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Now a New York Times Bestseller! Bestselling author and conservative icon Dr. Ben Carson lays out a hopeful and inspiring road map for how America can come together. External physical characteristics that are genetically encoded are things over which no individual has control. But rather than appreciating the gift of diversity, some have chosen to use it to drive wedges be Now a New York Times Bestseller! Bestselling author and conservative icon Dr. Ben Carson lays out a hopeful and inspiring road map for how America can come together. External physical characteristics that are genetically encoded are things over which no individual has control. But rather than appreciating the gift of diversity, some have chosen to use it to drive wedges between groups of people. Some of these external characteristics are associated with the past moral failing of slavery. Though slavery in America formally ended in the 1860s, the vestiges of that evil institution are still with us today, and those vestiges often inflict guilt on some and facilitate feelings of victimhood in others.  In Created Equal, Dr. Carson uses his own personal experiences as a member of a racial minority, along with the writings and experiences of others from multiple backgrounds and demographics, to analyze the current state of race relations in America. Instead of using race as an excuse to remake America into something completely antithetical to the Constitution, Dr. Carson suggests ways to enhance and bring great success to our nation and all multiethnic societies by magnifying America's incredible strengths instead of her historical weaknesses.


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Now a New York Times Bestseller! Bestselling author and conservative icon Dr. Ben Carson lays out a hopeful and inspiring road map for how America can come together. External physical characteristics that are genetically encoded are things over which no individual has control. But rather than appreciating the gift of diversity, some have chosen to use it to drive wedges be Now a New York Times Bestseller! Bestselling author and conservative icon Dr. Ben Carson lays out a hopeful and inspiring road map for how America can come together. External physical characteristics that are genetically encoded are things over which no individual has control. But rather than appreciating the gift of diversity, some have chosen to use it to drive wedges between groups of people. Some of these external characteristics are associated with the past moral failing of slavery. Though slavery in America formally ended in the 1860s, the vestiges of that evil institution are still with us today, and those vestiges often inflict guilt on some and facilitate feelings of victimhood in others.  In Created Equal, Dr. Carson uses his own personal experiences as a member of a racial minority, along with the writings and experiences of others from multiple backgrounds and demographics, to analyze the current state of race relations in America. Instead of using race as an excuse to remake America into something completely antithetical to the Constitution, Dr. Carson suggests ways to enhance and bring great success to our nation and all multiethnic societies by magnifying America's incredible strengths instead of her historical weaknesses.

30 review for Created Equal: The Painful Past, Confusing Present, and Hopeful Future of Race in America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andy Andetson

    A must-read for every American , no-matter their ski-coor! Ben Carson is a remarkable man and achiever who has future-minded ideas from an olde-school philosophy. America, indeed, the world needs more forward-thinking Christians like him in our schools and government.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Kimble

    Every American needs to read this book. If we want to fix America we need to remember God first and love our neighbor second. I sure hope he runs for president… Ben Carson would be a tremendous leader for our nation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    thewanderingjew

