Ben Carson Calls for Dialogue Over Racism and Insults

If there’s anyone we need to hear from on racism, it’s someone who is not only black but who can speak in a way that gets everyone to listen. Ben Carson wants to start a dialogue on racism. The Housing and Urban Development Secretary may be on to something, too. He wants to make the solution be an “American” one instead of it being Democratic or Republican.

He knows that the protests aren’t doing anything except creating more of a divide. During CNN’s State of the Union, he made an important announcement that everyone needs to hear loud and clear: “What will help the national heal is if we engage in dialogue together.”

Carson was quick to acknowledge how strong America is. Countries like Russia and China will never be able to take us down. However, if we continue at the rate that we are going, we’re going to be our own undoing. He wants to remind people that Americans are not each other’s enemies.

Jake Tapper, the host of the CNN show, decided to point to Trump, Carson’s boss, to see if that was part of the problem.

Carson asked for Tapper to reserve judgment until after Trump will be addressing the topic in detail later on in the week.

There’s something to be said about Carson being the one to start this dialogue with America. Not only is he a man of color who grew up in Detroit when systemic racism was part of life but he was also a Republican presidential candidate. He knows how to play the politics of being heard, and he has garnered respect from both political parties.

He wants to use this moment as an opportunity to talk about racism since so many people are hyper-focused on it. He recognizes that racism has been around for a while and it will continue to be around. We can still fight it.

He talks about rogue policemen and the need to deal with the issues found within some of the police departments. However, he’s also quick to point out that the majority are wonderful. It’s the fact that the rogue ones are allowed to remain rogue – no one is doing anything about it. For the most part, it’s easier to turn a blind eye to the racism and the rogue cops than to actually fight for the end of racism – and that’s where Carson wants the dialogue to begin.

Condoleeza Rice, the former Secretary of State, wants to be in on the conversations, too. She has urged President Trump to change his tone when discussing matters of racism to obtain more empathy and to further the conversation. In an interview with Margaret Brennan on CNN, Rice has said that she’s asking to speak in “the language of unity, the language of empathy.”

It’s about time that we start doing something to address the problem that has officially spilled into the streets. The death of George Floyd wasn’t the catalyst. It was simply the last straw. The pot of racism has been brewing for decades, and George Floyd dying at the hands of a racist cop was simply the last event that people could take.

Racism has to be dealt with. It’s been evident in various walks of life for years. Too many people want to ignore the problem. Look where that has gotten us. The violence is spilling into the streets as a way for people to deal with their frustrations and demand action.

Ben Carson is calling for an end to the protests. Stop the looting. Stop the destruction of property. Let’s start a conversation. Condoleeza Rice is on board with a conversation, too.

So, America, we need to talk about racism. It needs to be addressed once and for all. It’s not going to be an easy talk. There are going to be some uncomfortable moments. However, if we want to avoid destroying America as we know it, the conversation has to happen now.

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  6. Racism did not heal under Obama but only kindled the fire and divided black and white. He had the opportunity to do so but, what America knows about him now, he never intended to use his influence except for his own benefit. Ben Carson and Condoleeza Rice are respected and have life experience and love for all Americans. America needs leaders who want to heal racism and have the influence to do so. Why do the Democratic leaders promise so much and deliver so little? History shows they have oppressed Black Americans sense they were freed in 1865 to the present. Where are the black civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King?

  7. dr carson , i wish to add shelby steele and bob woodson These 2 black americans have spoken on Levin on fox
    they say the problem is the left’s lie that makes them believe that the underclass cant make it without gov’t
    assistance. There are statistics that show that the dems have been in power fo 50 years but have not done anything for the blacks.
    dems make them believe only dependence on dems wil help them in this systemic racist country .lyndon johnson’s great society subsidized the blacks. then the guilty dems with their white guilt thought the black americans would believe them. they know they are being bambuzzled,
    these gentlemen should be included in the task force.
    I know you from Baltimore. we shared a lovely evening with you and Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum

  8. I would like to see Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Pence and President Trump get together at that White House. They seem to get along well with each other. Specially with Ben Carson. Ben Carson is a true black man. He fit right in the right place. Never mind about Obama. He is not a American citizen.
    Maybe we/Americans could get together and talk about Us/Black/White people, doesn’t matter who they are. Make yourself proud of being a greatest America. Our dear fathers/uncle go forwards fought together for many years ago. Let not waste it. It means a lot to your old fathers/uncles generation and YOU. God Bless you all and the America country.

