Friday, September 30, 2005

Bennett: Linking crime rate to abortion of black babies

Race or rhetoric?

Former Education Secretary William Bennett is under fire for his remarks linking the crime rate and the abortion of black babies. Bennett, on his radio show, "Morning in America," was answering a caller's question on Wednesday when he took issue with the hypothesis put forth in a recent book that one reason crime is down is that abortion is up.

"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," said Bennett, author of "The Book of Virtues."

He went on to call that "an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky."

CNN is among several news organizations covering the story. Bennett's website has posted streaming audio from the controversial broadcast.

The White House criticized the former education secretary's comments on Friday, saying that Bennett's statements "were not appropriate." As of Thursday evening, Bennett stood by his remarks. What do you think?

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Rose said...

That tells me that he is stupid. You could do the same with whites and crime would also go down...where does Bush get these folks and why haven't we started the impeachment process on Bush and his cronies?...

Reggie said...

Time to be honest...

Bennett was just being honest in reflecting the warped views of many. There is a vast swath of the American populace that is fearful/disturbed/terrified by/of "Black America"

African Americans / Black Americans have many deep issues that breed statements like Bennett's and it's good that he brought it up so perhaps people with the COURAGE to help make society better will "get off their asses" and do something to change those aweful perceptions; not just bicker about why Bennett should apologize.

I am not a criminologist but I can reasonably assume that killing any sizable portion of any populace in any major or mid-sized city of this world would augment the crime rate (duh!). However, America's crime rate is a special case and I don't believe aborting all "black babies" would do much for the crime rate. It would just open a void for other poverty stricken segments of the American populace to swarm in and receive some of the negative spotlight.

I don't believe Bennett should apologize for expressing a hypothetical stance, but he should be objective in also realizing that crime is more closely related to poverty, lack of education and opportunity than race. Ask the kids in East Europe who commit hanous crimes against each other in search of imfamy and an escape from poverty. Ask the kids in the Philippines who have absolutely nothing whether it's better to beg or steal. Chat with the young gangs in Western China about the economic miracle that is so exclusively bright on the East coast of China. You could even ask the kids in Brazil what capitalism meant for their parents who lost jobs and opportunity to large corporations and governement deregulation. Oh, and please don't forget to ask the kids in Guatemala how hard it is to make a living off of anything other than kidnapings and extortion.

Poverty, lack of education, lack of opportunity and inferiority complexes breed crime; not race!

America has birthed a serious gun culture, glorification of organized crime, and thus a huge prison population that is more about cheap labor for large corporations than societal reform.

Let's all be abreast of the issues, then go do something about it. Next time you see some young "black" American [or any young American for that matter] acting stupid, you grab him/her by the hand and offer a better way out of their plight. Or, you could work with organizations that specifically help get kids off the streets, into school and give them productive opportunities to contribute meaningfully to society...Just Reggie observing reality

Deb S. said...

Rose, I wonder how many people share your sentiments. How much do you think America would change if President Bush were impeached? Does this mean you want Dick Cheney as President? Your comments give us a lot to think about.

Reggie, you are right when you say that it is time to be honest - to "get real" in addressing issues such as this one. It is easy for us to shoot down Bennett. But how many of us actually step up to the plate and do something on a regular basis to make a difference for our communities? I applaud people like Rose, who make a difference every day in the lives of children and adults.

Reggie, may you continue to "observe reality," not only on your own site but on this one as well. Thank you for a well-crafted commentary.

Rose said...

No I don't want Cheney, I want Hilary Clinton.. Reggie you are right in your observation but my point is exactly like your observation and killing off any parts of a race would reduce crime...daily I put my money and hands where other puts their mouth. I am an avid social worker who although is in higher management still works closely with my staff and the people we serve to make a positive difference.

John McAdams said...

Planned Parenthood Advocates Abortion to Reduce Crime

And the bizarre thing is that Bennett, who explicitly rejects abortion, is under attack.

Deb S. said...

John, thank goodness your musings (and mine) are protected under the First Amendment. In the interest of fairness to Planned Parenthood, it would be great if you could produce an official quote from the organization's leadership on this topic. Make sure the quote is in context. Thank you for stopping by.