(CNSNews.com) – Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and best-selling author, spoke about how even regular reading by young people can improve their lives and society, but he stressed that a social hurdle is that “we’re being crucified by political correctness,” an unwillingness to tell the truth because it might offend someone or be deemed judgmental.
In an interview with black conservative activist Star Parker, founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, she asked Dr. Carson, “Now, this is where you seem to put a lot of emphasis with your life’s work, is that you can break poverty, you can break this cycle even in your family, even if everything around you is broken as you just described in this particular environment, with reading is it really that simple?”
Dr. Carson said, “That’s one of the major components. But the other thing we have to realize is we’re being crucified by political correctness – because you’re not supposed to say anything to that young woman who’s having a baby out of wedlock, because ‘that lifestyle is equivalent to any other lifestyle.’”
“That is a bunch of crap,” he continued, “because those babies are four times more likely to grow up in poverty. That woman is less likely to complete her education. She’s much more likely to be dependent upon society. So, you know, we need to start speaking out against these things.”
Dr. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, by President George W. Bush in 2008. He is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Carson also is a member fo the Horation Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, and is the author of four best-selling books.
The CURE, founded by Star Parker, is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty and restoring dignity through faith, freedom and personal responsibility.