|Cover of one of Ben Carson's biographies.|
Recent investigations and questioning of Carson's childhood friends has failed to provide any evidence that Carson was a violent child, although in his biography "Gifted Hands," he recounts stories of stabbing and punching a classmate. He also claims to have had sheltered some of his white classmates in a science classroom during a race riot at his high school, but none of his interviewed classmates seemed to have been able to recall this heroic act. Furthermore, another inspirational story from his biography claims that Carson was the most honest student in his "Perceptions 301" class for being the only student not to walk out of the classroom when the professor conducted some sort of experiment where he told his students that they all had to retake their final exams. Records of this "Perceptions 301" class have not been found on the Yale records. Politico magazine also published an article disputing Carson's claim that he was offered a "full scholarship" to West Point, while records show that Carson never even applied to the school.
As the media coverage and stronger scrutiny of Carson's past continues, he is standing his ground. As a response to these claims by the media, Carson said, "Show me somebody, even from your business, the media, who is 100 percent accurate in everything that they say that happened 40 or 50 years ago" (Huffington Post article). Despite this, Carson admits that he may have gotten the name of the number of his "Perceptions 301" class wrong, but he still stands behind and reinforces many of these highly disputed stories.
While every presidential candidate is scrutinized by media, Carson seems to be taking more heat about his past than most others. Do you think that Carson may have fabricated many of these stories that can be seen as such inspirational points in his campaign? Also, how much does it matter than he may have embellished or exaggerated stories with regards to his ability to be a good President?
Huffington Post, CNN, NY Times, Politico