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Politically correct: Student speaks on Ben Carson comments

Presidential hopeful Ben Carson has a lot of explaining to do after recent comments relating to Muslims last week. The GOP’s second runner-up joins celebrity greats such as Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby in letting the young voters down by blaming “Political correctness culture” for their not being able to say racist or enabling things in their material/daily conversations. What sets Carson apart from the other two, however, is that he holds in his future the potential to run this nation.

In an interview with “Meet the Press,” Carson suggested that the Constitution does not accommodate a Muslim to ever be in the White House.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said. “I do not agree with that.”

His inflammatory remarks sparked outrage among social media; Carson singled out Islam as being unconstitutional and, in doing so, may have cost himself a large chunk of votes.

I’m not sure what got lost along the line here, but Carson forgot one crucial element about America: We are a nation built first and foremost on religious equality and immigration. Not only do Muslims have the right to run for president, but any person with any religious background has the opportunity to lead our nation because this is America, dammit.

Carson goes on to say that PC culture is the result of people being too offended. But if there’s something offensive being said, shouldn’t there be some sort of check system?

“The PC culture says whenever you’re asked a question, it has to be answered a certain way,” Carson said. “And if you don’t answer it that way, then, you know, let’s attack. And let’s not try to actually understand what a person’s saying — let’s just attack, attack, attack. And hopefully everybody else will look at that, and they will realize they are never supposed to say something like that again.”

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 26: Dr. Ben Carson speaks to address the crowd at CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 26: Dr. Ben Carson speaks to address the crowd at CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Almost a week later, Carson was also quoted telling NASCAR fans that having a Confederate flag flown at NASCAR events was OK. Considering the political climate involved with the flag, Carson might want to reconsider what the problem is, him or PC culture?

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Luke Janke

Luke Janke is a super senior studying journalism at FGCU. When he’s not listening to podcasts, he’s busy producing his own podcast, Full Pulp. Concerts and music are at the forefront of his horizon, and when there’s an ounce of free time you’ll find him in his home studio laying down tracks for his music project, Bull Moose Party. As a self-proclaimed nihilist, his affinity for death is emphasized by the authentic squirrel skull found on his desk in the newsroom.

1 Comment

  1. Joseph Le (@josephle2k)

    First skill to qualify for a liberal media is?
    Twist the Truth!

    Which the freshman seems qualified…
    Stay in school…

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