9.30.2005

Heck, Even I'm Almost Scared To Comment On It

Former U.S. education secretary William J. Bennett created a firestorm over the last couple of days on his radio talk show. The former U.S. education secretary-turned-talk show host said Wednesday that "if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." Bennett quickly added that such an idea would be "an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do." But, he said, "your crime rate would go down." Uh oh. Frankly, if you aborted every white baby right now, crime, statistically, speaking would go down. (That's simple - less people - less crime). But you throw in the term "black baby" and the comment becomes a nuclear bomb that no one can rationally discuss.

18 comments:

boredatwork said...

hmmm, looks like you scared them off this time barry.

Anonymous said...

Just another right wing talk show host sticking his foot in his mouth or letting it slip how he really thinks! Why didn't he use another illustration...like midgets! Remember when we heard about how George Bush hates midgets. They didn't take that statement off TV!

Condoleesa said...

I have no words.

Anonymous said...

Kind of makes you think.... I don't think that anyone can really argue with him, what he said is true.... but BSG you are probably right too. (about the white babies)

Anonymous said...

Bennett is a fanatic. He's just gathering junk to write another "I'm right, you're wrong" book........

...and likely asking Pat Robertson for advice.

Gag!

Anonymous said...

Just to put another spin on Barry's comment - if you aborted ANY group of folks, the crime rate would drop (fewer folks, likely fewer crimes).

However, if we really wanted quicker results, maybe we should just kill off some bunch of people (or have 'em move to Texas and let the prisons do the job).

Anonymous said...

EDUCATION!!

wizard said...

Sounds to me like the two faced hypocrite may be near publishing another "Virtuous" book.

daveg said...

Blacks commit crime at a 10x rate relative to whites.

No, you can give lots of reasons why that is the case, but it has been for at least 30 years.

So, Bennet is right, and he was giving reductio ad absurdum example, which implies that he saying aborting all black babies is a bad idea...

Get it.

Anonymous said...

The governments crime stats are based on crimes per 1,000 of population. Poor choice of example to be sure but I think Bennett would be right be right. Crime stats would indicate that blacks commit a much higher percentage of crimes.

That does make me P. C. but it doesn't make me racist either. It is just a fact.

Condoleesa said...

The comment is inexcusable. Take the babies of what ever color and provide them good role models, adequate money to support their needs and a good education and you lower crime too. I can't believe in this day and age people still think like that.

Anonymous said...

I think Elvis told it real well in his song "In the ghetto".

Blame it on poverty, lack of education or what ever else you come up with, but it is a serious problem as seen in the TV shots from New Orleans. These girls get more money from the government for having more kids. It is a cycle that needs to stop.

My choice would sterilization of both men and women if you want to receive welfare. And yes I am serious.

Anonymous said...

That goes for whites, blacks, Hispanic doesn't matter. Ignorance breeds ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Truth remains less than popular.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe anon 5:09's statement "truth remains less than popular". That is essentially saying that because ALL black people commit crime, they need to be aborted so the crime rate will go down. Anon 10:11 has it right--abort all whites and the crime rate will go down. How about aborting all adults like anon 5:09--then there won't be any more bigotry and racism in the world--we could use that. Some of the posts on this Blog are downright frightening.

m&m said...

You guys are not getting it. Daveg is exactly correct and probably heard the entire quote. The person he was talking to was trying to use the argument against abortion relative to all the tax revenue the government has lost due to those lives not being here to pay taxes. Bennett was merely sighting another goofy example to show that there are all kinds of social statistics for or against abortion, but the bottom line is that it is morally wrong.

Anonymous said...

There was another authority figure who had some of the same ideas, and theorys of mass extermination on groups of people based upon race to eliminate his cooutry's problems. His name was Hilter.

Anonymous said...

I think that all races need to control breeding.