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Fire Bill Bennett: Don’t Ask Him To Apologize

Bill Bennett, author of “The Book of Virtues” must think that gambling addiction and racism are virtues, because he keeps defending himself on both accounts. Bennett, while pondering the crime rate and abortion, recently said:

“… 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 …”

Alphaliberal.comThe Democrats have demanded an apology, but that is probably not appropriate. Bennett should not apologize for what he believes in. His apology would be insincere. Bennett, along with most other conservatives believes African-Americans are an inferior race.

Typically conservatives are masters at political correctness and hiding their true beliefs, but occasionally the truth slips out and it is oftentimes revealing. That Bennett couches his hatred for African-Americans in an allusion to genocide is all the more revealing.

It is absolutely a FALSE stereotype that blacks commit more crimes than whites in this country, just like it is absolutely false that blacks are less intelligent than whites, that blacks are like monkeys, that blacks are prone to crack addiction, or that blacks smell bad. Bill Bennett and his conservative defenders likely believe all of these things.

Citing statistics to show Bennett he is wrong, is a waste of time –just as it would be a waste of time to argue with the KKK that all races and religions are equal. Don’t ask Bennett to apologize for his beliefs, but do remove Bennett from the public airwaves immediately. A prejudiced “blue-eyed devil” like him does not deserve to ever hold a microphone again.

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  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Contemplating something as an unacceptable use of statistics to do justify doing something horrible is NOT the same as contemplating actually doing it. How can you not see this obvious difference?

    Exterminating the entire human race would also reduce crime, as would killing all male babies, as would executing all first time offenders, as would giving each child born in the US a million dollars, as would lobotomizing anyone who goes on welfare or unemployment. Statistically all of these things would reduce crime, and saying so doesn’t necessarily mean that you advocate doing any of them – especially when at the same time you specifically state that you aren’t advocating them.

    Give me a break – how far do you have to stretch things just to pursue a partisan witchhunt.

    Dave

  • Les Slater

    Mr. X,

    Very good post (48). Your parsing is pretty much what I was promising Dave. Your 50 is totally correct.

    I’m not sure why, but Dave sometimes appears to be clueless. But he’s not the only one that does not see what’s before his very eyes.

    Les

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Les, please. Point to me where Bennett said “hey, let’s go out and kill all the black babies – THAT is the best way to reduce crime.”

    Dave

  • Les Slater

    Dave,

    > Les, please. Point to me where Bennett said “hey, let’s go out and kill all the black babies – THAT is the best way to reduce crime.”

    You’re absolutely correct. I don’t think anyone has said otherwise. Re-read Mr. X’s 50, take a deep breath and think.

    Please do not take this personally. I do not think many posters here, both defenders, and critics see this clearly.

    Mr. X has to be geven credit for posting such a clear and succinct explanation. Many will not get it.

    Les

  • http://gratefuldread.net Natalie Davis

    Mr. Nalle, I think that what people are saying is that of all the reprehensible hypotheticals he could have used, Gambling Man went for aborting all the babies gifted by some loving creator with excess melanin (and, I suppose, an aversion to assimilating to you in ways you deem appropriate or necessary). Sure, he said following through on such a hypothetical would be terrible and indeed it would. But the fact that he would choose that particular reprehensible is telling in and of itself. The fact that he would even conceive of such a thing gives many people good reason to wonder. Should he be fired? What would be the point? No, I think people need to pray hard for the soul of Bill Bennett. Of course, I have believed that for years; this little incident didn’t alarm me at all. It disgusted me, but hell, the right wing leaves me feeling disgusted each and every day anyway.

  • Les Slater

    > I think that what people are saying is that of all the reprehensible hypotheticals he could have used,

    No, no. There was nothing hypothetical aboutg it. He was making a very clear statement about what he believes.

    “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”

    How explicit does one have to be?

  • http://www.iamcorrect.com Lono

    It just keeps getting better. Every day a Republican implodes. Why, just in the last week we have this Bennet comment, TWO DeLay indictments, and the Frist investigation for insider trading.

    Oh, and Judy Miller is rolling over on Karl Rove about now too.

    It’s a good day to be a Democrat. Oh, and I told you so.

  • http://www.nrlc.org/ Anthony Grande

    If you are happy about little liberal lies like these then it is obvious that you haven’t been happy for a long time.

  • Cunning Linguist

    The funny thing is that you liberals would have no problem aborting black babies if you knew ahead of time that those black babies would turn out to be conservative republicans. Deep down inside you all wish Colin Powell and Condeleeza Rice had been aborted. But then you wouldn’t have anyone to call “uncle tom”

    October 3, 2005, New day, same hypocritical liberal bullshit.

  • http://www.nrlc.org/ Anthony Grande

    I say we appoint Cunning Linguist to the Supreme Court. He knows what’s up.

  • Les Slater

    > Deep down inside you all wish Colin Powell and Condeleeza Rice had been aborted. But then you wouldn’t have anyone to call “uncle tom”

    Uncle Toms? They’re members of the Master’s clan.

    Wish they were aborted? Sounds like projection to me.

  • http://www.nrlc.org/ Anthony Grande

    No, you no what it is not deep in their minds. It is on the tip of their tongues.

    “They’re members of the Master’s clan.”

    Will you still say that when Rice is President??? Will she be the head of the clan??? Will she be the Master???

  • Les Slater

    > Will you still say that when Rice is President??? Will she be the head of the clan???

    And why wouldn’t I?

    > Will she be the Master???

    Did you mean The Master? If so, then no. Mr. Bush is not The Master.

  • http://www.blogcritics.com T A Dodger

    Why is this so hard to understand? Those of us (ok, MOST of us) who think what Bill Bennett said was racist DO NOT think that he actually advocates forcing blacks to have abortions.

    “Aborting all babies pregnancies would reduce the crime rate, and that is what we sould do.” = Racist and Monstrous statment.

    “Aborting all black pregnancies would reduce the crime rate, but it would be a HORRIBLE thing to do.” = Just racist.

  • http://www.blogcritics.com T A Dodger

    Sorry for the typos.
    Should be *should* and *statement*

  • http://www.blogcritics.com T A Dodger

    “Aborting all babies…”

    Wow, I give up on trying to correct all the typing errors in my original post.
    At least, in my own defense, aborting all babies would decrease the crime rate…of course that would be totally reprehensible. Sigh.

  • arthur

    black people scare me becasuse most of them are criminals

  • ey yo

    mannn can’t you niggers take a joke