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Ben Carson Stunned By What Vandals Did To His Home

The events in Charlottesville have struck a ton of chords across the nation. Unfortunately, those emotions are not translating into productive dialogue taking place - at least in most cases. As we often see in the political arena, there’s been a whole lot of yelling and finger-pointing going on, while calm and grounded takes get drowned out in all of the noise. That leads to the divide growing even wider, and that can lead to even more disturbing consequences.

As Fox News shares, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson knows that full well right about now. His property was recently vandalized with hateful rhetoric. Why would someone do such a thing? Because they don’t like President Donald Trump, and they felt the best expression for that would be to deface Carson’s property.

Carson took to social media in the aftermath, and there were some incredibly grounded thoughts in his lengthy post.

“Regarding all of the racial and political strife emanating from the events in Charlottesville last weekend, let me relate a story. Several years ago we bought a farm in rural Maryland. One of the neighbors immediately put up a Confederate flag,” he shared. “A friend of ours who is an African-American three-star general was coming to visit and immediately turned around concluding that he was in the wrong place. Interestingly, all the other neighbors immediately put up American flags shaming the other neighbor who took down the Confederate flag.”

To read between the lines, there’s racism and hatred out there. There are no two ways about that. However, there are a ton of rational folks out there that don’t have a racist or hateful bone in their bodies. Why do we insist on affording so much attention to the few that hold repugnant views?

“More recently our home in Virginia along with that of a neighbor was vandalized by people who also wrote hateful rhetoric about President Trump,” Carson added. “We were out of town, but other kind, embarrassed neighbors cleaned up most of the mess before we returned.”

The fact that Carson and his family would have to deal with such nonsense is unfathomable, but we’ll focus on the positive that came from it. His neighbors stepped up to the plate. By doing so, they simply let Carson know that they had his back, and that nonsense wasn’t going to fly as far as they were concerned.

“In both instances, less than kind behavior was met by people taking the high road. We could all learn from these examples,” Carson continued. “Hatred and bigotry unfortunately still exists in our country and we must all continue to fight it, but let's use the right tools. By the way, that neighbor who put up the Confederate flag subsequently became friendly. That is the likely outcome if we just learn to be neighborly and to get to know each other.”

Spot on. Instead of focusing so much on those that spew hate and lean towards violence as a means of solving problems, we can all bring out the best in each other by simply realizing that not everyone feels that way. An entire country does not need to be torn apart because there are extremist views out there. That’s what the extremists want, and they’ll get it if we keep calling attention to them.

Source: Fox News
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Carson posted on Facebook about his experience.

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