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I wish that those who are the haters and manipulators would take a moment to examine their hearts and motives. I hope they will think about using their intellectual talents for good.

They would be wise to ask themselves this question: How much good did being one of the cool guys in high school do in the long run? Let us all give honor to the concepts of hard work, integrity, kindness, compassion, personal responsibility, family values, and faith in and obedience to God.

Many people from all backgrounds gave up their freedom, their blood and even their lives to provide a life of liberty and dignity for those trapped by the chains of legal discrimination and hatred.

We must not allow their sacrifice to become meaningless by allowing “do-gooders” to replace the chains of overt racism with the new chains of dependency, low expectations, victimhood and misdirected anger.

Let’s use our God-given wisdom to outwit the purveyors of division and deceit. Let’s be loyal to the correct values and principles, regardless of the short-term personal cost. The long-term benefits will be well worth it.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and author of the forthcoming “One Nation” (Sentinel, May 20).