Posted: 11:18 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014

A word from Ben Carson at VSU carries a $43k pricetag 

By Jim Galloway

Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in his office in Baltimore, Md., in a 2013 NYT photograph.

Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in his office in Baltimore, Md., in a 2013 NYT photograph.

We know that getting a few words out of Hillary Clinton, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, can cost a group somewhere in the range of $300,000.

Dr. Ben Carson isn’t that expensive, but $43,000 for a night’s work is still a chunk of change. Even for a neurosurgeon.
That’s what Valdosta State University is paying Carson for a Sept. 11 appearance – billed as a non-partisan fundraiser, but attracting quite a lot of attention from GOP types.

We know all of this because Mark George, a former sociology lecturer at VSU, sent us the documents. He was concerned that Carson’s political inclinations – statements regarding gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, etc. – might harm VSU’s reputation. George obtained a copy of the Carson contract through an Open Records Act request.

But university officialdom doesn’t seem concerned. VSU President William McKinney himself signed the contract.
Hosts are being required to put up $5,000. Tables at the dinner are going for $2,500, and a ticket to Carson’s speech – “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering what made this nation great” – will cost you $20.

Two seats have been reserved for Gov. Nathan Deal – complimentary, we presume. And the head of minority recruitment for the Georgia GOP has reserved 20 seats.

As for the contract, Carson doesn’t appear to have any aversion to brown M&Ms. But the contract did require Carson to avoid performances within a 50-mile radius of Valdosta for the two months leading up to the event.

Sorry, Hahira.

71 comments
PatrickThompson
PatrickThompson

Shameless book-selling event And why Tea Partisans aren't more upset about taxpayers putting out for Deal's travel and security arrangements? This is a campaign stop and hate speech promotion at a public university that we're all paying for...

crislevin
crislevin

And the said Sociology has since been fired by our president, bowing to the pressure of neocon and racist personnel John C. Hall Jr.


Our president also explained his decision and claim this invitation is encouraging academic freedom, ignoring the fact that the business school is inviting a medical doctor for a speech on what exactly?

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

More info at Cancel Ben Carson at VSU Facebook event page. VSU is now officially a laughingstock. I personally thought they reached the bottom of academic "prestige" when they expelled student Hayden Barnes for a political cartoon. Barnes won a huge settlement. Parents need to re-think sending their kids to this school. It is nothing but a fundraising arm of Georgia's Republican Party.

Hard to imagine that the men (from what I can ascertain through Open Records Requests there were no women involved in the decision to bring him) hard to imagine a group of men saying hey, let's bring a repugnant speaker rejected by Johns Hopkins University and Emory University.

Carson made outrageous misogynistic statements saying women needed to be re educated to take care of babies because women get too riled up about abortion. I would never let my daughter go to a school that sponsors someone who insults women like that.

PatrickThompson
PatrickThompson

Wants to come to Valdosta to speak to an audience? Let him pay for it on his own, since he's all about self reliance - freedom isn't free. Georgia doesn't need another doctor with a God complex believing his ideas are best for everyone and not just those who can hear his whistle. He's a politician wanna be who wants to make his next living from hate - and he's not a subject matter expert. Lowers University standards and that of the b-school. Hate speech is not free speech. Do not pay for this man's microphone.

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

Feel free to research the public record, bobbyross1990.  My assertions are based on publications in the media and on the Open Records Requests I received from Valdosta State University.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

Dear Leigh Touchton,


After reading all of your biased comments, it is clear that you're well versed in American Politics. I commend you. Unfortunately, you're making a lot things up about Dr. Carson which are not true which shows me that the democratic party has a concern about keeping the white house in 2016. That's good. You have enjoyed these past six years of that piece of crap Obama who has completely destroyed this great country. 


Your people need to wake up and OWN up! 


What happened in Ferguson would had never been a big deal if this was a white person that was killed and you know it!


That young man broke the law and tried to kill the officer. Any officer would had done the same! That's what police officers are suppose and trained to do! It's been like this forever and all of the sudden black people want to make a big deal about it. Why? 


White people are so tired of your " feeling oppressed" and " we want black people  to stop being targeted". Please! How about obeying the Law! 


All Dr. Carson did was speak the truth. Truth hurts!


You're making black people look really stupid and the all the ones protesting too! 

