Ben Carson: Our Skin Does Not Make Us Who We Are, Our Brain Does

By CNSNews.com Staff | August 7, 2015 | 11:12 AM EDT

Dr. Ben Carson (Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - During Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, Megyn Kelly of Fox News asked Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, what he would do if he were elected president to heal racial relations in the United States.

“We have purveyors of hatred who take every single incident between people of two races and try to make a race war out of it, and drive wedges into people,” lamented Carson. “This does not need to be done.”

He then said he does not talk about race more often because he is a neurosurgeon.

“I was asked by an NPR reporter once, why don’t I talk about race that often,” he said. “I said it’s because I’m a neurosurgeon. And she thought that was a strange response. And I said, you see, when I take someone into the operating room, I’m actually operating on the thing that makes them who they are. The skin doesn’t make them who they are.”

Here is the exchange:

Megyn Kelly: Dr. Carson, a question to you about God and his role, but also, one of the issues that the public was very interested in, and we touched on it earlier, is race relations in this country, and how divided we seem right now. And what, if anything, you can do -- you would do as the next president to help heal that divide.

Ben Carson: Well, I think the bully pulpit is a wonderful place to start healing that divide. You know, we have the purveyors of hatred who take every single incident between people of two races and try to make a race war out of it, and drive wedges into people. And this does not need to be done.

What we need to think about instead--you know, I was asked by an NPR reporter once, why don't I talk about race that often. I said it's because I'm a neurosurgeon. And she thought that was a strange response. And I said, you see, when I take someone to the operating room, I'm actually operating on the thing that makes them who they are. The skin doesn't make them who they are. The hair doesn't make them who they are. And it's time for us to move beyond that.

Because our strength as a nation comes in our unity. We are the United States of America, not the divided states. And those who want to divide us are trying to divide us, and we shouldn't let them do it.