Few things political pundits do appall me. I mean, we live in a country with a dim-witted president, and I reside in a state that has his brother as my governor.
But this controversy involving former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett got me to thinking. If you haven’t heard, he’s the newest idiot savant who said on his national radio talk show, Morning in America, that the solution to crime in this country would be to abort African-Americn children.
He says, “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.”
Although he says it’s “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.”
WTF? You think the solution to crime in this country is to eradicate newborn black babies? Who are you fooling? Caucasians are committing crimes in the United States, too. Who’s murdering their pregnant wives at a staggering rate? Who is committing most of the sex crimes involving children in this country? It shole ain’t us, massa!
As a matter of fact, according to crime figures published by the U. S. Department of Justice, cases of homicide are being committed by more white folks than assholes like Bennett thinks. Although blacks have committed more crimes of felony, drug and gun homicides, Caucasians have performed more heinous acts such as intimate and family murder, infanticide and eldercide. They are also more likely to kill for sex-related, work-related, or surprisingly, gang-related crimes. Poison and arson are also crimes most perpetrated by whites, as well.
So take that, Mr. Bennett!!
But my question is how does a man who wrote The Book of Virtues, a best-selling, feel-good book of inspirational poetry and stories imparting practical values, come off as a no-good bigot? He was the former leader of education in America, for God’s sake. And the racist hypocrite (redundant, I know) stands by what he said. Bennett even contends that he should receive an apology because he feels his comments had been taken out of context.
In an another article, Bennett’s quoted as saying, “I don’t think people have the right to be angry, if they look at the whole thing. But if they get a selective part of my comment, I can see why they would be angry. If somebody thought I was advocating that, they ought to be angry. I would be angry.
“But that’s not what I advocate.”
When asked if he should apologize, he simply replied, “I don’t think I do. I think people who misrepresented my view owe me an apology.”
It just goes to show that no matter how much we think things have changed, they always stay the same. And there’s one idiot born every minute.