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

Dear members of the local press,

Given that I and others have repeatedly asked VSU administrators assorted questions about Dr. Ben Carson's upcoming visit and we can get no response, I would like to respectfully ask (i.e. beg) you to inquire about the following with VSU leadership.

a) Why is the Langdale College of Business bringing a Fox News commentator and neurosurgeon (who has no business/economics credentials) to speak on the woes of America? In other words, what does Dr. Carson have to say, that is informed by scholarly evidence, that relates to the College of Business and its mission?

b) Why is VSU bringing someone they know is a likely 2016 presidential candidate given Board of Regents and Internal Revenue Service restrictions on university/non-profit involvement in formal political campaigns?

c) Given the university's formal mission statement that holds that the university focuses "on inclusion in all aspects of the educational experience", why won't VSU be providing other nationally known speakers, who are actually credentialed and comparably compensated (to the tune of $43,000 like Dr. Carson), to offer a political perspective other than Dr. Carson's?

VSU mission statement @ http://www.valdosta.edu/about/facts/organization-and-mission.php

d) Given Dr. Carson's regressive views on homosexuality, the significant number of G/L/B/T/Q faculty/staff/students at VSU, and the fact that VSU's has an established policy that holds that the University seeks to "build a more inclusive community grounded in respect for difference based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, and sexual orientation," how does Dr. Carson's visit respect that policy?

Minority/Diversity Committee bylaws @ http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/faculty-senate/documents/bylaws/Minority_and_Diversity_Bylaws.pdf

e) Given Dr. Carson's regressive views on homosexuality, the significant number of G/L/B/T/Q faculty/staff/students at VSU, and VSU's "non-discrimination policy" that states the University does not welcome "verbal or physical conduct" that is "directed at a person" because of their "sexual orientation" (among other factors) particularly if it creates "an offensive working and/or learning environment," why are they bringing Dr. Carson? What about the thoughts, feelings, and rights (as outlined in VSU policy) of Valdosta State's G/L/B/T/Q population?

nondiscrimination policy @ http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/policies/documents/3002.1Non-DiscriminationPolicy.pdf

f) Given Dr. Carson's regressive views on homosexuality, the significant number of G/L/B/T/Q faculty/staff/students at VSU, and VSU's involvement in "Safe Space Training" for VSU faculty/staff, a program that "promotes an accepting and fostering environment for the LGBTQ community" (see attached flyer "Safe Space"), how does Dr. Carson's event and his views on the G/L/B/T/Q community contribute to fostering that environment?

g) Given VSU claims the "net revenue" be donated to the Valdosta Early College Academy what exactly does that mean and how much money (of the thousands and thousands of dollars being donated/collected/raised for this event) will actually go to that program?

So far when these questions have been posed to VSU leadership, and to some of the sponsors of the event, the only response that has been offered is that Dr. Carson is popular and the event "sold out in three days." Given that line of reasoning, VSU could bring members of the World Wide Wrestling Federation, Rush Limbaugh, the Real Housewives of Atlanta/LA/Houston/Hoboken/Peoria, etc., or the cast from Swamp People and likely "sell out" an event at VSU. With that in mind, is the ability to sell out an event really going to be the only criteria for high paid speakers at VSU given VSU's educational and scholarly mission?

In closing, as journalists would you please, please, please get the University to publicly address these very legitimate questions? I and others members of the public are unable to get answers to these important questions and we need your help.

Thank you,

Mark Patrick George

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

Ben Carson is retired from an outstanding career in medicine but has taken a paid political punditry position with FOX and attends numerous Republican fundraisers and Conventions.  His statements in the past week on the powderkeg in Ferguson and attacking Michael Brown's mother are irresponsible.  I received a letter today from Southeastern Federal Credit Union that they are standing by their sponsorship of Ben Carson.  The president of Southeastern Federal Credit Union told me they feel his presidential campaign is a "rumor".  I thanked him for adding to our law enforcement issues by bringing in an irresponsible person who has the bad sense to attack Michael Brown's mother, but that he is entitled to support any person he wants.  Planning to move my money out of that business.  Dr. Wayne Plumly, who is the Dean of the VSU Business School, sits on the Southeastern Board of Directors so at least I found out why that particular bank is involved.  The bank president told me that Ben Carson is a gifted speaker and surgeon.  I agreed.  I added that it was tragic that such  brilliant man would throw away the respect of millions in order to become the black version of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

He got on hate radio this week and said Michael Brown died because he didn't have a father figure, his mother didn't raise him to respect authority.  Previously he said that the Cliven Bundy terrorists who pointed guns at law enforcement were bravely taking a stand for freedom.  This man is going to attract every Sovereign Citizen and paramilitary nut in the area, and we have a boatload of them.  There's one in Nashville, GA, with underground bunkers. 


