How pathetic is William Bennett? He still can’t take ownership of his horrible comments that aborting all black babies would reduce the crime rate in America. Instead, he is continuing to insist that his comments were taken out of context. His new tack is that he was using these statements to make a “bad argument” which he could then dispute. Which is total bullcrap!
Let us not forget exactly what he said:
Bennett told a caller on his radio show, “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.”
He went on to call that “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.”
Emphasis mine, to point out something very important here: Bennett not only made that racist comment, but he then went back and restated that same argument! If he wasn’t endorsing it, if he didn’t believe it, then why restate it? And why restate it with such certainty? If you haven’t listened to the full clip of his show on Media Matters, go back and do so. Listen to the whole two minutes plus, so you can’t be accused of taking the comments out of context. And then listen to the certainty in Bennett’s voice as he re-states that the crime rate would go down.
Bennett needs to quit trying to make excuses, quit trying to blame everyone else, and say, “yes, I made these statements.” He could follow up with, “I should not have, they are extremely racist. I apologize to all Americans, regardless of race, that I offeneded,” but that isn’t necessary. We live in a free country, and if Bennett wants to be a racist prick, he can be. But he should have the courage to own up to what he said.