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In making that claim to the enthusiastic approval of a room full of white conservatives, Carson is, ironically, reminiscent of those slaves who identified so fully with "marse" and "ole miss," craved their approval so desperately, that they lost their very selves.
It is one thing for white conservatives to sing "nobody knows de trouble I’se seen" and proclaim themselves victims of slavery. It is quite another for an African-American man who, by definition, should know better, to second that delusion and thereby lend their racism a sheen of respectability.
The question of why he would so fully betray heritage is best left between Carson and his mirror — or, perhaps, between Carson and his mental health professional. The effects of that betrayal are, however, easy enough to enumerate.
It calls into question Carson’s grasp of basic history. It further damages the GOP "brand" and the party’s professed goal of outreach.
Worse, it trivializes one of the great sins of the last millennium, urinates on the unmarked graves of ancestors for a cheap rhetorical stunt. As such, the statement is beneath contempt.
And Dr. Carson is, too.
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