The narrative of Dr. Ben Carson’s life is compelling. Other than being Black, his story would fit snugly into the Horatio Alger motif. Born poor in Detroit and raised by a mother who only completed the third grade, Carson was a smart and disciplined student who was determined to excel.

After graduating from Yale University, Carson worked at number of jobs before entering the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. There, for 29 years, he was the director of pediatric neurosurgery.

Carson received global attention in 1987, when he led a team of surgeons in the separation of Siamese twins, a feat he would perform on several occasions.

With a stack of honorary degrees, the question is how did such a brilliant man end up a Republican and currently almost leading the pack to be the party’s presidential nominee?

More baffling still, here’s a well-trained man of science actually dismissing the existence of global warming, insisting that climate change is not a topic of major concern. In his opinion, despite numerous reports, climate change is “irrelevant.” “There’s always going to be either cooling or warming going on,” he told reporters.

His position on gun ownership will not upset the National Rifle Association. Owning a gun, he has said on several occasions, is an important right and protection.

Like his Republican colleagues, Carson has no full embrace of the Affordable Care Act, which may have helped some, he observed, but at a high cost to others.Down the list of issues from immigration reform to the recently concluded Iran deal, he toes the party line.

Loyalty to the party line is not at all disconcerting. Other African-American Republicans who have sought the presidency have expressed similar views, including Alan Keyes, who ran for the office several times on the Republican ticket before being equally unsuccessful with other parties. We remember, too, the failed quest of Herman Cain, who was a frontrunner after a primary but watched his campaign implode amid allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denied.

Most troublesome about Carson is his recent stance against Black Lives Matter. During an appearance on “NewsOne Now,” moderated by Roland Martin, he said the movement was “alienating a lot of people who are not Black.” Such a view resembles the “respectability politics” professor Randall Kennedy discusses in his essay in the latest Harper’s Weekly, the idea of doing and saying nothing that will reflect badly on Blacks.

From Carson’s perspective, institutions such as Planned Parenthood, rotten schools, Black-on-Black crime and rampant drug use are more damaging to Black Americans than police brutality or misconduct.

“Yes, Black lives matter,” Carson told Martin, “but I believe all Black lives matter. And I am very disappointed that the movement doesn’t recognize that the carnage in the community coming about from institutions like Planned Parenthood and crime upon each other is very significant. And we need to be looking at the things that are keeping the Black community from accelerating, like rotten schools and tolerating the drugs that are in your neighborhood.” He also said that the movement was “bullying” people.

There is nothing new about this rant. We heard portions of it from Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie. But to hear it from Carson, who is only one incident from being a victim himself, like James Blake, it makes you wonder about his reasoning and his understanding of what it means to a Black American.

Wednesday evening, during the debate, the nation will probably hear more of Carson’s attack on political correctness, his view on the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms, and a slew of things in contradiction to the Spingarn Medal he received from the NAACP in 2006.

We agree with NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, who said, “I believe Dr. Carson, with all due respect, should stick to the operating room rather than the campaign trail.”

Carson’s rise in the polls is a momentary blip, and he, like Donald Trump, will soon reap the whirlwind of the reactionary wind he is sowing.

For many years, the world cherished another Dr. Ben—Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan—but Carson is a far cry from what he represented to us and our survival.