How Ben Carson Tainted His Legacy

ben carson in speaking in front of a podium
Brooke Brown
September 22, 2022

Ben Carson was once a prestigious neurosurgeon in the Black community. But today, he shows passive apathy for those who once enshrined his legacy on the walls of Detroit high school, Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine.

His ongoing political allegiance to Trump has many Black folks wondering what his deal is. The Detroit school board even voted to remove his name and rename their high school.

As the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Carson headed an agency that millions of low-income Black families depend on for subsidized mortgages, funding for thousands of public housing authorities, and managing the Section 8 rental voucher program.

The hero we'd hoped would advocate for our most vulnerable communities shucked and jived his way into a federal position, one that he continuously showed he was unqualified and ill-equipped to manage. This, of course, delights his anti-Black peers.

Carson's anti-Black moves are a reminder that all skin folk ain't kinfolk. Having representation in high places doesn't always do our people good. We deserve politicians and government officials with Black liberation on their agenda.

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