The Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine near the Detroit Medical Center has an ambitious program of preparing its mostly African-American students for careers in medicine.
Students from Ben Carson High recently toured a hospital and experienced what it’s like to be doctors.
The school’s name, in its own words, honors “Dr. Benjamin Carson whose journey from impoverished, inner-city Detroit youth to acclaimed neurosurgeon is remarkable and is a constant reminder to Benjamin Carson students that their career dreams are achievable.”
Or maybe not.
The Detroit school board voted to rename the school under guidelines that say a school can be renamed when it doesn’t reflect the student population or when “information newly discovered about the current name of the school is negative in nature.”
LaMar Lemmons, a Democrat, was the leading advocate for removing Ben Carson’s name from the school. Lemmons, who along with his wife, Georgia Lemmons, sits on the school board, has used his position to blame Michigan’s emergency managers for all of Detroit’s self-created problems.
Lemmons, a “Bernie-crat”, also got his completely unprepared sister-in-law elected to the State Senate.
“Quite frankly, it is a political thing,” he admitted. “We named a school after an individual who is in the Trump administration.”
The Democrat insisted that having a medical sciences school named after a brilliant African-American surgeon from Detroit was “synonymous with having Trump’s name on our school in blackface.”
“When you align yourself with Trump, that is a direct affront to the city of Detroit and the students of Detroit,” he insisted.
If the name change goes forward, it may be the first instance of a school being renamed because it was named after a Republican.
Lemmons is okay with a school being named after a white slaveholder, but not a black conservative.
“Lewis Cass was a slaveholder,” Lemmons said. “But I would never recommend changing the name of Cass.”
Also on the nomenclature chopping block, for unclear reasons, is the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men.
Ben Carson isn’t the only African-American conservative being targeted by the renaming squad.
Last month, a petition to change the name of Savannah College of Art and Design’s Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation received favorable media coverage.
The petition was put forward by a former student named Sage Lucero. Clarence Thomas is the grandson of sharecroppers from rural Georgia. Lucero is a Brooklyn hipster and junior copywriter.
Lucero’s illiterate petition demanded that the Center be renamed after Anita Hill, “A woman who stood up for herself despite being denied of true justice.”
She ranted that Justice Thomas “wrongfully won against a woman’s word.”
The building was named after Thomas because he had served there as an altar boy.
Instead of filing the petition in the internet’s underwear drawer, the media hurriedly amplified the white leftist’s grievance against the highest ranking African-American judge in the country. One media outlet breathlessly reported that the petition had over 500 signatures. And then actually interviewed Sage. […]
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