Bill Bennett: Aborting Black Babies Would Reduce Crime Rate

“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 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.”

Bill Bennett, gamble-holic, buffoon and former GOP Education Secretary

The president believes the comments were not appropriate.

— White House press secretary Scott McClellan, regarding Bennett’s inherently and undeniably racist statement

Attention African-American Republicans:

“Bill Bennett wasn’t saying that we should abort all black babies. Only a monster would even suggest such a thing. He was simply pointing out the obvious fact that black people are inherently criminal. He’s not some sort of racist that approves of abortions, he’s a racist who hates abortion. Big difference.

— The Elephant in the Room, The Talent Show

72 Comments

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  • Mikael Habte
    September 29, 2005 - 8:15 am | Permalink

    That’s quite a thought process.
    Genocide is the first thought for lowering crime? Mass murder to reduce crime?

    And just the fact that the child’s pigmentation isn’t pink is an automatic indication of a child’s prevalence towards crime? Why let the kid live? Why not just throw him in the slammer as soon as he’s born? Better yet, why not just kill him?

    Wow.

  • da man
    September 29, 2005 - 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Well hell he is right in a way. Like racial profiling doesnt work. Uh yeah it does. and if there were less blacks in the country the crime rate would go down alot.

  • Kaipha Brown
    September 29, 2005 - 8:30 pm | Permalink

    So then we engage in more crimes to lower crimes. Makes a lot of sense to use crime to lower crimes! And to think that this comes from a former GOP Education Secretary. Well let’s hear what the GOP has to say on this one.

  • c. mays
    September 29, 2005 - 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Why stop there. We could eliminate all rapes by aborting all male fetuses.

  • Rufus Washington
    September 30, 2005 - 5:43 am | Permalink

    Numbers don’t lie, Take a statistics class. Just because white America is afraid to be politically incorrect does not change the facts. Murder, rape, robbery, drug related crimes, etc… are all black dominated events just basketball. I’m not saying its ok to kill them but quit giving them excuses to behave poorly. They (the blacks) are so filled with a since entitlement that they will forever be the beneficiaries of government social programs such as welfare and food stamps. I challenge black America to stand up and fend for yourself, pay your own way and quit blaming the white man for keeping you down, you do that to yourself.

  • Tyrone likaboboday
    September 30, 2005 - 6:32 am | Permalink

    I most certainly agree with Mr. Washington. We should abolish the falsely elevating social programs that he mentioned. In my humble opinion we should not try to make up for a lack of evolution in the blacks. Given an additional 2000 years the may catch up both intellectually and ethically. Until we are on a truly level intellectual playing field we must assume our rightful dominant place and quit making excuses for the inept, incompetent, and ungrateful slackers of this great nation.

  • September 30, 2005 - 6:41 am | Permalink

    The numbers/stats are based on a racist system.
    To all those who overcome and don’t succumb to its trappings, I applaud you.

  • September 30, 2005 - 6:43 am | Permalink

    I am black and would never want to be any other color in a million lifetimes. I have not committed any crimes nor have I ever been on government assistance. To all of you “fools” who think crime is the color black. You better check your own history, killing the Indians and hanging Black men because you are intimidated by their mere presence. The majority of government assistance receipents are white. Obviously you do not READ or never stepped foot inside a library.

    I AM BLACK AND I AM PROUD IN 2005

  • Dan
    September 30, 2005 - 7:22 am | Permalink

    Classic leftist tactic. Why not post the whole speech or at least a link to it? Probably because then your tactic would backfire. And for you Miss Brown, look at the percentage of blacks on welfare as compared to whites.

  • Tom Anderson
    September 30, 2005 - 7:25 am | Permalink

    When you say that the stats are based on a raciest system you are sorely mistaken. Math is math, you would know this had you earned your diplomas and degrees instead of having them handed to you under the affirmative action umbrella. The above comments are glowing testimonials to the general negro since of entitlement. I DON’T OWE YOU ANYTHING!!! Put down the dope, get of the couch, get a job and stop blaming my people for the plight you put yourselves through. You people were bread to work, where did that go? After the war of northern aggression you decided that the US owed you something? Freedom…nothing more. Keep in mind who sold you into slavery, your African brothers. Who is better off now?

