or so says William Bennett :
Morality maven William Bennett was in holier-than-thou hell yesterday after the White House and just about everybody else blasted him for saying the crime rate could be reduced by aborting "every black baby in this country."
The best-selling author of "The Book of Virtues" insisted he was no racist and refused to apologize.
"I was putting forward a hypothetical proposition," Bennett said on his "Morning in America" radio show.
But the Bush administration quickly distanced itself from the cultural conservative. "The President believes the comments were not appropriate," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.
While Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats demanded that Bennett apologize, NAACP chief Bruce Gordon said he was "personally offended and angry that Bennett felt he could make such a public statement with impunity."
The Rev. Al Sharpton called the conservative's comments "blatantly racist." "He's a man who thinks black and crime are synonymous," he said.
But Bennett was defended by his brother, high-powered Washington lawyer Robert Bennett.
"What I would emphasize is that he called this morally reprehensible," the lawyer told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I think it's largely making a mountain out of a molehill."
Responding to a caller on Wednesday's radio program, Bennett said he disagreed with the hypothesis put forward in another best seller, "Freakonomics," that crime goes down as abortions go 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.
Bennett, a Republican who opposes abortion, then added that this would be "an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down."
"Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything" links the drop in crime to a drop in the number of children born into poverty after Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion. But authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner did not assume that those aborted fetuses would have been black.
"Race is not in any way central to our arguments about abortion and crime," Levitt wrote on his blog yesterday.
The Brooklyn-reared Bennett was education secretary under President Ronald Reagan and the nation's first drug czar under the first President George Bush. A darling of the religious right, Bennett's credentials as moralizer-in-chief were tarnished two years ago when he admitted he had a gambling problem.
Dumb's the word
What William Bennett said:
"But I do know that itís 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. That would be an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down."
And this guy was the education secretary of the USA.
I dunno if i should laugh or cry at such insane stupidity and racist comments from a guy who was the secretary of education!!
The more i live here, the more i wish we didnt have the USA as our neighbour down south!