  9. I was so disappointed that Ben Carson was not the republican nominee last time around. I believe we should all get behind and Condoleeza Rice now. They could lead this country on to unity and fairness. Let’s give them a shout-out!

  10. I respect this man. I supported him when he was running for our Presidency. He is a true American and knows and respects that people who want more should be willing to work for it. Not have it handed to them.

  11. Secretary Carson is right, as well as is, as
    Always, Condoleeza Rice, You can name only Four
    Cities and have several Million contacts with the public by the Police, Name Dallas TX, Chicago IL,
    Baltimore MD, Minneapolis MN, you have several million contacts with the Public by Police, One
    Half witted Policeman doesn’t speak for several Million Contacts. Blacks have been Killing Blacks in Chicago, as long as there has been a Chicago
    As well as everywhere else, killing them by the thousands, When has there been a race Riot in
    Chicago because a Black Person Killed another Black Person, the answer is not in 200 years, One
    Simple Minded Cop doesn’t speak for the Millions of contacts Police make with the public. Blacks haven’t stopped killing other Blacks over the Floyd issue.
    They have been killing and looting in Chicago as long as there has been a Chicago,
    Might be a plan to clean up ones house before they talk about the next

  12. I believe that Dr. Carson is the man that can lead this dialogue because this whole conversation MUST start in LOVE, and to know real is, you must have the love of Jesus in your very being, and that is Dr. Carson. I hesitate to use any name for any discussion, because that starts the conversation in the negative and any conversation must start in the positive. As hard as it will be, anger must be left at the door, otherwise there will never be any conversation, there will yelling and screaming and nothing will be accomplished. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

  13. I think this is a far more realistic approach than kneeling at a sporting event. They tried in 2017 and see where it got us. “If you always do what you’ve always done then you’ll always get what you always got”…the definition of insanity. How long will the NFL last financially if they disrespect for the flag and the National Anthem again. A recent pole shows 97% of those surveyed disagree with Baker Mayfield saying he’s going to kneel this year. If it didn’t work before, how’s it gong to work this time. It obviously didn’t help George Floyd. And isn’t kneeling what killed George Floyd?

  14. This is perfect for all black and white color skins people. We should all vote for Ben Carson to put him The house speaker to replace Nancy Pelosi. He is is really good for speaking out to all people. He is a good example for all the Americans. Maybe thing will change better for our children’s lives and next generations. We are one Black/White skins color and damn well BE proud America. Go Trump 😊😊

  15. I believe this could make huge difference in all that are willing to do this, but to change the evil minds in all people , I think prayer would be the solution along with a real won’t to, not to just say okay, but really make it for the rest of our lives. People are so known to say okay then when something happens we don’t think is right , doubt fills us again and we never believe them again. So it will be hard to keep the real change going without laws to follow.

  16. Anger and hatred are contagious and insidious. They cause us to communicate with negative emotions, rather than using our heart and intellect.
    We have to be able to discuss and debate difficult issues without viewing the person that disagrees with us as the “enemy”, stupid or beneath us, just because they have a different opinion.
    We used to be able to respect someone as a person, without agreeing on every issue. That “lost art” is never more apparent than how our elected representatives deal with each other today, at least in public.
    Being able to debate an issue, without making the disagreement a personal attack, is critical to finding a compromise that allows us to move forward as a couple, an organization, a city or a country.

  17. The best thing to stop racism is to stop talking about it. I won’t say your black and you won’t say I am white. Now we have no differences. So lets get back to work.

  18. The is no one better or more equipped to lead a fair national dialog on race than Dr Carson. White people MUST have the right in this dialogue to finally tell our side of the story, and have our point of view expressed, without being attacked by Leftist rhetoric. White people in America are not allowed to have a collective-positive identity. And we are sick of this. We have waited, far too long, to openly address the ever increasing racist attacks we suffer. At this time, it is now openly stated by Black professors that ” we might have to kill some White people”. This is crazy, and if this continues, it will escalate, and there will be another civil war in America.
    White people will eventually use lethal force when BLM and Antifa come to kill our children. Be aware of this: there are 100 million + conservative Americans (which includes many Blacks) who own 400 million guns. Think about that. Don’t want war? Then stop the all out media war against White people.

