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Still defending Bennett's racist remarks on Grapevine

Reported by Chrish - October 5, 2005

Brit Hume used his gossipy Grapevine segment yesterday 10/04/05 to suggest that Bill Bennett's comments last week were being taken out of context by detractors. Ed Schultz, said Hume, said Bennett was calling for the murder of all black babies. DNC Chairman Howard Dean said the remarks were hateful and inflammatory, and Senator ted Kennedy called Bennett racist. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said his group would deal with what he called "proposed genocide".

In response to a caller who suggested that "lost revenue from the people who have been aborted in the last 30 years" would have saved Social Security's solvency, Bennett said " ...I would not argue for the pro-life position based on this, because you don't know. I mean, it cuts both — you know, one of the arguments in this book Freakonomics that they make is that the declining crime rate, you know, they deal with this hypothesis, that one of the reasons crime is down is that abortion is up. Well -

"CALLER: Well, I don't think that statistic is accurate.

"BENNETT: Well, I don't think it is either, I don't think it is either, because first of all, there is just too much that you don't know. 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 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."

Comment: Most people understand, Ed Schulz and Louis Farrakhan apparently excluded, that Bennett was not and would not call for terminating all black pregnancies. The fact remains that he did equate black people specifically and singularly with the crime rate in this country. It was an offensive and racist remark because he singled out a race of people and attributed anti-social behavior to them, pretty much the definition of racism.
Media Matters has an article debunking Bennett's use of Freakonomics to bolster his racist position.

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