My Interview with Dr Ben Carson at CPAC2014; Lack of Diversity Panels/Sessions Hits Home

One of the highlights of the Conservative Political Action Conference was to interview Dr. Ben Carson. Yes it was our first time broadcasting on Radio Row. Yes we had already put in over 11 hours of broadcasting before Dr. Ben showed up but we were no ways tired. We totally were pumped to see Dr. Carson and listen to what he had to say on a number of issues.

Dr. Carson was a man of integrity and honor and I am honored to have been able to have the chance to ask him a few questions. A few of the radio personnel around was surprised that we got him to sit down for a few minutes but it was very great time. A couple of the questions that I got to ask him were:

Wayne Dupree: “We need strength for this party, we need conviction, you carry those things. The media has been less than favorable to you. How do you keep motivated and how do you look past that toward the prize?”

Dr. Ben Carson:  “Well, I would be only disappointed if they didn’t say negative things because they are moving in the wrong direction. So if they approved of what I was doing, it would prove I was moving in the wrong direction too.

I wanted to ask Dr Carson about the “plantation” effect. Most liberal/minorities get angry when the word is used because in actuality it describes to a “T” what environment they live in but they turn truth into hate and fire back at the messenger.

Dr. Ben Carson: I think we have to be steady. But also recognize it’s almost not as bad as you might think. I mean, I travel around alot and I run into lots of minorities blacks, latinos in airports and train stations, everywhere and they come up to me and say Dr Carson, we totally agree with you on everything and if you decide to run we are all behind you…I get that everywhere. I think a lot of people are coming off that plantation that you are talking about. They are starting to learn how to think for themselves and they are becoming more educated. They recognize people like Booker T Washington, George Washington Carver and Frederick Douglass were all Republicans. They were all self-reliance people…and Martin Luther King’s dad was Republican. You are the person that has most to do what happens to you. Not the environment. If we can get more people thinking like that and less time of weeping and feeling sorry for themselves, we will be in much better shape.”

Another great interview was with Sonnie Johnson and Kira Davis. Two strong black conservative women that I look up to for strength and also as my partners in getting out the constitutional message and winning over some liberals. If you listen to the audio clip, you will see that this interview was very meaty when it came to information. We all were not happy with the way the panels didn’t portray the diversity that would have probably made a difference if they used “US,” meaning someone of color to tell the truth instead of spread statistics to a room of chairs.

Sonnie Johnson, Wayne Dupree, and Kira Davis at CPAC 2014


Wayne Dupree

Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

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