Why Ben Carson’s claim that he stabbed someone is so key to his appeal to white America

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Media Outlet: The Washington Post

The race for the White House is really a long, very expensive and highly consequential ad campaign. What else are candidates doing than trying to convince voters that they have the best ideas, the most ambitiously pragmatic solutions for the country's ills and, of course, the right combination of character, experience and other attributes to do the job well?

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Janell Ross was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow, writing a book about the racial wealth gap and the truths about its real origins laid bare by the Great Recession. She is a political reporter for the Washington Post.