Editor’s Note: Left targets Ben Carson for his race

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

There are few things the left hates as much as a black conservative. Witness the vicious attacks on Dr. Ben Carson since he announced his presidential candidacy earlier this month.

Liberal pundits have called the noted brain surgeon and only African-American in the race a “front man” for the GOP, a “drooling idiot,” a “traitor” and, of course, an Uncle Tom, among other derisive descriptions.

Certainly, Carson, a Detroit native, is among the more socially conservative candidates in the race, and frequently cites his Christian faith to support his position — two things that make liberals pop their heads. But Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz do the same things to varying degrees, and none have drawn the overt hostility rained on Carson.

The difference is that Carson is black, and in this country, blacks aren’t allowed to be conservative. Not falling in the Democratic line with the majority of African-Americans makes Carson a pariah.

Whites, Asians, and even Hispanics can choose the political party that best represents their personal views without risking shunning by their communities. But blacks don’t have that right.

So when someone like Carson tries to claim it, he’s subject to an outpouring of racial intimidation that would have made Jim Crow proud.

Carson is being targeted for special ire because of his race. So what’s that make his targeters?