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Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson smiles as he is cheered at a rally at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena in Anaheim, California on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (Leonard Ortiz/The Orange County Register via AP)

    Rep. Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” said Ben Carson in a recent interview.

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon so we expect him to be relatively smart.

I mean the man performs brain surgery, which is what I assume to be one of the most difficult jobs in all the land–next to rocket science and splitting the atom.

But from time to time, Carson says some thing that make me question his intellect.

This latest statement included.

The fact that Carson does not feel a Muslim should be president is not my biggest issue. It is the fact that he had no supporting reasons for saying it. In this great country of ours we have a lot of “isms” and phobias: homophobia, sexism, ageism, and racism.

Dr. Carson who was once the youngest director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital is also a black man so I am sure he has been a victim to at least one of those things in his lifetime and it bothers me when the oppressed attempt to become the oppressor.

In that same interview he mentions that a Muslim running for Congress “is a different story, but it depends on who that Muslim is and what their policies are, just as it depends on what anybody else says, you know.”

This type of thinking is reminiscent of when we as a people were told that we could not vote or use the same facilities as our Caucasian counter parts. The brazen bigotry against Muslims that is being openly displayed is disturbing and Carson should check himself because as the saying goes: “But for the grace of God, there go I”.

It wasn’t too long ago that black folks were the prime targets of societal bullying.

We were once the kids wandering around the lunchroom looking for a place to sit. Now that great strides have been made and we have a seat at the table we cannot forget what we have endured and we certainly cannot tell others, “You can’t sit here”.

It is unfair to characterize the belief and actions of extremists as representative of an entire religion or group of people.

But I suppose I shouldn’t expect much from the man who said, “Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

Get it together Ben Carson and think about the ramifications of your words before you speak.

It shouldn’t be hard; it’s not like its brain surgery.

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