  19. there is ZERO evidence that Chauvin’s actions were racist — for all we know this was a private, personal issue between 2 men — having a discussion about racism is one thing, making assumptions and calling something racist when there is nothing factual to even support it isn’t going to further anything except mistrust — and making assumptions that racism is only white against black is another misconception / misrepresentation that is divisive

  20. Personally I’m getting sick and tired of the race game. Blacks actually have more rights than white people. Affirmative action, Black only colleges, Black only awards, The Black Caucus, The Black Panthers (who hate white people), I could go on and on but the point is, this isn’t 1865, it’s 2020, there are no slaves, there are no slave owners, just some Black people today who think for some reason they are being discriminated against because their black. Ben Carson is an example of someone who despite being black, went on and became a doctor.

  21. I’m thrilled that God laid it on your heart, Sir, to step up to the plate
    to help solve this dreadful problem. I wish you every success with
    your task at hand.
    May God bless you richly. Thank you

  22. Bullsh*t. There doesn’t need to be another discussion on “racism”. Frankly, the term has been overused so much that I don’t know what it means anymore. And it’s the height of hypocrisy to whine about racism when you hate others for their religion, skin color or anything else. If you support people like Al Sharpton or Louis Farrakhan, don’t lecture me about racism.

    Instead, let’s commit to something simple – if you don’t like something being done to you, don’t do it to anyone else. You want to be treated with respect? Treat others, including the police, with respect. You don’t like being called names? Don’t call anyone else names. Get the point?

  23. We need to get specific on what exactly are some of the attitudes races have toward other races. Such as my attitude on what blacks think? Do they think it’s okay to steal since they were oppressed and are “denied opportunity”? What opportunities are they being denied today that I’m getting and they are not? I see successful blacks on TV, lawyers, doctors, politicians, actors, athletes., PRESIDENT OF THE USA.. They have the same opportunity as I to get a Pell grant to go to school. There are places like NOCE (North Orange County Education) that have FREE school and ALL CAN GO. Adult programs at night school to get diplomas. Racism is a taught behavior and who is teaching blacks that their is this invisible wall? Don’t blacks get out to see if this wall is really there, or do they just take (Dems?) word for it and don’t even bother to get out and look for themselves? Teach their kids to be angry for their ancestors, a heavy burden for these kids to carry and give them a reason for not trying to be successful? Then when they aren’t they blame society today & whitie? Nobody is going to give them this because they scream. They have to make it happen themselves by getting educated & vote.

  24. We need a conversation. We need to punish law breakers on either side of the divide as individuals, not as a group. We need to stop viewing ourselves different from other humans – stop the focus on race, gender, religion, wealth, job, sexual identity, education, or any other non-relevant criteria. America was great coming out of WWII because we were all working toward a common goal. Women were not allowed in combat roles so built planes; now they are in combat roles, including high level officers. Blacks we not allowed in the white squadrons flying the planes, but several black units did very well. Now they are mixed with whites in all levels in the military. Everyone pulled together in WWII, and since then many of the artificial barriers have come done. If we quit focusing on dividing us, the rest will fall also.

  25. Dr. Carson is a man many respect. He has/is doing a lot with his life. He learned from his single parent mother that hard work, lots of reading and education will help you in life. He certainly obtained those goals. As a retired teacher, I know what our children can achieve if we just let them and stop dumbing down their education. I would like to hear what he says.
    My beliefs are: we are all American, I believe in the individual, I look at the content of a person’s character, not their color. All lives matter. And yes, I stand for the flag. I am proud of who I am. Think people need to be responsible, work hard and not blame others. You have one life, make the most of it. People of all colors have succeeded in our great country.
    As I watch what is being allowed in Seattle, thugs stealing 6 blocks of other people’s property, mayor telling police to abandon their station, and that it is “summer of love”, “block party”, and these criminals are being patriotic. That is insane. Demo governor didn’t know about for days, doing nothing. Demo council women using her key to let them into City Hall at night. NO!!! Armed guards are standing guard around these stolen 6 blocks. Residents are scared. Businesses are asked to pay them for protection. If our demo politicians won’t do anything, federal government needs to bring in armed military now. This is not helping Americans, this is tearing America apart. No blm painted on our streets in Seattle and DC. No, all people, the individual. Please take that discrimination off our streets.
    Allowing protestors/rioters during a pandemic is not rise. Destroying black communities and businesses leaving is not helping. Help support families and slow down black on black killings.
    I support our police. Yes, there a few bad ones that need to leave, but most are wonderful people. These protestors are really causing them to hurt. We need police.
    Work together America and help all of us get back to working and children to higher expectations schools. ❤️🇺🇸

