Touré: Dr. Ben Carson is Republicans’ guilt-easing ‘black friend’

By David Ferguson
Saturday, March 23, 2013 12:51 EDT
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Friday night on “The Cycle,” co-host Touré discussed how African-American conservative Dr. Ben Carson is serving as conservatives’ “black friend” who they keep around because it helps to assuage their feelings of racial guilt. Rather than taking up token minority spokespersons, Touré suggested, the GOP would be better served by not pursuing racist policies like vote suppression.

“Just so we’re clear,” he began, “I’m not really into being the ‘black friend.’ If I get that sense that you like me just because I’m black and you’re, sort of, exoticizing that, then your emails stop getting returned.”

He said that he feels that many black people would agree, but for people like the Republican Party, “black friends” are always in demand because “some people need them to make themselves feel not racist.”

He quoted the so-called 2012 “autopsy report,” the RNC-funded dossier titled the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” which said the Republicans “should be committed to a lasting relationship within the African-American community year-round, based on mutual respect and with a spirit of caring.”

“They do indeed need to build that, because I don’t feel cared about by the GOP at all,” Touré quipped. “People who respect and care about me don’t try to suppress my vote. I’m kind of big on that.”

He urged the GOP, if they want to maintain that “spirit of caring,” to stop trying to kill the Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action, and to “stop calling me a ‘taker’ and a lazy person and a non-real American.”

So, while the Republican Party may comfort itself that its minority outreach program is its hope for the future, Touré said that for many African-Americans, it seems like “They say they want a new relationship while continuing to try to screw us over.”

For Republicans, he said, “It’s time for a new ‘black friend.’ Enter Dr. Ben Carson! He’s smart! And helpful in assuaging their guilt.”

The pediatric neurosurgeon is a “bootstraps kinda guy,” Touré asserted, who presents himself as having made his way from poor kid to successful physician on his own initiative, give or take a government student loan or two. “Let’s not let facts ruin a perfectly good ‘I built it myself’ story!”

“Carson is a brilliant medical thinker,” said Touré, “but he’s got intellectual tumors in his mind like a flat tax – which is regressive and ignorant in the face of American wealth inequality where the top 1 percent own 35 percent, and the bottom 60 percent own 2.3 percent. I doubt Jesus would tax them equally, just as I doubt the GOP would entertain a white, non-politician with unserious ideas.”

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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