    Created Equal: The Painful Past, Confusing Present, and Hopeful future of Race in America, Dr. Ben Carson, Candy Carson, Dr. Alveda King, authors; Terrence King, narrator This is a very short book that reveals the myths and misnomers about people of color that are being spread by the left, especially the progressives, to advance their political agenda. It very cogently explains how their supposed efforts to help actually harm the people they are pretending to support and protect. People of color Created Equal: The Painful Past, Confusing Present, and Hopeful future of Race in America, Dr. Ben Carson, Candy Carson, Dr. Alveda King, authors; Terrence King, narrator This is a very short book that reveals the myths and misnomers about people of color that are being spread by the left, especially the progressives, to advance their political agenda. It very cogently explains how their supposed efforts to help actually harm the people they are pretending to support and protect. People of color are neither dirty nor do they have lower IQ’s, although the left accuses white people of believing that. All white people are not systemically racist, either. Young white children are being forced to deal with guilt for something they did not do. Others are expected to pay for sins they did not commit. It is the left that is most likely to spread those lies that hurt society, but it is with the complicity of the media that neither checks or validates the claims of anything they print that fits their biased narrative. Dr. Carson provides examples of the ways in which he may have been subjected to racism, and he explains how he handled each of the situations. Rather than being insulted and having a knee-jerk reaction, he understood that the slight may merely have been a logical error because of expectations, be they correct or incorrect, and instead of getting angry, he responded with understanding often developing relationships far into the future with some of these same people who said something foolish, like assuming he was an employee not a brain surgeon. Because he does not waste words, he covers a great deal in this book, from his early years to his years working with President Trump and the obstruction of the left, that even accused him of improper expenditures which were all proven to be false accusations. He carefully outlines the need for a good education, the open sharing of ideas, socialization, patience and acceptance rather than identity politics, cancel culture, mandates and witch hunts. He rejects the need for safe spaces and encourages us all to communicate. He warns of the fascist behaviors we are witnessing as government and the private sector get together to punish those that don’t follow their demands, like firing the unvaccinated; he likens it to a totalitarian approach. He rejects the approach of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”. He supports free, but fair, elections and is against the practice of manipulating voters. He and his wife have supported scholarships for worthy students who also engage in humanitarian endeavors. They have sponsored reading rooms in Title I schools, attributing his respect for books to his mother who was actually illiterate, married at age 13, but successfully raised not only inspired him but also his brother Curtis. He even addresses Biden’s debacle with the Afghanistan withdrawal. If we don’t learn from history, we never will learn. He had experiences in school that were unforgivable, teachers who resented his intelligence, bullies who resented his success and others who wanted to harm him with words or deliberately giving him poor grades, but he never allowed their stupidity to influence his future. He proved them wrong. He believes that Cancel Culture is the equivalent of Jim Crow laws since both are trying to do harm. He was accused of acting white, and would respond with “what is acting black”? He does not judge the system but he judges the attitude of people. They do not have to be victims. As he explains that slavery predates even Jesus Christ, the reader realizes that CRT and the 1619 theory are both incorrect. Blacks owned slaves and even whites were enslaved. He explains white privilege and the wealth gap. He questions reparations. Who should receive them? Why should someone pay for sins they have not committed? If black ancestors owned slaves, should they pay the reparations and not receive them? He believes in the Constitution and its ability to protect us and guarantee our freedom. Much of the book also supports his faith and his deep religious conviction. He often cites from the Bible. He acknowledges that our country has made enormous strides with race relations, but admits we still have room for improvement. He prefers, however, to concentrate on the positive, rather than the negative that the left has exaggerated for political purposes. He admits that racism exists on both sides, white views about blacks and black views about whites. He attributes his open mind to the fact that his family did not spread negative racial ideas. If that had all he had heard, he too would be a racist. He believes racists are created from the environment, not from our DNA, and our early education will have a lasting influence on our behavior and beliefs. We have to be taught to be racist.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Such a wonderful book by a truly amazing human being. I learned so much about the history of black people in the world at large and in America in particular, as well as about the history of slavery historically throughout the world and in our nation. Here is a man who experienced racial prejudice firsthand in his youth and yet rose to become one of the most brilliant, admired men in America. Here is wisdom worth learning. After reading this book, I looked up the word “wisdom” in the Bible. Every Such a wonderful book by a truly amazing human being. I learned so much about the history of black people in the world at large and in America in particular, as well as about the history of slavery historically throughout the world and in our nation. Here is a man who experienced racial prejudice firsthand in his youth and yet rose to become one of the most brilliant, admired men in America. Here is wisdom worth learning. After reading this book, I looked up the word “wisdom” in the Bible. Everywhere I looked throughout Scripture, I read verses that could be applied to so much of what Ben Carson shares in this book. For instance: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 Dr. Carson rightfully says that the current narrative espoused by the progressive left as well as the media and social media would have us believe that Black people in America are still repressed and unable to succeed to the same extent as white people. This is an insult to all that Black people have accomplished and achieved within the past 50 years in particular, and to the many white people who stood alongside them and even gave their lives for this same fight to gain their current status. Well there is still certainly individual prejudice in our country and in our world, there is most certainly not systemic racism. This is obvious as there are so many black Americans in sought-after positions across our country, including high offices politically. We have recently had a two-term black president and now have a black vice president. We should all fight alongside one another to ensure that there are always equal rights for every American. But equal rights are not served by calling one group victims and the other group oppressors. Dr. Carson warns us to take heed that there is another driving force behind the current narrative and it is basically to destroy our country and all that has been achieved for all Americans. As he says, there is no greater country than America which is proven by the fact that our borders continue to be an issue…not to keep people in, but rather to limit the influx of those who would willingly risk their lives to become part of this great nation. May our nation repent and once again affirm that we are “One Nation Under God.”

