Dr. Ben Carson recently told The Wall Street Journal that after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, he hid a group of white kids in the biology lab of his high school so they could stay safe from the riots that erupted as a result. That’s all well and good, except it has the same problem that most of his childhood anecdotes seem to have — according to The Wall Street Journal, nobody else can corroborate the story.
Because Carson was working part-time in the biology lab, he had a key to the lab itself. It is also true that riots happened at his school. However, Carson can’t remember the names of the kids he helped, and no one else can remember the kids he helped either. In fact, no one can remember him helping anyone at all.
Carson wants you to believe he was a violent child maniac who helped keep white people safe from black people, turned down a full scholarship to West Point, and simply didn’t know that Mannatech was basically selling snake oil before accepting money from them. Well golly, if this turns out to be true, then I’m definitely on the Carson train.
— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) November 6, 2015
Unfortunately, the fact that nobody remembers Carson’s childhood anecdotes except for Carson has done absolutely nothing to his numbers in the polls. Barry Bennett pulled out the “guilty until proven innocent” chestnut, which seems oddly defensive. Maybe Bennett has a point. Can’t we just take the guy at his word? After all, this is the same man who said the pyramids were built by Joseph to store grain and enjoys casual comparisons of life today to slavery or the Holocaust.
If Jerusalem had the 2nd amendment, jesus wouldn’t have had to die #bencarsonwikipedia
— sam esfandiari (@samesfandiari) November 5, 2015
Carson, meanwhile, thinks it’s time to move on. According to him, this is all much more offensive than when people insisted on seeing Barack Obama’s birth certificate. As Carson himself said, maybe one of those white people he hid from the riots will come forward after all. And maybe my acceptance letter to Hogwarts just got lost in the mail.