  26. Certainly gotta start somewhere. Rice may have to refrain since she was involved in the HRC scandals and Bengazi coverup and unmasking of Flynn. Need honest folks at the table and just cuz they are black, whites and police and leaders need to be involved. Democratic Mayors, Council people and Governors need to explain why it all happened in their cities under their watch. Why haven’t they made progress on helping blacks and the poor? Be honest.

    1. Mimi, I believe that you have the wrong Rice, Susan Rice was the one involved in the scandal, not Condoleeza Rice. Correct me if i am mistaken.

    2. Your mixing Condoleeza Rice (George W Bush era) with Obama’s Susan Rice…remember her saying “the Benghazi attack was started by a video”…some unknown guys video that know one ever saw.

    3. Thank you Moe; true Media should be replaced’ are adlease keep American Media open too teach up an coming youths correctly’ own it or make a paycheck! I am open to help with new beingings that will be ‘Starting with giving our Communities to be the best again with American Blacks’. “That way it can be reduilded not going backwards simply mixing with Communities that is not trying too take over by tearing down!”
      We don’t need Sanituary Cities and this is the second round of tearing down Communities; and everyone moved into drugs, Blacks moved out of jobs and took away jobs, for new Citizens. We worked two jobs too pay rent at $5.-8.00s & hour. Because they stared paiding other races less /Spanish, Latina’s, Chinese, Mexicans, Anians, 12 tribes Internationally sold out the Country for drugs and money where people’s would continue not too see in the Black Communities! Made it hard to us too buy property along not enough money, interese rates went up which slowly pulled the middled class down. More drugs, no jobs, unless you were in your twenties this was the third time of lack in the Black Communities…etc.

  27. Dr. Benjamin Carson was my first choice for President, I supported him heart and soul. He was pushed out of the primary race and told us followers only Trump held his values and dreams.
    Carson philosophies include, Black American ownership of private property, self employment though private ownership of business, trades for those whom were failed by schools, and fair loans to make these dreams possible. People don’t just live in community they owe it. Everything the doctor offered his people was in reality independence and actually physical rewards of ownership and pride in creating. His vision is a far cry of the demented delusional vision of the democrats in Congress. Dr, Carson; “ my plan offers a seat at the table through private property ownership and a voice to be heard.” He dreamed of freeing all of us from government dependence as a solution to our problems, he feared big government as being out of touch with reality. In my personal opinion, you not have to accept it, we will never be a free people again, we lost our freedom in January 2009, until we end propaganda leftest media, press, magazines, entertainment, radio, and leaders with a fair and just balance and outlets held responsible for hiding their political desire to work for a one party news country like in communist dictatorships. Today we live under a twisted sick media lying to us daily and inciting violence.

    1. Thank you Moe; true Media should be replaced’ are adlease keep American Media open too teach up an coming youths correctly’ own it or make a paycheck! I am open to help with new beingings that will be ‘Starting with giving our Communities to be the best again with American Blacks’. “That way it can be reduilded not going backwards simply mixing with Communities that is not trying too take over by tearing down!”

  28. Part of the ‘dialogue’ and the most important, is EDUCATION which includes opportunity and choice. Big companies have the responsibility to bring the underprivileged into their fold and give them opportunity and train them. So, bring the private sector into the conversation to elevate everyone who wants a chance to rise.

  29. The black population is about 12.6% of the entire population and hispanics, about 16.3% according to the 2010 census. whites are 72%, which simply means that BLM is pushing for minority rule. That describes a dictatorship, a totalitarian regime, socialism and communism. There is no example in human history that a minority ruled society has ever succeeded in dispensing equitable rights to all it’s population and a fare system of enforcing those rights. And in particular, the last several hundred years have produced countless example of minority oppression of a majority, with desastruous results. Look at royalties, military dictatorships, socialism and communism. A country of 330 million people, of the most diverse population anywhere, has a most complex table of issues to deal with in its attempts to implement an equitable socio-economic system ruled by men and laws. Such a nation cannot ever be compared with much smaller nations with mostly homogeneous populations of mostly up to 15 to 20 million.