  5. 5 out of 5

    skip thurnauer

    Ben Carson’s mother dropped out of school when she was 13 years old, married a 28 year old man, and soon started a family. After being abandoned by her bigamist husband in Detroit, the teenaged single mother raised her two sons on her own. With the deck stacked against him, how did Carson excel academically, attend Yale, and become a leading neurosurgeon and Secretary of HUD? While Carson returns to his own story time and again to make points, his main thrust is racism in America. He believes th Ben Carson’s mother dropped out of school when she was 13 years old, married a 28 year old man, and soon started a family. After being abandoned by her bigamist husband in Detroit, the teenaged single mother raised her two sons on her own. With the deck stacked against him, how did Carson excel academically, attend Yale, and become a leading neurosurgeon and Secretary of HUD? While Carson returns to his own story time and again to make points, his main thrust is racism in America. He believes that great achievements in racial relations have occurred in his lifetime, however more progress needs to be made. He considers such philosophies as critical race theory to be divisive and that Americans do not live in a systemically racist nation. He suggests that “Marxist regimes virtually always divide and demonize people to create an atmosphere that demands change.” Change is best achieved through education and following this simple formula: graduate, get a job, get married, start a family. Too many Black children grow up in single parent households and are deprived of a quality education. As Dr. Alveda King says in the Forward, “As one who is not just ‘talking the talk’, Dr. Carson is ‘walking the walk’ with us… Do we harp and complain… Or do we build on the foundation of righteousness, truth, justice, with the goal of defeating the horrible injustices of America’s past.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    LAMONT D

    I AM A HUGE FAN OF BEN CARSON AND HIS STORY SO I WAS ANTICIPATING A GREAT READ FROM HIS LATEST BOOK AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. WHAT IS TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTING IS HOW THE LIBERAL LEFT GO AFTER THIS MAN OF INTEGRITY AND ACCOMPLISHMENT JUST BECAUSE HE DOES NOT THINK LIKE THEM. HE MAKES SOME VERY GOOD POINTS ABOUT THE CRITICAL RACE EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOLS AND THE WRONG PATH OUR POLITICIANS AND EDUCATORS ARE TAKING AS THEY TRY TO THRUST ONTO SOCIETY THEIR SOCIALISTIC AGENDA AND THE VICTOM METALITY TH I AM A HUGE FAN OF BEN CARSON AND HIS STORY SO I WAS ANTICIPATING A GREAT READ FROM HIS LATEST BOOK AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. WHAT IS TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTING IS HOW THE LIBERAL LEFT GO AFTER THIS MAN OF INTEGRITY AND ACCOMPLISHMENT JUST BECAUSE HE DOES NOT THINK LIKE THEM. HE MAKES SOME VERY GOOD POINTS ABOUT THE CRITICAL RACE EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOLS AND THE WRONG PATH OUR POLITICIANS AND EDUCATORS ARE TAKING AS THEY TRY TO THRUST ONTO SOCIETY THEIR SOCIALISTIC AGENDA AND THE VICTOM METALITY THAT DOES NOBODY GOOD. WORTH A READ TO ANYONE THAT WANTS TO ACTUALLY HEAR SOME COMMONSENSE THOUGHTS OF RACE IN AMERICA AND THE FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATIONS.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Stahle

