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.