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Black conservatives are starting their own right-wing digital magazine for African-Americans just in time for the November congressional and gubernatorial elections. The weekly online magazine American Currentsee will no doubt take plenty of shots at President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda.

The magazine’s publisher is Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins who has emerged as a vocal black Republican.

In the past several months, he has lobbed inappropriate verbal bombs at Obama at every opportunity. I don’t have a problem with a black conservative magazine, but I do have a problem with Carson. This is the same man who said: “I have to tell you, Obamacare is, really I think, the worst thing that’s happened in this nation since slavery.”

Slavery? Really?

I have a problem with Carson when he says that the Affordable Care Act should be dismantled; that wealthy Americans have always given back; that people are not going hungry on the streets because government social programs are providing for them. His rhetoric sounds like it comes straight from the Republican political playbook.

Now a commentator for Fox News, Carson is an embarrassment. He is long on criticism and short on substance. He spends most of his time criticizing Obama but offers few solutions to complex social problems.

But Carson has emerged as the Black face of the Republican Party – for now -though his rhetoric at times defies logic.

“The ruling elite has convinced too many young adults that it’s OK to stay at home and live in your parents’ basements playing video games or aimlessly roaming the streets with friends,” Carson wrote in an essay about his new magazine. “After all, you can get a monthly check, a free cell phone and health insurance from Uncle Sam for doing nothing.”

Longtime conservative Armstrong Williams joins Carson as executive editor and Fox News’ Juan Williams, who contributed to the first issue. The site debuted March 30 and is bankrolled by The Washington Times.

“Opportunity has been replaced by despair. Embracing character, values, marriage and family has been ridiculed,” Carson wrote. “Government dependence has been substituted for self-reliance. And mediocrity has replaced excellence.”

“We need a new media source that embraces hard work, moral character, family values, good education and self-reliance and inspires the next generation with role models who have cast off the chains of mediocre expectations and proven that the American dream is alive and well,” Carson wrote.

Considered a rising star in the conservative movement, Carson has implied that he’s open to running for president and proved he certainly isn’t shy about criticizing Obama. Carson, 61, who grew up in Detroit, says Obama is dangerously divisive. “It’s time for people to stand up and proclaim what they believe and stop being bullied!” Carson said recently at a Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC.

“I’ll let you know why I’m not a fan of political correctness. I hate political correctness [and] I will continue to defy the PC police who have tried in many cases to shut me up.”

Carson’s new conservative magazine for African-Americans has only been available for one week and yet I feel I’ve already heard enough.

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18 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Dr. Ben Carson Heads New Right-Wing Magazine

  1. VBucGreen on said:

    Ben Carson, Armstrong William and Juan William are entitled to their opinion; that is not to say they are correct. There have been house negroes since time begin and it is not going to cease. Just because several blacks get ahead, white folks used them as the measuring stick to say all blacks should be able to move ahead, well that is not the case and never will be the case. Institutional Racism will see to it that only so many blacks will get ahead. Look at the Criminal Justice System; the false incarceration of people of color, moving jobs over seas and blaming the citizens of this country. Some black folks we just have to disown and now is the time.

    • IanRousseault on said:

      VBucGree, some one should wash your mouth out with soap. There are no such things as ‘House Negroes’ why must people deal with insufferable unintelligent statements by uneducated people????

    • IanRousseault on said:

      NO! We are called VERY successful Black Americans who have made it in this world, without all of the stupid whining and excuse making about life. If people don’t care for America, get your money together and GET the F___ out and move to another Country!!!!! This is very simple!

      • IanRousseault on said:

        And so what! What’s wrong with sounding like those Gentlemen??? Look Ivan Cohen, everyone has their own opinion about life, you have to accept that and move on with your own life. A true Gentlemen and an Adult realizes and understands this!!!!!