    I AM WHITE AND PROUD (is white pride racist to you? negro pride certainly is not)

  • Paulette Martin
    September 30, 2005 - 7:26 am | Permalink

    It truly saddens me to see that in 2005 that this country still believes that on race dominates another better yet that they believe everything they hear without reading or doing the research for themselves. I challenge blacks and whites alike to read and do some research before you open your mouth and embarrass your self. What is reported in this country is so lopsided that it forces you to believe one thing verses the other depending on which side of the fence you are on. It should be about the facts not myth. If you read you would find that blacks continue to face unfair challenges in areas of homeownership (interest rates), job selections and education. These are the same areas in which you continue to judge them. If you were unable to live in an area where you could receive a good education in order to land a good job…. you are then at a disadvantage. I am not saying that it is not up to blacks to make there on way. (by the way the majority of them are not receiving social services those are the ones you choose to see) However it is evident that if any one believes that blacks are beneath them; if you had to decide to offer them a position you would most likely deny them the opportunity, which then perpetuates the cycle. Think about it

  • Jabar X
    September 30, 2005 - 7:35 am | Permalink

    Kill Kill Kill da wite man, kill him untill he is dead dead dead.

    WORD X

  • tom
    September 30, 2005 - 7:39 am | Permalink

    When you say that the stats are based on a raciest system you are sorely mistaken. Math is math, you would know this had you earned your diplomas and degrees instead of having them handed to you under the affirmative action umbrella. The above comments are glowing testimonials to the general negro since of entitlement. I DON’T OWE YOU ANYTHING!!! Put down the dope, get of the couch, get a job and stop blaming my people for the plight you put yourselves through. You people were bread to work, where did that go? After the war of northern aggression you decided that the US owed you something? Freedom…nothing more. Keep in mind who sold you into slavery, your African brothers. Who is better off now?

    I AM WHITE AND PROUD (is white pride racist to you? negro pride certainly is not)

  • tom
    September 30, 2005 - 7:41 am | Permalink

    When you say that the stats are based on a raciest system you are sorely mistaken. Math is math, you would know this had you earned your diplomas and degrees instead of having them handed to you under the affirmative action umbrella. The above comments are glowing testimonials to the general n3gr0 since of entitlement. I DON’T OWE YOU ANYTHING!!! Put down the dope, get of the couch, get a job and stop blaming my people for the plight you put yourselves through. You people were bread to work, where did that go? After the war of northern aggression you decided that the US owed you something? Freedom…nothing more. Keep in mind who sold you into slavery, your African brothers. Who is better off now?

    I AM WHITE AND PROUD (is white pride racist to you? n3gr0 pride certainly is not)

  • Tousaint Fideaux
    September 30, 2005 - 7:50 am | Permalink

    Zippity-doo-daa…….zippity-day……

  • JOJO
    September 30, 2005 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    Thank god for the SICKLE-CELL!!!

  • ms. watson
    September 30, 2005 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT ELSE HE SAID IN HIS SPEECH. THE FACT THAT HE SAID THAT AT ALL, IN ANY SENSE, IS OFFENSIVE. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE HE IS A PUBLIC FIGURE. NOW, I WILL SAY THAT OUR PEOPLE DO MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF THE INCARCERATED, BUT I’M NOT QUITE SURE ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT ASSISTENCE. I’M FROM MEMPHIS, WENT TO COLLEGE IN CHATTANOOGA, AND KNOW PLENTY OF PEOPLE FROM EVERY RACE THAT NEEDED THE GOVERNMENT’S HELP FROM TIME TO TIME. THAT DOESNT MEAN THAT’S ALL THEY LIVE FOR.

  • Paulette Martin
    September 30, 2005 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    By race, 70.4 percent of all burglary arrestees were white, 27.5 percent were black, and 2.1 percent were of other races. Of those adults arrested for burglary, 69.6 percent were white, 28.5 percent were black, and 1.9 percent were of other races. Of burglary arrestees under age 18, 72.4 percent were white, 25.2 percent were black, and 2.4 were of other races. (See Table 43.) … (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius_02/html/web/offreported/02-nburglary08.html)

  • Kevin Gillespie
    September 30, 2005 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    Numbers are what they are, but they only tell part of the story. Those truly interested in enlightenment and truth will look for it beyond their on perspective and limited experiences. This really does require an unpopular level of humility — how many people are willing to admit just how ignorant (lacking in knowledge) they really are? Fortunately, ignorance is one societal disease for which there is readily a cure.

    To me, it seems that one problem with a disadvantaged people is that they may simply be inclined to accept it. This is really easy when you grow up, generation after generation being forcibly limited and told that you will never amount to anything, and that you will be bum, felon or whatever just like your father or mother.

    The interesting thing is that this mentality is not only the mentality of the disadvantaged, but of all people really. People are inclined to believe what they are repeatedly told. If a person is instilled with a belief in himself, then he will be “more” likely to succeed. There are those who are models for overcoming tremendous odds in succeeding and are inspirations for the disadvantaged. But how much easier it will be for those who have and will succeed on account of a legacy passed down to them from their parents.