Given the national powderkeg of Ferguson, these kinds of comments are irresponsible and calculated to inflame rather than ease tensions.  What he does is nothing more than Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck hate speech but the complexion is different.

MauriceAtkinson
MauriceAtkinson

He's a businessman with special skills and life experiences.  Heck, this is the free enterprise system.  Earning $$$ without extorting it from taxpayers is now taboo...  grrrr  

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Will sambo be dancing for his massa?


nick1234
nick1234

As a liberal I am troubled by this. Dr. Carson has the right to think and say (even though he is wrong) what he wants. If its raising money for a school then fine good for the school. We are getting to the point on both sides that we protest every time someone with strong beliefs come to a college campus. The whole point of college is here from a variety of ideologies and beliefs. If people want to waste their own money to here him, then let them. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

Dr. Ben Carson, Sadly is suffering from a terminal illness of Brain Cancer. With that being said one must take anything The Good Doctor says with a grain of SALT. 

For you really do not know with such a illness, if it is really Dr.Carson speaking or the ravaging debilitating Cancer that is engulfed the functions of his ability to distinguish what is mythomania versus what is reality.


uh..huh.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Ben Carson and the GOP Doctors Caucus all have muddled their Hippocratic Oath which states 1. Whatever houses I may visit, I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice. 2. Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief. Note to GOP it takes more than a black face to win black votes it's what's inside and Ben Carson is an empty vessel just like Herman Caine.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

I'm sure any democrat that has the funds to buy a table or seat would be welcome with open arms.

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@crislevin  Mark George was not fired, although I am sure that President McKinney was exploring that "solution."  Mark George resigned on July 8 and now works elsewhere, partly because adjunct faculty at VSU have not been given raises in over 6 years.  Meanwhile, President McKinney rehired all the highest salaried admins, as well as 2 new admins, including his pretentiously entitled "Chief of Staff" while simultaneously laying off 11 workers in Auxiliary Services.


Six weeks before the gubernatorial election, a tight race between Jason Carter and Nathan Deal (who was originally slated to appear at this Republican campaign rally), Ben Carson is being paid by the VSU Business School to deliver a speech on political ideology (conservatism), his standard Republican stump speech, which he has given to help other Republicans campaign for election, and which he has given to numerous Republican conferences like CPAC and Voter Values Summit.


Every year the faculty at VSU must take an Ethics workshop on avoiding partisan politicking on campus.  Yet not only did VSU President McKinney and Business School Dean Wayne Plumly authorize this partisan event, the Dean of the Business School sent out an email on August 4 detailing Ben Carson's latest presidential campaign steps!   He and President McKinney authorized  the second half of Carson's speaker's fee on August 18, even though Carson had included a page in his contract that clearly stated that he had no intention of running for president.  Carson broke that portion of his contract on August 1 when he formed a PAC and hired campaign chair Terry Giles.  An email from Business Dean Wayne Plumly dated August 4 includes Carson's presidential campaign steps, Plumly sent it to business school colleages and VSU President McKinney.


Carson's contract states that the speech cannot be recorded, it cannot be uploaded to the internet, his interaction with students must be limited to 15 minutes of Q&A after which he is to be escorted to the exit by a school official.  Tickets for the private dinner and live speech were reserved and bundled for corporate sponsors and VSU donors well before ticket sales went live, ticket sales went live when VSU students were not even on campus.  100 Black Men President Roy Copeland purchased 50 tickets to the live speech in order to give to 50 Valdosta Early College Academy students, who must be "well-behaved" according to VSU Business School Dean Wayne Plumly.


This week Ben Carson defended wife batterer Ray Rice, and blamed the victim, Janay Rice.  A female student at VSU was murdered by her boyfriend, intimate partner violence is often lethal and yet Ben Carson exhorts us to refrain from holding Ray Rice accountable, and he blamed Rice's victim.  A murder was committed on VSU's campus, and yet here we have VSU paying $43,000 to bring a man who publicly defends batterers.  This is not academic free speech, this is worse than yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre, this is a travesty of the status of an academic institution, the safety of its students, and the responsibility of the academy to maintain standards of academic discourse.  It's a campaign rally designed to assist Republicans, and VSU President McKinney approved it.  Shame.

