Black People : Willam J. Bennett..Crime & Black Abortions

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  1. sonnee01

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    Bennett Under Fire for Remark on Crime and Black Abortions
    By Brian Faler
    Special to The Washington Post
    Friday, September 30, 2005; A05

    Democratic lawmakers and civil rights leaders denounced conservative
    commentator William J. Bennett yesterday for suggesting on his
    syndicated radio show that aborting black children would reduce the
    U.S. crime rate.

    The former U.S. education secretary-turned-talk show host said
    Wednesday 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." Bennett quickly added
    that such an idea would be "an impossible, ridiculous and morally
    reprehensible thing to do." But, he said, "your crime rate would go
    down."

    Bennett's comments, flagged by the liberal news media watchdog group
    Media Matters for America, were quickly condemned by Senate Minority
    Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who issued a statement demanding that
    Bennett apologize. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) circulated a
    letter, signed by 10 of his colleagues, demanding that the Salem
    Radio Network suspend Bennett's show.

    Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference
    on Civil Rights, demanded that the show be canceled.

    "Bennett's statement is outrageous. As a former secretary of
    education, he should know better," Henderson said. "His program
    should be pulled from the air."

    A spokeswoman for Salem Radio Network did not return three calls
    requesting comment.

    Bennett, education secretary under then-President Ronald Reagan and
    director of drug policy during George H.W. Bush's administration has
    written a number of books stressing the importance of traditional
    values, including the 1993 bestseller "The Book of Virtues."

    In 2003, he admitted he was a heavy gambler after news reports that
    he had lost millions of dollars in casinos.

    Bennett's comments came Wednesday, during a discussion on his talk
    show "Morning in America." A caller had suggested that Social
    Security would be better funded if abortion had not been legalized in
    1973 because the nation would have more workers paying into the system.

    Bennett said "maybe," before referring to a book he said argued that
    the legalization of abortion is one of the reasons the crime rate has
    declined in recent decades. Bennett said he did not agree with that
    thesis.

    "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,"
    Bennett said, according to an audio clip posted on Media Matters for
    America's Web site. "That would be an impossible, ridiculous and
    morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.
    So these far-out, these far-reaching, you know, extensive
    extrapolations are, I think, tricky.


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    White House criticizes Bennett remarks on blacks

    Reuters

    Sep 30, 2005 — By Caren Bohan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday criticized as "not appropriate" a comment from former Education Secretary William Bennett that aborting black babies would reduce the U.S. crime rate.

    Bennett, a conservative radio commentator, stirred outrage for saying on his talk show on Wednesday: "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."

    "That would be an impossibly ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down," he said on his call-in program "Morning in America."

    Asked for President George W. Bush's reaction to the remarks, spokesman Scott McClellan said: "The president believes the comments were not appropriate."

    Bennett has not served in Bush's Cabinet, but has held various senior roles in the administrations of Bush's father and President Ronald Reagan. He is a former education secretary and head of U.S. drug policy.

    Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat of New Jersey, said Bush's response was not forceful enough.

    "Not appropriate is wearing white shoes after Labor Day (the last U.S. summer holiday). These comments were reprehensible and racist," Lautenberg said.

    Lautenberg said he would be introducing a resolution in the Senate condemning Bennett's comments.

    Bennett, author of a book on morality called "The Book of Virtues," faced controversy two years ago when it was revealed that he lost millions because of a gambling habit.

    Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Bennett's comments were "hateful, inflammatory" and asked whether they represented the values of the Republican party.

    Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, a former campaign adviser to Bush, has been trying to reach out to African Americans, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic.

    The widely criticized federal response to Hurricane Katrina dealt a setback to that effort. Many poor, black residents appeared to bear the brunt of the suffering in flooded New Orleans because they did not have the means to evacuate.



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    ARKANSAS

    Free abortions given to hurricane evacuees

    LITTLE ROCK -- A doctor has offered to perform free abortions on hurricane
    evacuees, saying it may be too dangerous for them to wait until they return
    home.

    Despite protests from abortion opponents, Little Rock Family Planning
    Services clinic director Dr. Jerry Edwards said he already has performed six
    free abortions. The clinic usually charges between $525 and $600 for a
    first-trimester abortion.

    "If we didn't provide it now, they would get it later -- a late-term
    abortion that would give greater risk to the mother's health," Dr. Edwards
    told KTHV-TV in Little Rock.
     
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    deep !!! I myself don't believe in Abortions
     
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    I know Rich.. this is awful.. this man is suggesting that killing our babies will cut the crime rate, and I cannot believe we are so quiet on this one. Wow.. this is so interesting.
     
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    I think we're so quiet because it's not a surprise to anyone anymore. We know that most white people would probably tend to agree with that idiotic point of view anyways, so it's not a big surprise. We all know about the Eugenics operations that have went on in this country.
     
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