    While many of the forces that previously restricted the plight of blacks are no longer there, the legacy of them are still crippling. And while they may no longer be etched in the law books, they are still often enforced by the collective psyche of our time and age (as readily reflected in the comments issued in this message board.)

    The are at least two type of disadvantaged people: those that accept it and those that reject it. Note that those that reject may in the end not be able to overcome it, but those that accept it most definitely will not.

    Instead of killing every black child as a way to reduce crime, make sure they are in an environment where they can learn another way.

    An interesting statistic would be to compare and contrast the propencity toward violence and success of both blacks and whites growing up in comparable socio-economic environments (with parents of similar educational backgrounds.)

    If there is one thing that seems consistent, it is that people are truly a product of their environments. Improve the environments, and the people will improve. Improve the people in the environments, and they will also improve the environments.

  • Amos
    September 30, 2005 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    O say can you see, by the dawns early light. How we sits by the creek waitin for the fishies to bite. We are non-workin niggas with never a care, cause the gubment sends us that lovely welfare. They sends us the money, we don’t pay it back and that’s how we drives our new Cadillac We lives in heaven, eats hour by day and don’t have to work cause white folks, they pay. Po white folks must labor from sun to sun to pay welfare taxes while we has the fun. We don’t pay no taxes, we don’t make no goods, we just raise mo’ niggas way back in the woods. We wait every month for the slips and the figures, and that’s all we do, we’s damn lucky niggas

  • andy
    September 30, 2005 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    Yeps what AMOS say.

  • andy
    September 30, 2005 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    screw cans too

  • Tory Marks
    September 30, 2005 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    Tom is white, Tom is proud, and Tom is oh so stupid

  • Paulette Martin
    September 30, 2005 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Well put Kevin. Thank you.

  • tom
    September 30, 2005 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    Digest this Ms. Martin

    Based on the FBI statistics, think of this: 2000 Census; total all black and all white population was as follows:

    Black— 34,658,190——-2,633,632 (criminals) = .75% of the Black population were criminals
    White—211,460,626——6,923,390 (criminals) = .03% of the White population were criminals

  • An Ivy League Sista From the 'Hood
    September 30, 2005 - 11:46 am | Permalink

    Damn! I am sickened by the amount of diabolical racism and utter stupidity running rampant in this country! As educator of gifted Black children, just when I thought I could ease up on my “Malcolm militance”, I see that i cannot, for there ARE white devils out there, lurking with foaming mouths, maddened by hatred and fear, waiting–anxiously waiting–to terrorize them.

    And just remember this: We are NOT going anywhere. We built this, and one day we WILL own this! Ha! Ha! Ha!

  • tom
    September 30, 2005 - 11:53 am | Permalink

    Tory Marks;

    math is math. I may have an opinion but the numbers do not. You and I differ but our calculators do not. I am proud of many things and accomplishments coincidentally my skin is white. I am certainly proud of who I am and what I have accomplished throughout my life. My lack of pigment has no bearing on how I feel about my culture or any other. In a previous statement I may have made inflammatory remarks only to “bring out the wolves” so to speak. There are some profoundly thoughtful statements such as those made by Kevin and Ms. Martin. Take a look back up this thread and then tell me what is wrong with Americans discussing differences. Clearly social bias exists in all of us weather we wish to see it in ourselves or not. I have social bias and am able to understand the numbers for what they are…calculating and cold with no bias. If I were black the numbers would not change.

    Love,
    Tom

  • tom
    September 30, 2005 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    “Ivy League Sista From the ‘Hood”

    Wow your education paid off “sista”

    But who paid for your education?

    Love,

    Tom

  • Doris Oberlander
    September 30, 2005 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    This quote was taken out of context, Bennet was responding to a book called “Freakimomics” which asserted that the crime rate has gone down because abortion has eliminated many of the black youth who would now be committing crimes. He was refuting the arguement by taking it to it’s logical end. After which he called the idea morally reprehensible. In other words he was saying the opposite. You have to read the whole context of the discussion. The discussion took place on his radio show over a hour period.

  • Pat
    September 30, 2005 - 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Quoted out of context? Devil’s advocate? Or am I just gullible?
    Yes, there is a lot of crime reported that features people designated by their color. How about the meth mom who bribed her captor to let her go this past week; they’re not going to charge her with possession? How about the KKK, aren’t they a terrorist organization, or the Minutement out of Missouri/Kansas; or how about the New Order of the Northwest…Idaho. How about the Posse Comitatus? Should not they be profiled? They may declare that they are for white people’s rights but its the undeclared actions that speak the loudest.
    I say stop trying to push people down; try to encourage and uplift…then you will see a real ratio to crime. I don’t make any excuse for a person who robs or steals; but I know that if you concentrated on catching all crooks rather than NCP, the nearest colored person, you would see the real stats.

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