    1. Lee. After reading your statement’I have give my opinion as being taged Black in America, and is an American Citizens. You must first understand that ‘ this is not a matter of sensitivity. Were borne with a Bloodline of being White 89% British, African 9% Fathers: Black Cherokee; White Chickasaw, Mothers…meaning the Color is tagged, more dumenet is a dark tone, Alfro Black Americans!
      So too others I am a Black majority of about 6.0% of America’s People’s. “The other Blacks you see is about 16 to 27%” inwhich White America calls the Black Communities are full Blood…African’s from Africa. We have to be careful when our children’s mix’ because they are targeted both ways’ Whites and Blacks as in Africans they know this but whites don’t know this. So when we mix most of the time it doesn’t work. “Because of Religion instead of just being people’s” the men especially, which makes the women pull back! So now we have to Enemies too contend with. It was easier living separately in simply a Black Community along, accept the police became an enmity against us, after other races were added into Black American Communities their has been no getting along. Because what people want understand is they were brainwashed against us’ now all they see is stay back! Join us and Sharia: After that we don’t belong; they separates and come against! Why do whites’ fear of strong Blacks tages…they are dirty because of drugs, the lower blacks, the middle blacks every race think about it; the higher blacks feel they don’t want to be bothered Why? drugs …..This is in every race, yet its placed on “Tagged Black Communities” solve the problem. They Voted out in the 80’s ‘The Civil Equal Rights For Blacks” things went down know more rights in the U.S! Put It Back Mr. CARSON…..

  30. I have been in Dispute Resolutions for over 40 years and the most effective tool I have found is “talking to each other”; not fighting, not trying to prove your point is the :only point.” Communications is a two way highway. We have to be able to listen first, then speak later.

  31. Sec carson ,thanks for stepping up to lead the conversation. you and general brown certainly know what is needed to move up.
    there is so much to do
    get the statistics out to show that blacks are not as poorly treated as the media and dems want us to believe
    no one is talking about the class warfare that is at the bottom of this
    education for poor to teach them how to work with bots
    homeless need housing fabricated by printers
    education urban farming could provide wonderful metier. people like to live in cities. tracts for verticle urban farming
    bots manage the nutrients and weather,etc. very scientific.
    education to teach about our history. the constitutional republic we have is not given the attention it deserves
    why doe every one want to come here if is suc h racist place. we have passed laws to assure the vote,the ist amendment, due process,etc. we worked on it and we got it done. we dont want socialism. we want the private and philanthopic sectors to be involved with their ingenuity and imagination. the american people stepped up in the pandemic. the underclass has to be adressed

  32. Dr. Carson and Ms. Rice are the voices of reason and common sense. We have to be able to speak with each other. Get rid of the shouting and spewing profanities. That doesn’t do anyone any good. The problem is that it is almost impossible to reason with unreasonable people who make up most of the crowd of looters, rioters and arsonists. Get rid of those clowns so all Americans can enjoy our freedoms and country.

  33. Dr. Carson has my respect and admiration for his work as a physician and as a human being. So proud he is working for the U.S. Government and all its’ people. He is one of the most intelligent people in our government so I hope that people will listen to his advice when he speaks.

  34. It is about time someone has enough courage to address the REAL problem. All races are guilty of racism. Some more than others. I really would like to see Dr. Carson’s and Condoleesa Rices’s dialogue on this subject advance as quickly as possible to civilize our country .

  35. I’ve always been a fan of Dr. Carson. I was going to vote for him for President, but at the time, he was rather shy and soft spoken!!!! He’s come out of his shell!!

  36. As long as each person involved in the communications are civil, not bad mouthing, or using profanity it will work or at least I think it will. Airborne

  37. I think Dr. Carson and Condoleeza Rice would be excellent spokespeople to help bring unity to the topic of racism.

  38. Appreciate Dr. Carson’s sensitive, sensible attitude; wish there more in our government that would dialog as Americans rather than political party members.

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