  2. Timekeeeper on said:

    Some on this post are getitng this message all twistred up. Black peole never have been monolithic. In fact, truth be told I believe people of color are even more conservative than their white counterparts. It is not conservatism that black people have run away from ( contrary to popular belief. It is the often rude, coded language, and at times out and out bigotry that some conservaitve politicians have displayed. It is that hateful language ( and Not the fact that Obama is black that has driven people f color away from the republican party. If you are a fan of Ben Carosn that’s fine. But this goes well betond Mr. Carson and his magazine. Carson says that “Obamacare is worst than Hitler” If this is what you prefer to hear about and this is the magazine you welcome, terrific. But if this is your truth, I would sugggest a lesson in World War 2 politics. And I dont mean Schindler’s list, or a john Wayne movie either. I mean a cold hard lesson about Auschwitz and other horrific , tormented places duirng the 3rd Reich. This has nothing to do with the plantation, or massa or any other cute terms that sond good over a bowl od Corn Flakes. This is purley about hate. I am not liberal, nor conservaitve. This isnt bout either party, left, right or center. What I am advocating for is a dialogue that allows us to be different, even argumentative without berating each other to the point of no return.We all know there are plenty of problems that need to be addressed in some black communities.that is no excuse to try and have the last word when the last word is insulting and disgusitng.

  3. IanRousseault on said:

    Although I do not agree with everything Dr. Carson has to say, I do welcome this new magazine from black conservatives. He certainly has the right to his OWN opinion. I simply cannot figure out why there are some black people that are soooooo threatened by other blacks that have a different outlook on life. Black Conservatives are not the enemy, they should be welcomed into the dialogue that we have about American life. There is a large segment of the black population that really should just grow the F___ up and stop all of this nonsense over a difference of opinion. You might not agree with everything Conservatives have to say, but they unequivocally have the right to say it in in AMERICA!!!!!!

    • Ivan Cohen on said:

      Which “conservatives” are you referring to? The Tea Party kind? What is left of the Ronald Reagan/George Herbert Walker Bush kind of conservatives? The George W. Bush or Mitt Romney kind of conservatives? The Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Mike Huckabee, Rush Limbaugh kind of conservatives? In this day and age conservative has become the equivalent of a tyrant.

  4. Well first off there are now plenty of Leftwing liberals who are criticizing Obama
    And the premise is that Dr. Carson is some sort of “sell-out” because unlike the majority of blacks
    he refuses to kiss the ring of the democratic plantation massa the one that sticks that dependency needle in your arm from birth keeps your underage daughters pregnant your sons ignorant and jobless.
    Blacks have fared worse under this administration than ANY republican yet instead of addressing that
    the democratic plantation masters play on your ignorance and keep you in line (you know how rich
    affluent black personality’s tell you how racist and you don’t have a chance in this country) never mind that there making millions, hum how did that happen . I guess Dr. Carson didn’t buy into that

  5. he’s been compromised. I would have to teach my children about other ‘IMPRESSIONABLE’ people of Melanin that are not bamboozled by what’s going on around them in the world today.

  6. I respected Ben Carson as a pioneer in neurosurgery. Now he is no more than a cheerleader for the right. Spewing ridiculous rhetoric to grab attention. He has reduced himself to the likes of Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter. The “hey look at me-I just said something awful about the black president” group. He is no more than a puppet for the conservatives. He will never be president. What a waste of time and talent.

  7. Timekeeeper on said:

    This is the right wing (racvist) America’s dream. To have people of color throw insluts, potshotrs and flat out hate towards one another. Now, dont get it twisted. Black people are not a monolithic group of people, Nor should they be. We all have a right to various opinions and feelngs about politics and everything else. But this isnt about different opinions ad I hope no one is that niave. This will be about tearing each others throat out, plain and simple. This is all part of an all out war to destroy and solidarity people of color ever had. (No that we ever had that much) Byut there are certain levels of the bottom of the barrel we should never go ot. Other nationa;lities stop short of denegrating each other. WE Dont!! And that is what the right wing, tea party,Koch Brothers, and in general the bigoted community at lare are baking on. too many are all too willing participants in one upmanship and will go to any lengths to have the last word. Even if that Last Word is foull, infignant, below the belt, racist, from the gutter and anything else you can think of. I dont expect Ben Carosn to stop. He is getitng a big fat paycheck for all of this. Why? Becuase hate sells. But I do hope that some of us who might get involved an daily pissing contests with each other might; instead realize the foul stench of the enemy in all of this and refrain from letitng us get out of character so much that all of us wind up losing. This is a train wreck startring. Please dont hop on board.

    • Ivan Cohen on said:

      Dr. Carson will have to make do with the “big fat paycheck.” He certainly is not going to be the Republican nominee for President in 2016. Sooner or later Carson will be getting some other “reality checks” and not by way of the post office either.

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