So different in ways, two individuals share a number of natural and life characteristics. We discuss these commonalities. The poll below features Dr. Ben Carson and Jeremy Meeks, offering us an interesting look at American culture. This poll runs from June 27, 2014 trough July 12, 2014.
Both are African American males. One restless during pre-adolescent years; the other, restless an adult. Both are married and fathers.
Both men have rose to popularity due, in-part, to distinctive heads. In 1988, Dr. Carson performed a 22-hour surgery on Benjamin and Patrick, becoming the first to successfully separate Siamese twins. As for Jeremy Meeks, TMZ recently reported that an agency is interested in extending a modeling deal that could generate up to $30,000 per month from runway jobs and ad campaigns, featuring Armani, Versace, and other designers. The modeling agency is disclosed its intrigue with the teardrop tattooed on Meeks’ chiseled face.
The men have been featured in national news. The retired Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital attracted attention after comments made during the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Meeks, who now faces five weapons charges, one gang charge, and a $1 million bail bond, captivated social media after his photos made their way across social media.
While the two men occupy opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum, money is very much a part of both stories. Dr. Carson is responsible for over 5,000 college scholarships. Meeks is in-need of money to pay for mounting legal fees.
In the stories of Dr. Carson and Jeremy Meeks, we find sub-plots of mothers fighting for the future of their sons. In the case of Dr. Carson, a low-income mother, who could not read, turned her son onto books and high academic expectations. In the case of Meeks, an active mother is fighting for fair judicial treatment of her son.
And both of these figures engender a range of responses from the public. Celebrated in some political quarters, Dr. Carson faces criticism for outspoken opposition of Obamacare. Meeks, while admired for his features, is likewise the target of jeers that a “thug” should receive such public admiration.
Our attitudes about Dr. Ben Carson and Jeremy Meeks is as much a reflection of where we are a society. Our reactions to these figures reveal cultural indicators, values, and interests. There are no “good” or bad” ideas. Just ideas. And this forum is interested in the readers’ ideas as well as the broader implications.
So, who’s trending on your public interest index – Dr. Ben Carson or Jeremy Meeks? Cast your votes below and help us gain insights into American culture.
WHO’S TRENDING: Carson vs. Meeks
(Closes on July 12, 2014)
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