Ben Carson announced his candidacy for the Republican Party presidential nomination this week before quickly realizing that he was black. Carson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “It was like a moment of zen. I looked into a mirror shortly after the announcement and saw a black face. It was at that very moment that I realized I couldn’t win the GOP nomination.” It is unclear whether Carson realized how radically different the Republican Party has become since it led the charge to abolish slavery. The party of Lincoln is now the party of The New Jim Crow.
Carson now plans to either run as a Democrat or withdraw from politics altogether.