Uncle Ben Carson, degrading Blacks and pandering to White America

By Richard B. Muhammad -Editor- | Last updated: Oct 18, 2013 - 10:46:37 AM

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( - When Ben Carson, a Black man who was gifted as a surgeon, entered discussions about politics on the Republican side of the aisle, it could have been something special and something different.

He could have been an independent Black man who refused to march in lockstep with often-weak kneed Democrats and who stood up to subtle and not-so-subtle GOP racism.

Instead he made bold statements and buck-danced his way back on the Republican plantation in a way worthy of buttered biscuits, fried chicken and a slew of watermelons. 

Speaking Oct. 11 to a gathering of conservatives inside the Rethuglican Party, the surgeon declared Obamacare was the worst thing to hit the country since slavery and was a kind of slavery.

Outrageous. Insulting. Self-humiliating.

Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, is an insurance program that expands health coverage. It basically requires purchasing health care as a way to beat health costs. Whether you agree or disagree, it does not compare to the murder of millions of human beings, the rape of a continent, the psychotic-systematic torture and degradation of human beings and centuries of dehumanization, exploitation and oppression.

Slavery was a crime against humanity and such a heinous act that God Himself is moving against those who participated in this global atrocity and who benefited from it. According to the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, America sealed her doom by dragging our forefathers from their native land. With that act, the Divine Hand began to move to judge the nation that we have served.

You can accept it or reject it, but if God won’t punish those who had a hand in our enslavement and destruction, there is no God. If God could move against Egypt for harsh treatment of the Children of Israel, against Babylon for wickedness and against Rome for corruption, He must move against those whose hands are drenched in the blood of the slave trade.

Millions of our people died in this horrendous system of trafficking that was unlike any form of slavery found anywhere in the world. It was perpetual, inescapable, inexcusable. Who else endured centuries of being bought and sold, raped and beaten, burned, branded and lynched? No one.

Others have suffered and all human suffering is tragic but we have a claim, the claim, of having paid the ultimate price and still suffer the after-effect of that horror.

The Jewish people have enough self-knowledge and self-respect to challenge and obliterate any attempt to trivialize or even compare any suffering to their Holocaust under fellow Caucasians in Europe.

But obviously not matter how much education we receive and no matter how many letters are logged behind our names, we still don’t know who we are. Not knowing who we are we hope to be like our former slavemasters’ children and be accepted by them. No act is too degrading and no statement too self-hating. It really betrays a sickness that must be uprooted but one that American education promotes. To be free of this system one must be taught outside of its constructs and taught the fundamental knowledge of these people who committed such unpardonable sins. One must also be taught the knowledge of self and the enemy of self.

So to once again see a Black man seeking favor with White America by insulting the memories and the suffering of our ancestors is a reminder. We may be trained, but we are not educated. How could we be? We still don’t know who we are.

(Final Call editor-in-chief Richard B. Muhammad can be reached at editor@ You can also follow him on Facebook and @RMfinalcall on Twitter.)