I couldn’t help but comment on this article.
It seems like an incredibly stupid thing to say, and I noticed how the bold type under the headline seemed to quote him in the most provocative way possible, as if this were something to be entertained. It’s not nearly as provocative–but still stupid–when you read the context here:
“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 impossibly ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down,” he said.
The exact same statment could be made about whites or hispanics, because all races commit crimes. Giving Bennett the benefit of the doubt, however, I think his premise may have been that, statistically, black people on a whole commit/are convicted of more crimes per capita than other races. This is a statement of fact which could be proved or disproved. I can’t imagine what good he was trying to accomplish by speaking as he did in such inflammatory terms.
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After a few comments back and forth with those who disagreed with me, I find myself appreciating their perspective a bit more. (At this point, I wouldn’t have written the original post in such definitive terms, but I’ll leave it there since those were my thoughts at that the time. Admittedly my context was somewhat limited too, and I didn’t take the time to pursue it further.)
A few sage words from a friend. It’s good to have friends who agree with you, and perhaps even better to have friends who disagree.
I think it’s ok to speak out loud, or in print, a particular conclusion, as evil as it sounds, given the right context and critique. And while Bennett’s comments were abbreviated, I thought he did a decent enough job given the medium he was working with. I am disappointed in everyone else, supposedly bright legislators and media folks, and their inability/unwillingness to actually think through what was said.