‘Dr. Carson’s accomplishments and successes as a surgeon and advocate for getting a good education do not change because he works for this President…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The Detroit school board voted to rename several buildings in its district, including a high school named after Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
The Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine is part of the school board’s policy to honor “individuals who have made a significant contribution to the enhancement of education,” according to the district.
Carson, who grew up in poverty in Detroit, became a world-renowned brain surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital prior to entering into public service.
After dropping his bid for president in the 2016 GOP primary, he became one of President Donald Trump’s early supporters.
Detroit’s school-naming policy allows the school district to rename the building if it no longer reflects the current student population or “the community of the geographic area where the school is located,” or if “information newly discovered about the current name of the school is negative in nature.”
Citing those guidelines, board member LaMar Lemmons pushed to rename Carson’s school.
He said Carson does not represent the district any longer and that Detroit residents “don’t support the Trump administration,” according to the Detroit News.
The board voted 6-1 to change the school’s name.
But new recommendations will likely not be taken into consideration until next year, Lemmons said.
“We don’t want to be premature,” he said. “The community will have input and influence the process.”
The decision has sparked backlash from many who say the school district should be proud of Carson’s work and achievements in the medical field.
“This is another misguided effort by liberals to erase history. The Detroit school board had no problem with the name of the school before Dr. Carson became active in politics,” said Gregory Parker, member of the Project 21 black leadership network.
“Dr. Carson’s accomplishments and successes as a surgeon and advocate for getting a good education do not change because he works for this President. His accomplishments will forever serve as a testament to courage and strength for all people—black and white.”