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Bill Bennett tells truth, Liberals call for censorship

From the Washington Post:

Democratic lawmakers and civil rights leaders denounced conservative commentator William J. Bennett yesterday for suggesting on his syndicated radio show that aborting black children would reduce the U.S. crime rate.

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.”

Bennett’s comments, flagged by the liberal news media watchdog group Media Matters for America, were quickly condemned by Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who issued a statement demanding that Bennett apologize. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) circulated a letter, signed by 10 of his colleagues, demanding that the Salem Radio Network suspend Bennett’s show.

Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, demanded that the show be canceled.

“Bennett’s statement is outrageous. As a former secretary of education, he should know better,” Henderson said. “His program should be pulled from the air.”

Remember how in the last few years any criticism of the most outrageous anti-American statements from the “anti-war” left are met with dries of “censorship!” and “stifling dissent”?

But here, Bill Bennett made a statement that is inarguably true, and look at the quick calls for censorship. It is a fact that blacks are disproportionately involved in criminal activity. Therefore, it is also true that if you killed off a lot of black people, the crime rate would probably go down. But Bennett wasn’t advocating doing so, he was arguing against the idea of connecting the issue of abortion to other issues, whether Social Security or crime. No reasonable person of normal intellect would misunderstand the citing of a hypothetical, then calling the hypothetical “reprehensible” as support for the premise of the hypothetical.

But race-mongering demagogues like Congressman Conyers have no interest in making an honest argument, they want to stir up racial tensions in America, because it helps them politically. It’s that simple. And stop calling these demagogues “civil rights leaders.” That is outrageous.

It’s important to note that all liberals are not knee-jerk race baiters. Here Matthew Yglesias, no fan of Bennett, defends his comments.

Andrew McCarthy defends Bennett on NRO

The White House issues a weak-kneed response (via Outside the Beltway):

The White House on Friday criticized former Education Secretary William Bennett for remarks linking the crime rate and the abortion of black babies. “The president believes the comments were not appropriate,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

Howard Dean weighs in, with his typical calm and reserve.

posted by: The Editors @ 9:37 am September 30, 2005


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  2. Is there a reason my trackback isn’t working? It says that it won’t be shown on the blog. Is it a technical problem?

    Here’s the post in question–it does link to yours.

    Comment by David — September 30, 2005 @ 3:23 pm September 30, 2005

  3. I’m not sure why the trackback didn’t work. Hopefully just one of those unexplainable one-time glitch things. (Sorry for all the technical jargon) Thanks for the link.

    Comment by The Editors — September 30, 2005 @ 4:26 pm September 30, 2005

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  6. If the Right -wing can can debate black morality there is also another side to this debate one that involves patriotism, loyalty to a country that only shows it when they want to use our bodies for the war machine or your entertainment. There is another side to this debate.
    I think personally, it is for time Afro- Americans seriously discuss doing what the Israeli people are doing in Palestine for their own self- protection, ” racial disengagement” from white america. If white amerikkkans can debate black morality then black disengagement would be a reasonable response and honest conversation .As long as white american opinion is coming from the news and and blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Fox News, and those attitudes have not changed over the past 25 years since the conservative rise to power in fact, these opinions have hardened from simple disagreements on political issues to saying the people in New Orleans “got what they deserved for depending on the Government” (when in every other country people feel even in the most violently oppressive regimes that government should have aided these people in their time of need.) to total disdan for black life,(and after press reports to lot of the so-called rapes and crime were outright lies and fabrications) For me personally Bennett’s statment and most amerikkkans defense of it (from black conservatives saying we need to lighten up) is the final straw. Considering the fact that 70% of white males committ more crimes as oppose to black males 27% according to the most recent FBI stats in 2003(the FBI only counts who gets locked up not arrested) that there other reasons for the high numbers of AA locked up in prison from shoddy defense attorneys to giving the D.A. too much lattitude in bringing cases to trial and our awful drug laws. (which Bennett created when he was drug Czar) I think personally it is time we had a debate on whether further dealing in trying to solve the race problem in this country is becoming determential to our development as strong, sane black nation in amerikkka. It may sound like I am advocating separation but that’s impossible for a population of 13%, what I am saying the time has come to leave the table of racial reconcilation and move to self-development and things like…

    1. developing strong black-led institutions
    2. Keeping our young men and women out of harms way
    3. Taking care of our elders
    4. get rid of our subsittute teachers called “black leaders’ (right and left)
    5. Have a more secular – based leadership that is not committed to racial intergration but black improvment
    6. building black colleges that are just a s strong as the Yales, Notre Dames
    7. How will be be defended in times of crisis (natural disaters , riots etc..)
    8. And teaching our kids to be independent of the majority society instead of waiting for a “rainbow” of racial harmony.

    I think a rational plan would be to not expect anything of racial reconcilation or ‘colorblindness’ from this society(expect to protect our hard-earned rights)from white amerikkka (or it’s citizens) at this point in our development as a people. I think it is time to let amerikka go and the disscussion on race should be amongst white amerikkkans like yourself because people like you are the ones who bear “the orginal sin ” of racial hatred and discrimination. We should define our humanity on our own terms AS STRONG BLACK PEOPLE. Racial Reconcilation in this country is ‘overrated’ at best .A debate amongst Afro- Americans would be more realistic than getting angry at a white racialist Like Bennett .

    Comment by eric — October 7, 2005 @ 12:52 am October 7, 2005

  7. eric,

    There’s no such thing as “black morality” or “white morality”, only “morality”.

    Your ideas are terribly racist. Thank you for demonstrating that not all racists are white.

    Comment by The Editors — October 7, 2005 @ 9:12 am October 7, 2005

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