that the little barry bastard boy regime is exploiting black people. elevating on purpose the misery index, probably in hopes that balck people will bring on the riots little commie barry needs to declare a state of national emergency and suspend what he already ignores, The Constitution. ... It is hard to believe people, the democrips, can be as evil as they really are. But there it is!
The minimum wage is a full employment act for illegal aliens.