Bestselling author and conservative icon Dr. Ben Carson lays out a hopeful and inspiring roadmap for bringing people together — instead of dividing each other — over race in America.
External physical characteristics that are genetically encoded are things over which no individual has control. But rather than appreciating the gift of diversity, some have chosen to use it to drive wedges between groups of people. Some of these external characteristics are associated with the past moral failing of slavery. Though slavery in America formally ended in the 1860s, the vestiges of that evil institution are still with us today, and those vestiges often inflict guilt on some and facilitate feelings of victimhood in others.
In Created Equal, Dr. Carson uses his own personal experiences as a member of a racial minority, along with the writings and experiences of others from multiple backgrounds and demographics, to analyze the current state of race relations in America. Instead of using race as an excuse to remake America into something completely antithetical to the Constitution, Dr. Carson suggests ways to enhance and bring great success to our nation and all multiethnic societies by magnifying America's incredible strengths instead of her historical weaknesses.
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A lifetime has passed since my early experiences with racism in Detroit, Chattanooga, and Boston. Happily, the racial atmosphere in all those places and across the country has changed markedly during my lifetime. We now have racial diversity in public office, integrated neighborhoods, integrated schools, integrated churches, and significant diversity among the educated and professional classes in all of those cities. This is not to say that we have reached Nirvana, but it is to say that tremendous advances in obliterating racism have been made, contrary to the narrative put forth by many today that we have a systemically racist system and nothing has changed. Yes, racism still exists, but so does liberty and justice for all. Each of us has the opportunity to choose which things we want to emphasize.
Dr. Ben Carson is a bestselling author, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and the former director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the land, and he holds more than 70 honorary doctorate degrees.