Ben Carson set to take new leadership role

December 26, 2016
Daniel Choi  Laguna Hills  11th Grade

Daniel Choi
Laguna Hills
11th Grade

President-Elect Donald Trump has recently announced his top pick for the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson. Ironically, the two men had been rivals during their primary fight in 2015. Many wonder who exactly this man is, and if he is fit for the position?

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 18, 1951, Ben Carson grew under an impoverished and underprivileged family eventually succeeding in high school, attending medical school later. At the age of 33, he became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and received praise from the public by separating conjoined twins. He retired from medicine in 2013, and decided to join the political race by becoming a Republican Nominee. Carson dropped out in 2016 and advocated former rival Donald Trump for president.

Many politicians have expressed excitement for Ben Carson such as Paul Ryan and especially President-Elect Trump himself. Despite oppositions, Ben Carson persevered through his hard life and rose to a prominent position with the help of education. Moreover, this job fits well for Mr. Carson because he is an African American, whereby Donald Trump had promised to fix the issues that plague interstate cities especially in the deteriorated black communities. Politicians hope that Carson utilizes his medical experience to incorporate guidelines towards a sanitary and safe conditions within public housing. Research proves that the environment where one resides often has long term impacts on his/her life. The HUD has always been forgotten and trivialized; however, with the help of Carson, his opening could possibly raise more attention and actually receive direct support from the President. Last but least, Ben Carson himself had to survive in subsidized homes. However, many others have disagreed and are disappointed with this pick for one main reason: lack of expertise in public housing. For one, Mr. Carson lacks the political experience to fill such a spot and probably does not know what to do specifically to target the issues regarding housing and development because he was in the medical field.

Whether or not Carson will properly fill his role as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development can only be determined by time itself. America is still divided and will take long ways to mend broken pieces together. Hopefully, we can only hope for now that both Donald Trump and Ben Carson do great jobs to uplift America and eliminate problems that many U.S citizens face every day.



  1. Todd Elliott Koger

    December 27, 2016 at 6:17 AM

    75 percent of America’s high-poverty neighborhoods in 1970 still classified that way four decades later. Racial and class inequality is very much alive. A “progressive politics” apartheid where blacks who have voted Democratic for almost 50 years are now being driven from their neighborhoods that have been their home for generations. We gave the Democratic Party our votes and they “took us for granted” leaving us living with social tension, unrest, and the worst GUN VIOLENCE AND VIOLENT CRIME . . . A diminished hope and no opportunities while the Democratic Party’s upscale hipster real estate speculators prosper.

    President-Elect Donald Trump wants to enable states with dedicated grants and implementation standards related to diversity, inclusion, targeted hiring the resources necessary to spur investment in under served black neighborhoods. Stopping gun violence, revitalizing education, creating jobs, replacing substandard housing, and strengthening black families is a mandate we secured for him.

    Mr. Trump owes his victory to “predominately black Democratic strongholds” who were convinced to give him more votes than the previous Republican candidates. African Americans (like Todd Elliott Koger) convinced hundreds of thousands blacks to “boycott” the vote and/or voting “straight” Democrat. In North and West Philadelphia (Eastern PA) and Penn Hills, Allegheny County (Western PA) turnout fell 10 percent in the majority-black wards. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin turnout was down 50,000. In Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan 75,000 “Motown Voters” stayed home. Just 50,000 votes in these three states Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin decided the election.

    For “school choice” for persistently low-achieving inner city schools . . . To provide career training in high-growth industries, manufacturing, and informational technology . . . To encourage job creation, community redevelopment, and sustainable “BLACK LIFE” we need at least one “legitimate and capable” brother and/or sister in the “West Wing” of the White House to direct a “PLAN” to put black boys and girls to work removing blight and building new affordable housing.

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