Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who heads the Department of Housing and Urban Development, revealed on Wednesday that his home in Virginia was recently vandalized with anti-Trump rhetoric.
Carson told the story in a Facebook post calling for more unity in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist rally ended with a 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer mowing down and killing a counter-protester with his car.
“Regarding all of the racial and political strife emanating from the events in Charlottesville last weekend, let me relate a story,” Carson began.
He says that after he and his wife bought a farm in rural Maryland several years ago, a neighbor immediately put up a Confederate flag.
Carson said that his other neighbors immediately banded together and put up American flags to shame the pro-Confederacy neighbor. The effort worked, and the neighbor took down the Confederate flag.
More recently, Carson’s home in Virginia was vandalized with “hateful rhetoric about President Trump,” he says.
“We were out of town, but other kind, embarrassed neighbors cleaned up most of the mess before we returned,” Carson writes.
Carson looked on the positive side of both incidents.
“In both instances, less than kind behavior was met by people taking the high road,” he wrote.
“We could all learn from these examples. Hatred and bigotry unfortunately still exists in our country and we must all continue to fight it, but let’s use the right tools,” he continued.
Carson concluded by noting that the Maryland neighbor who flew the Confederate flag eventually “became friendly.”
“That is the likely outcome if we just learn to be neighborly and to get to know each other.”