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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