Bill Bennett: Sir, You Are No Chris RockSeptember 30th, 2005 at 11:23 pm by Smantix
I hate Bill Bennett. With every clogged artery of my cold, black heart – I hate him. If I could sentence him to a Hell where he was forced to ingest two sheets of double-dipped blotter, made to watch Cheech & Chong movies all day long and only be allowed to play on a slot machine that never pays off for all of Eternity – I would. So it is with great regret that I must rush to the side of a man I despise so completely.
Bennett, on his radio show, “Morning in America,” was answering a caller’s question 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.”
Responding later to criticism, Bennett said his comments had been mischaracterized and that his point was that the idea of supporting abortion to reduce crime was “morally reprehensible.”
Now for the visually impaired or the especially hard of hearing who are having this read to them by a friend or loved one, that’s Bennett calling the idea “ridiculous” and “morally reprehensible”. Repeatedly. Others have noted more eloquently than I that:
In 1729 Jonathan Swift wrote “A Modest Proposal For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being A Burden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Public.”
Swift wrote A Modest Proposal to illustrate just how bad poverty had become in the early days of the Industrial Revolution. It was bad enough that, from an amoral perspective, the slaughter of children for human consumption, made economic sense. The sheer inhumanity of the suggestion was designed to shock the United Kingdom into confronting its very real problems with poverty. For that, Swift’s essay is still studied by nearly every student of college English Literature.
Enough of your erudite, book learnin’ Mr. Krumm. For those who missed Swift, they’ve surely seen a Chris Rock routine. Some people are allowed to say certain things about race and some people aren’t. As that is the case, the former Secretary of Education, Drug Czar, and Moral Thunderbolt caster Bennett’s completely unoriginal observations on “The Roe Effect” has elicited howls of manufactured outrage.
The Gray Tie gives us a partial transcript of Bennett’s appearance on Hannity & Colmes last night where he’s not backpedaling:
Before that, when I was secretary of education, I took on what I think is one of the great civil rights issues of our time, which is educational opportunity and educational choice. The stupid ghettoized curriculum we have, the fact that these black kids go to lousy schools and aren’t allowed to choose the schools of their choice because they don’t have the money and don’t have the opportunity.
I’ve been at this for 25 years and I have been called everything in the book, but I will stay at what I do because I believe it.
Let me just tell you, when it comes to abortion, my wife’s program, Best Friends, has kept more young women from having abortions because they don’t get pregnant because they take her good counsel…
HANNITY: Let me…
BENNETT: Than the entire black caucus. She has done more for inner city black girls than the entire black caucus. So I will not bow my head to any of these people.
Here’s the CDC on abortion rates by race for a little perspective. Since some people are so quick to intentionally misinterpret Bennett’s comments, it would only seem right to mention that Democrats already fund and sanction an ongoing war against the African-American community in the spirit of Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger and a realization of what she called “The Negro Project”:
In the 41 areas for which race was adequately reported, approximately 55% of women who obtained legal induced abortions were known to be white, 35% were black, and 7% were of other races; for 3% of the women, race was unknown. (Table 9). The abortion ratio for black women (503 per 1,000 live births) was 3.0 times the ratio for white women (167 per 1,000 live births).
Those numbers are fairly disgusting. That if you are black and in America that it’s a miracle you’re here in the first place since there is a greater than 50/50 chance for you to have been aborted than to be born.
Bennett is not responsible for the abortion end of his speculation. He’s responsible for the crime rate. As Drug Tsar, his zero-tolerance policies are to blame for the increase in incarcerations for minor drug offenses that disproportionately effected the percentage of blacks in prison and the numerically greater number of whites in prison. Aborting Bill Bennett’s appointment as Drug Tsar would have lowered the crime rate. He has criminalized millions of blacks, whites, and hispanics alike – indiscriminately embracing diversity through the zealous persecution of a victimless crime. Ruining the lives and careers of people who don’t share his particular vice.
Democrats have already laid a holocaust at the bedroom of Black America so attempting to slam Bennett is just a little more than disingenuous. They have deceived blacks into a mindset that sacrifices their children in a war where their coffins are draped by flags with “Choice” written on them. There will be no ACLU lawsuits to get those pictures.
I come neither to praise Bennett nor to bury him. Bennett helps fund inner city kids going to college unlike liberals who fund inner city kids’ path to extinction. Given that sad reality, today I must side with Bennett and I hope I never have to again.
Cheer up, honey. And remember to vote Hillary for more of the same.
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