Last night I had dinner with an old friend, a Regional Vice President of a large Book Chain. A life long liberal who admits to being embarrassed these day to say so, she told me something quite interesting that she found upsetting, personally and professionally.
We have all heard of Ben Carson, one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons in the world. His book 'Gifted Hands' is the story of an innercity kid, with all the breaks seemingly against him, who through faith and hard work became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33.
Gifted Hands, has been an inspirations to a generation that chose to listen to what he had to say, and undoubtedly influence many along the way. It has been a staple of high school reading list for many years, especially predominately black schools. But no more.
Large classroom institutional orders bought through book stores by school system administrators for his book are dropping dramatically. Once a book that remained in the top 100 of Amazon's book sales (consistently between #50 and 60) now has fallen to #261 and dropping. Why you ask? A black kid from Detroit makes good in the world and his story is no longer relevant?
Ben Carson has been critical of not just the Health-care reform in it's present form, but also Barack Obama and his lack of leadership and direction he takes America. And to boot, he was never the Affirmative Action Plantation Negro many made him out to be. He is now no longer the hero, just another so-called Uncle Tom tool of the right with a PC bulls-eye on his back. Some speak of him as a possible VP candidate.
What is sad is the obvious prejudice of left-wing educators pointed at the very man, a black man, who's accomplishments are stellar in a world of poverty and hopelessness some who read his book come from.
This is the world of the leftist, and what they have created.