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Washington (CNN) - It was 1965 and Ben Carson, an eighth-grade black student in Detroit, was stunned.
Unable to control her anger, his teacher lashed out at white students for failing to outperform Carson, who had just been awarded the class's highest academic achievement. In an interview last week, Carson described the teacher as being from a time when some people thought "how can a black person ever intellectually do better than a white person?"
"To her, it was the most abnormal thing that ever happened in the history of the world," Carson said. "To me, I was determined I would show her."