    Quote "I will admit, however, that the left-wing media and the progressive politicians have a particular disdain for conservative Blacks who refuse to be constrained by left-wing ideology. If there is a form of systemic racism, it exists among the political class that thinks they have the right to determine how Black people should think." Just one of the great takeaways from Dr. Carson's latest book. We are all created equal. We need to see people as individuals! Quote "I will admit, however, that the left-wing media and the progressive politicians have a particular disdain for conservative Blacks who refuse to be constrained by left-wing ideology. If there is a form of systemic racism, it exists among the political class that thinks they have the right to determine how Black people should think." Just one of the great takeaways from Dr. Carson's latest book. We are all created equal. We need to see people as individuals!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tim Penning

    Excellent. Ben Carson, a brain surgeon and actual Black man, discusses race in America from personal experience and pragmatic intellect and honesty. He ably addresses history of slavery, the 1619 project, systemic racism, big media/tech and comes to well founded and hopeful conclusions and recommendations that defeat the weak and dangerous prescriptions of the so-called “woke.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ronald J.

    I have great respect for Dr. Ben Carson, and have read some of his prior books. His is an amazing life story. Raised by a single mother and reaching the heights in the medical profession that he did should inspire everyone. This book presents a hopeful future of race in America, even while it looks candidly at its past. The Foreword is written by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. I like how she sums up the message: “Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout, ‘W I have great respect for Dr. Ben Carson, and have read some of his prior books. His is an amazing life story. Raised by a single mother and reaching the heights in the medical profession that he did should inspire everyone. This book presents a hopeful future of race in America, even while it looks candidly at its past. The Foreword is written by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. I like how she sums up the message: “Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout, ‘White Power’! When nobody will shout, ‘Black Power!’ but everybody will talk about God’s power and human power.” This is a heartfelt message from someone who has experienced racism first hand and overcame it through grace. I wish it would have been a bit deeper, but it’s an inspiring read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara S. Mushinski

    Hope for America I enjoy reading Dr. Carson's clear and magnanimous way of presenting race relations in America. He gives me hope in this intrepid time of conflict and transition. Every American should read it. Hope for America I enjoy reading Dr. Carson's clear and magnanimous way of presenting race relations in America. He gives me hope in this intrepid time of conflict and transition. Every American should read it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Stockburger

    Great study. As expected, people are the problem. Self-absorbed. Learned behaviors. If we treated others the way we want to be treated this would all go away. A fair and impartial media would also help, but the media today appears to relish advocating differences.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teresaflegal

    He tackles the Critical Race Theory and 1619 Project. He is informative, hopeful and very patriotic in his feelings for America. He helps me believe there is hope for our future. I needed that now.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lucretia

    This story was interesting to me as I'd read his book about his skills in neurosurgery. It tells the true story of his upbringing in Detroit and Boston, his educational success, and his strong faith in God. All of which is amazing. The book gave me hope that our country will survive! This story was interesting to me as I'd read his book about his skills in neurosurgery. It tells the true story of his upbringing in Detroit and Boston, his educational success, and his strong faith in God. All of which is amazing. The book gave me hope that our country will survive!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wesley Dietz

    Excellent book for the time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Judith A Ferraro

    Magnificent!!!!!! So today!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    I received an ARC of, Created Equal, by Ben Carson. I have read other books by Ben Carson, but this is different. A very compelling short read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Philip Howard

    The book is basically a copy and paste from his previous books with updates to reflect the current political landscape.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex Dimaio

    Far from a religious person, and still I found this book incredibly sensible and moving. A great message for the youth. And a powerful response to the evils of CRT

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    Debra

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  24. 5 out of 5

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