Dr. Ben Carson says Michael Brown and Ferguson is an opportunity for dialogue


WASHINGTON, August 18, 2014 — Dr. Ben Carson, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and Fox News commentator said on Monday that the debacle in Ferguson, Missouri, could provide an opportunity to open a dialogue about “what is going on in Detroit and Chicago and New Orleans and Washington DC.”

Carson told Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” that he believes much of the trouble in Ferguson is being initiated by “outsiders,” and he said the looters are “opportunists.”

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Carson said if he was in charge of discussions, he would ask the people in Ferguson who are involved in rioting what exactly it is they want and what message they are trying to get across.

The current problem is exacerbated by lack of positive leadership, according to Carson. He noted that he and Al Sharpton want the same kinds of things, but have very different approaches to how to reach those goals.

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Carson said he spoke to Rev. Al Sharpton at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and suggested they debate to discuss solutions to the current problems. He noted that Sharpton was initially enthusiastic about that, but the debate has not materialized.

For Carson, one of the first ways to help alleviate the problems in the country is to improve the economy and get business back into a position to hire workers. In a January interview with NewsmaxTV, Carson noted, “If you let the economy work the way it’s supposed to in a free market environment, there’ll be plenty of jobs and people determine their own value by what they know and what they are capable of doing.”

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Carson also disagrees with the current welfare system, which he believes acts as a disincentive.

In an appearance on The View last May, Dr. Carson said, “When you rob someone of their incentive to go out there and improve themselves, you are not doing them any favors.” He further said, “What’s happening is we’re going from a can-do society to a ‘what can you do for me’ society.  That never leads to the elevation of a society. That always leads to the decline of a society.”

One proposal Carson has made is to limit the time someone can spend on welfare. During that period, recipients would receive education and job training in an effort to position them for success.

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  • Jan Jones

    Dr. Carson has my profound respect for wanting to solve problems instead of exacerbating them. All statistics prove out that our huge entitlement system has made it far more difficult for the black community to merge into their fair share of opportunity here in America. I don’t blame any of them for being angry given the facts of the welfare way of life, which includes the breakdown of the Black American family, and the attendant miseries associated with that. We have got to start being able to see that, and to start looking for real solutions. If God appeared today and showed us all an instant replay of what happened in Ferguson, and it turned out to be very different from what the community there thinks happened, would they be strong enough to accept the facts or prefer to be angry anyway? The anger might just be because of racism, but I think it also is totally fueled by the lack of will to get off the system and try hard to reach for the stars. Dr. M.L.King said when you’re behind, you have to try a little harder to make up the gap. Dr. Carson understands that from personal experience, and his story should be enough for all to know that things can get better with a sense of direction, a change of attitude, a desire for knowledge and the drive to excel. I hope this heartbreaking business in Ferguson will absolutely be the catalyst for dialogue that this country needs, because the same things are happening in all our big cities. Our people- ALL of them- need to know there are ways out of the dead-end .