Ben Carson: Gay Is Not the New Black

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Retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is tired of talking about gay rights. The controversial conservative had liberals in a frenzy after telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo that homosexuality was a choice in a March interview. People “go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay,” he said before later issuing an apology. While he isn’t going so far as to retract that apology, he admits that he was “irritated” by Cuomo’s attempt to draw a line from the civil rights movement to the fight over gay marriage.

“Quite frankly, I didn’t remember any times when there were signs up that said ‘everybody else here and gay people have to drink at this fountain,” Carson said Wednesday in an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier. He said that his reaction was inspired by that irritation, though he maintains that he “shouldn’t have allowed that to enter into the discussion.”

When Carson returned to CNN on Thursday, anchor Brianna Keilar was eager to challenge him on his stance. “Do you think that gay Americans are discriminated against?”

“What position can a person take who has no animosity toward gay people, but believes in the traditional definition of marriage that would be acceptable?” asked an exasperated Carson.

Keilar declined to answer that question, instead choosing to waste the next two minutes going around and around on the issue. Finally, Carson insisted that his belief was that “everybody has equal rights, nobody has extra rights.”

“Then so do you not want to talk about discrimination against gay Americans?” asked Keilar.

“I just gave you an answer,” Carson replied.

A Minority Voice

When speaking with Fox’s Baier, Carson said the backlash over his earlier comments were entirely predictable. “They saw that as the opportunity to finally knock this guy out,” he said. “They were jubilant.”

And of course he’s right. The liberal media is scared to death of conservatives who don’t fit their narrative. A man like Ben Carson invalidates half of what they believe by merely existing. It makes it a lot harder to talk about “privilege” and racism when a black man has a growing wellspring of conservative support. They view people like Carson, Sarah Palin, Carly Fiorina, and Marco Rubio as traitors to the cause. It’s impossible for them to miss how it looks for a lily-white anchor to tell a black man how he should feel about racism. As if Chris Cuomo is going to tell Ben Carson something he doesn’t know about civil rights.

Oh, but he’s not gay, so what does he know? Well, we aren’t going to find a president who ticks all the boxes. Every man, woman, and child on the planet has a blind spot. At the end of the day, the best you can do is to listen to diverse voices, consult your heart, and make the best decision you can. And contrary to what liberals believe, a vote against gay marriage is not a vote against gay people. A vote against affirmative action is not a vote against blacks. A vote against federal oversight that would eliminate the much-ballyhooed gender pay gap is not a vote against women.

In all cases, these are votes for freedom. Votes for small government. Votes for personal responsibility. And you don’t have to be a white male to believe in these things, just as you don’t have to be a minority to wave the flag of oppression 24-7. Conservatives want leaders who aren’t going to undermine American liberty in a neverending search for a utopia that can’t and won’t ever exist.

We want some common sense, and that’s something that liberals – almost by definition – can never understand.