March 26, 2013, Henry Payne
When I was growing up in Detroit, there were people talking about, ‘this person’s being unfair, that’s unfair, this is against me.’ But you know what? Nobody stopped me from going into Wayne State University’s library and taking advantage of all kinds of programs,” says Dr. Ben Carson, ruing Detroit’s culture of victimization. “(We must) empower people to take advantage of the multiple opportunities that exist.”
You can take Ben Carson out of Detroit, but you can’t take Detroit out of Dr. Ben Carson.
The renowned neurosurgeon’s humble beginnings in Motown are never far from his thoughts. As his hometown gains an emergency manager to fix its fiscal crisis, Carson warns of the larger cultural crises that threaten Detroit’s children.