Rhettbutler
Rhettbutler

@Leigh Touchton VSU is not officially a laughing stock.  You are just an angry woman because VSU fired you years ago and you can't seem to just let it go. They paid you $100,000 to go away and yet you continue to harass the president of the college over bringing ben carson to VSU. You continue to harrass Southeastern Credit union for their sponsorship and many others. Why don't you do something constructive with your time.

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@Leigh Touchton  The other co-sponsors of this polarizing political figure are 100 Black Men, Southeastern Federal Credit Union, Farmers and Merchants Bank, South Georgia Medical Center, and Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Leigh Touchton -

@Leigh Touchton - Please! Please! Let it be so that Dr Ben Carson will run for President as the Republican Choice, Brain TUMOR and ALL. America has not had so much Fun watching a known TRAIN WRECK, since the Days of Herman "Womanizing" Cain and Sarah "Word Salad" Palin.

I want to see and hear the RNC and their supporters stand before The American People and Say "YES, we want this Person with a Terminal Illness into the Oval Office. Yes, with Full Control of the Nuclear Launch Codes at his discretion and USE.

Now that will be a Sight to See.....

uh..huh

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

correction, Wayne Plumly sits on their Supervisory Board in a volunteer capacity

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@Leigh Touchton  "Given the national powderkeg of Ferguson, these kinds of comments are irresponsible and calculated to inflame rather than ease tensions.  What he does is nothing more than Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck hate speech but the complexion is different." WRONG !


You're blind Leigh. Whatever you have learned about republicans, you must had been brain washed as a youth by your parents and peers. The only hate speech to hear these days comes from the white house. 


You won't vote for Dr. Carson because he is a republican with a brain!

Sophia Amarie
Sophia Amarie

@Leigh Touchton Do you play sports? If so, if you weren’t performing your best, for whatever reason, would it have helped you if your coach babied you? Or, did it help more when your coach told you what you needed to change, & never stopped pushing you to improve?


Dr. Carson’s approach is what will bring about the change that we NEED.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@MauriceAtkinson He is a doctor who took an oath to save lives and treat the sick. Sick poeple need healthcare, food and medicine even when they are broke regardless of how old they are.  grrr

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@nick1234 As a liberal you're troubled that Dr. Carson has the right to think and say what he wants? Are you on dope? You need to remember what country you're in Nick. Dr. Carson, Yourself, and I can think and say whatever the heck we want! 


The mind set of a liberal is scary!


My question for black people is this: You say white people that didn't vote for Obama are racist. What happens when Dr. Carson runs for office and white people vote for him?


Black people are the most sensitive people in America. Always pointing the finger to white people. Always feeling oppressed.  Racism isn't dead because black people are keeping it alive! 

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@nick1234  VSU is a public university.  They are required by law to avoid partisan politics; you can look up the policies.  I have filed an IRS complaint because the law is pretty clear about this.  They have 2 choices: cancel his event or bring in another speaker for $43,000 from the OTHER side of the political aisle.  We notified them that we contacted Robert Reich, he is available for $43,000.  They told us he would not sell enough tickets to make a profit for their capital campaign.

Sophia Amarie
Sophia Amarie

@Bernie31 How disrespectful can you be? Really, though. Here’s a dude that became a success story by rising to the occasion. When he asks that of other blacks, suddenly the lazy ones want to dig in their heals. 


uh..huh.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@StraightNoChaser What you said is the biggest bunch of BS I've ever read. Black people are believe a lie when they voted for Obama. Now they are believing a lie when it comes to Dr. Carson. You're making crap up against him because he is a republican. He has common sense and speaks for all Americans who are tired of that liar Obama.  What exactly has Obama done for you? What I thought.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@StraightNoChaser


Note to GOP it takes more than a black face to win black votes it's what's inside and Ben Carson is an empty vessel just like Herman Caine.


Yeah, they haven't learned that yet.  I think they learned this particular lesson when it comes to the women's vote after the flop was the Palin nomination.  But they haven't figured it out when it comes to race and ethnicity.  Heck, they marched Rubio out to counter the state of the union...and that could have worked if the GOP wasn't so anti-immigrant.


Actions speak louder than words.  The GOP's outreach strategy to minority communities has been one of condescension, not an attempt to understand those communities.   

honested
honested

@LHardingDawg 

How much could a seat cost.

