Dr. Ben Carson was recently placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s extremist watch list.
Carson is a famous neurosurgeon and political commentator who became Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins University at the age of 33. He is famous for his work separating conjoined twins.
He is the author of multiple books, including his autobiography Gifted Hands, which was made into a movie.
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Carson was identified in 2001 by CNN and Time Magazine as one of the nation’s twenty foremost physicians and scientists. He was awarded the Springarn Medal, the highest honor given by the NAACP.
Nevertheless, the Southern Poverty Law Center has described him as extremist and said that he “rapidly ascended as a far-right political star after publicly scolding President Obama, whom he sat a few feet away from, at a National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center then states:
Carson’s reproach of Obama for his health care and tax policies went viral, unleashing a flood of adulation from right-wing media and hate groups. Carson’s own story as an “up by the bootstraps” black man reared in poverty translated into an inspiring, magnetic narrative that captured media attention. Soon he was appearing as the keynoter at a rash of right-wing and hate group gatherings, linking gays with pedophiles, comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany and endorsing biblical economic practices for 21st century America. A movement to draft Carson as a presidential candidate took off in 2014, raising more than $7 million by June, according to its website. Carson has coyly declined to say whether he would run as a Republican or on a third-party ticket, but media interviews suggest that he is increasingly willing to run on some ticket.
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