Bill Bennett raises brows

When did personal attacks become the weapon of choice for black pendants, and since when are people’s personal “sensitivities” taken into consideration when deciding if a particular statement is valid?

On Bill Bennett’s television show Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, a person called in and made the claim that the loss of revenue that would have been created during the lifetimes of children who were abort was a good case against abortion.

Bennett expressed his concern both with extensive extrapolative arguments and a “means justify the ends all morality aside” approach to dealing with an issue like abortion by making the following statement.

“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, far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are tricky.” This statement means that Bennett is a racist and therefore everything he says is to be disqualified and Bennett should be kicked off the air.

At least that is the conclusion many in the black community and their advocates have reached.

Bennett did not say all black babies should be aborted.

He said that such an act would be morally reprehensible.

At the same time Bennett warned against such lines of reasoning that if applied universally could lead to such an event occurring.

What Bennett did imply is that all other things held equal, getting rid of all blacks would lower the crime rate.

This has never been up for debate. The reasons for blacks being responsible for such a disproportionate amount of the crime rate is disputed, but not the actual fact that blacks raise the crime rate.

The same can be sad of the poor, the uneducated or certain ethic groups.

How can a culture be taken seriously when stating a true fact invites personal attacks as a matter of course?

Black people are so sensitive about “racial issues” that the veracity of a statement doesn’t even matter.

If it mentions black people, the attack dogs must be sent out.

The black culture cannot be taken seriously as full members of the intellectual community when they refuse to allow any type of academic debate involving race to occur without resorting to personal character attacks?

Serious minded thinkers do not attack the character of the person they have a disagreement with.

They accept that even a racist can still make a good point and rest in the knowledge that once they refute the argument the character and reasonings of the people who would put forth such an argument will be plain for all to see. 

Daniel Watkins is a graduating Computer Information Systems student from Hephzibah, GA. She can be reached at