If it is more than a dollar, why would any clear thinking Democrat waste their money?

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@Rhettbutler @Leigh Touchton  When the BOR Chancellor sends his personal BOR attorney down to VSU and says "Here is $100,000" for a non-tenure tract professor, who had a letter from her department chair saying "This was all President Hugh Bailey's idea" and who had outstanding and I mean outstanding evaluations, then everyone can draw their own conclusions.  LOL  There have been FOUR presidents in the last 15 years, the one that fired me was Hugh Bailey, and that took place in 2001.  Then former President Ronald Zaccari was basically let go for his nonsense retaliating against student Hayden Barnes, see FIRE website.  The current president is William McKinney.  The only personal interaction I've had with McKinney is sitting in his office listening to him, Provost Hudson Rogers, and VSU Attorney Laverne Gaskins try to pull information out of Mark George about his own retaliation case.  I imagine John C. Hall and Johnny Unreconstructed ride again, don't they, Rhett?


(he didn't actually fire me, he basically ordered that my contract not be renewed, all him, no one else but him)

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@Bernie31 @Leigh Touchton Please Please keep talking like this! It shows how insane liberals and the DNC are. Obama and the liberals are the TRUE TRAIN WRECK and the CANCER destroying this country. That's the TRUE TRAIN WRECK!


Obama has broken some many laws and yet the drive by media hasn't reported anything about it. Of course they haven't because they are with the DNC. 


Yes we want a communist in the Oval Office. We got him! Congratulations! 

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@bobbyross1990 @Leigh Touchton  If whipping up rightwingnuts with copious doses of incendiary rhetoric is your definition of Republican with a brain, well....


you are entitled to your opinion


I won't vote for him because he threw away the respect of millions in order to attract millions in Super PAC money from people like Governor Deal, the Tea Party, and Koch brothers.  He's Herman Cain but with less gravitas and more bombast.

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@Sophia Amarie  If you think praising Cliven Bundy insurrectionists as true patriots is the change that America needs, then god help you.  Normal people do not support Cliven Bundy and they sure don't support Ben Carson lauding terrorists who point their guns at law enforcement.  Normal people are not blaming Michael Brown's mother for his death.  Crazy people filled with hate say ridiculous things like that.  The 2 businesses who are co-sponsoring Ben Carson are Farmers and Merchants Bank and Southeastern Federal Credit Union.

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@bartoncarrie @Leigh Touchton  Thank you for proving my point about what kind of people support Ben Carson.  If VSU wants to avoid IRS 501c3 issues, then they need to bring Hillary Clinton, I think that much is obvious.  Thank you for pointing that out. Check out Ben Carson's actions as of August 1, 2014, and get back to me, thank you.

bartoncarrie
bartoncarrie

@StraightNoChaser What are you talking about. Carson is retired. He gave and is still giving to people. How many surgeries did he perform for free.  Carson Has a scholarship fund for children and sets up libraries all over the country.


What have you done?

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@Sophia Amarie  Do not tell me anything about lazy blacks.  I represented to the best of my ability many black workers at Valdosta State University who were working 2 and 3 jobs.  Dr. Carson has a brilliant mind, very few people in our country have minds like his, and ONLY a mind like his could have broken through the barriers to advancement that he did.  When parents working 2 and 3 jobs to provide for their families can't advance out of poverty, then the problem is not with "lazy blacks."  The problem is with institutional policies that do not provide a level playing field and equal opportunity.  I saw this inequality and institutional racism with my own eyes at Valdosta State University.  I worked with Ben Speight on the Living Wage Campaign and I lost my job over it, see article in Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere.  The black workers at VSU were starting at $5.85 an hour, can you provide for yourself on a wage like that?  how many hours a week would you have to work to  pull yourself up?  If you work the night shift, can you help take care of your children or go meet with their teachers or read to them at night?  When basic survival is at stake, parents make the choice to provide food and shelter, the family is not hurt by "laziness" the family is hurt by institutional barriers to the middle class.  85% of the workers at VSU were black, 90% of their managers were white.  I saw men and women with outstanding employment evaluations passed over for promotion by white kids with less.  This is institutional racism and it took place at Valdosta State University.  So of course they would like to bring in a speaker who tells these folks that the reason they are poor is because they need to work harder and the reason Michael Brown is dead is because his mother didn't teach him to respect authority.  Governor Deal will be seated at a table with his Minority Outreach Director who has bought up 20 tickets to give to deserving black folks, and provide Governor Deal with the perfect photo opportunity.  Shame on President McKinney for this travesty, and shame on the VSU administrators and Roy Copeland of the 100 Black Men for putting this together.  It is utterly denigrating to poor people who work hard to provide for their families.  "Oh but here, we will throw some money in the VECA program" that's the magnet school for underprivileged children here.  I don't know how Brian Gerber, Dean of the Education Dept, can stand being the Photo Op to "whitewash" this travesty.  I wouldn't do it, I would say "keep your money, we'll find another source this is shameful". 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Sophia Amarie - Dr.Carson is no one SPECIAL. Yes Dr. Carson is a successful and accomplished physician. No Doubt about that. However, Dr. Carson is NOT one who presents the best case for what the African American people are  to this Nation and how they contribute to the United States Of America. 


