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September 30, 2005



I have just read the transcript of the Bennett statement in the hopes that it was correct that his statement ("But I do know that it's true 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.") was taken out of context; despite doubting that there was a context in which his remark would make any sense.

In reading the remark in its context, I found nothing to justify it - in fact the context seemed only more mystifying. The ‘context’ seemed to start with the premise that abortion cost a lot in the amount of social security that is collected. Aside from the fact that this is illogical (they are not collecting SS either) it also puts the value of life into a strictly monetary terms - what can we the living get from those who are not born. The unborn are commodities (so much for the value of every life.) This would have been the morally reprehensible enough if Bennet had not topped it by singling out a race and engaged in stereotyping. The statement implies that it is the race that you are born in that predicts predilection to crime - ignoring poverty, lack of opportunities and valuing of some humans, and a variety of other factors. If this ones stance on the causative agent of crime, e.g. race, it sort of lets society off the hook - there is nothing that can be done.
Although Bennett feigns protest and an injustice that he is being called on the idea of getting rid of a whole race was just a little misunderstanding - he said it. In context, his statement almost sounds like he is saying that ‘it is unfortunate that we can't get away with this’. The conservatives are saying that the liberals should not get on a moral high horse about the statement but I do not understand why not. By not getting morally outraged it quietly says "maybe you can get away with this idea - no one seems to be objecting". Where does the social cultural 'leaders' have accountability for what they say? I believe that his statement is "ridiculous and morally reprehensible" and I only wish that there was a universal condemnation that would make it impossible for a statement such as his to cross anyone’s mind.
What do you think bustard?


I think it's a totally accurate and insightful comment. Everyone should be outraged by Bennett's comments. Writing to editorial pages is one way to express outrage. Another is to try to calm down a bit, and then to visit some of the sites listed on the cdbustard and try to explain to the right what is so wrong with their boy Bill.

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