Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and current Republican presidential candidate, has sent more inflammatory and controversial statements into the airwaves. He recently theorized that kids born out of wedlock or raised by single parents are tied to higher rates of poverty and crime.
According to DCPols:
“We need to face the fact that when young girls have babies out of wedlock, most of the time their education ends with that first baby,” Carson said. “And those babies are four times as likely to grow up in poverty, end up in the penal system or the welfare system. You know, I’m not making this stuff up. That’s well-documented. That’s a problem.”
Carson has continually railed against what he sees as a decline in traditional values and family structures, particularly when discussing problems facing the black community. He said during a visit to New York’s Harlem in August that to address urban violence, “we need to be talking about, ‘How do we instill values into people again?’ And those are family and faith.”
Carson, the only black candidate running for president in either party, has pointed fingers at “the hip-hop community” for damaging the black community. He also has dismissed the Black Lives Matter movement as “silly” and “divisive” and has called the distinction between saying “black lives matter” and “all lives matter” a product of “political correctness going amuck.”
This is a most interesting statement from Carson, when you taking into account that he is a product of a single parent household after his father was caught living with his secret family in Michigan. Carson’s mother raised he and his brother Curtis alone as a single mom.
Furthermore, the current president of the United States, Barack Obama, was raised by a single mother after she and Barack Obama Sr., divorced when Barack Jr. was very young.