Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson isn’t afraid of the PC police.
While touring a camp for disabled children with retired NASCAR driver Richard Petty, Carson said he has no problem with the Confederate flag flying on private property, adding that, as President, he wouldn’t have any inclination to “take it down.”
Carson’s position is another blow to political-correctness, as even NASCAR has caved to the anti-Confederate flag fervor in recent months, encouraging fans to keep their battle flags at home while attending races.
Carson made it clear in a brief interview with the Associated Press that Southern heritage wasn’t synonymous with racism, and that he wouldn’t interfere with their traditions.
“If it’s a majority of people in that area who want it to fly, I certainly wouldn’t take it down,” Carson told the AP, adding that NASCAR fans should keep waving the flag “if it’s private property and that’s what they want to do.”
Petty, who has called the controversy over the flag “a passing fancy,” tentatively endorsed the retired neurosurgeon during his tour of the camp, saying one of Carson’s strong points is that “he’s very humane.”
“We’re hoping he’s endorsing the camp, we’re not necessarily endorsing him, but we are — you know what I mean?” Petty, in his trademark cowboy hat and sunglasses, told the AP.
While Carson was sure to distance himself from the overly sensitive, anti-Confederate flag PC police, he did acknowledge that some people see the flag as a symbol of hate and slavery. But, according to Carson, that’s no excuse for censorship.
“Swastikas are a symbol of hate for some people, too. And yet, they still exist in museums and places like that,” Carson said.
NASCAR could probably learn a thing or two from the retired neurosurgeon about how to handle PC nonsense.