Dr. Carson is just another Man who has his own political views just as YOU and I here. Nothing more and nothing Less. It is people like you and Republicans of America who have elevated this distinguished Physician to a level where he is clearly out of his Depth and understanding the needs of African American community and its Needs.


Just because you have been SUCKED into a False Narrative that fits into your own thinking,beliefs and value system of African Americans does in NO way make that his opinion is True and correct. 

Like YOU Dr.Carson's opinion is wrongheaded,self righteous and poorly uninformed of history and events that have brought this Nation as to where it stands currently. The EVENTS in Ferguson,MO clearly provides a clear CHASM of DIVIDE in this Country on Race relations.


Next time try to git yer own response while yer at it....yer got a BRAIN ain't YEW?


Yeahhhhh BOY!


uh...huh

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@Baumer_1 @StraightNoChaser  Since the Minority Outreach Director for the Georgia Republican Party has purchased 20 tickets, I presume they are trying to diversify their photo opportunities to pretend they care what Georgia's black citizens have to deal with.  I was fired from Valdosta State University for conducting a Living Wage Campaign.  At the time, the physical plant had 85% black workers, 90% white managers.  I was president of the Valdosta NAACP at the time.  Men and women came to my office with their employment folders:  classes, evaluations, training certificates.  They would apply for a promotion and get passed over by young white guys with fewer credentials.  The workers were making $5.85 an hour and working 2-3 jobs.  Ben Carson says people like our VSU custodians, groundskeepers, cafeteria staff, building maintenance crews just need to "work harder."  Did I mention they were working 2-3 jobs?  How much harder can one person work?  Ben Carson is an obscene symbol of what is wrong with the Republican Party.  Shame on Valdosta State University for this travesty.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@honested @LHardingDawg


I think it would be kind of cool if Democrats bought all of the tickets and didn't attend.

That would give Carson the audience he deserves: an empty room.


He would fill it...with hot air.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@bartoncarrie @StraightNoChaser Good now what he needs to do as a good retired doctor is get off the train that wants to deny healthcare to all. Despite how many free surgeries he has done, how many scholarship funds he has set up and libraries healthcare was an issue while he was practicing and it is still and issue.   What have I done?  What I am doing now which is getting out the vote by letting everyone know how reprehensible it is that the GOP has retired doctors like Ben Carson who want to deny healthcare to all.   What's up?  You want to suppress my right to free speech?  Like it or not it's my message and I will continue to tell it.  Ben Carson is not like any doctor I know, I work in healthcare.  

Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@bartoncarrie @StraightNoChaser  Ben Carson is retired from an outstanding career in medicine but has taken a paid political punditry position with FOX and attends numerous Republican fundraisers and Conventions.  His statements in the past week on the powderkeg in Ferguson and attacking Michael Brown's mother are irresponsible.  I received a letter today from Southeastern Federal Credit Union that they are standing by their sponsorship of Ben Carson.  The president told me they feel his presidential campaign is a "rumor".  I thanked him for adding to our law enforcement issues by bringing in an irresponsible person who has the bad sense to attack Michael Brown's mother.  Planning to move my money out of that business.  Wayne Plumly, who is the Dean of the VSU Business School, sits on the Southeastern Board of Directors. 


Leigh Touchton
Leigh Touchton

@Baumer_1 @StraightNoChaser  And shame on 100 Black Men and VSU professor Roy Copeland for bringing him.  Roy Copeland is president of Valdosta 100 Black Men and makes $96,000 a year.  He obviously has no concept of what poor people contend with at VSU or anywhere else in Georgia.