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Tuesday, October 04, 2005


"If you wanted to reduce crime, you could abort every black baby..."

No, these are not the words of conservative wingnut bloggers. They are the words of Bill Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, later the nation's drug czar.

I did not see anything about this on local blogs and was unaware of the comment until a friend pointed them out Saturday night.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson carefully explains the context in which Bennett said this, and dismisses racist motivations on the part of Bennett. But he then explores why such a statement could be made at all as a matter of residual racial baggage that is covered over by an insincere conservative political correctness.

Prof. Schaff over at SDP makes absolute misstatements about Gene Robinson's column on this. Anyone who wants a correct and accurate version of what Robinson's point is and what he says needs to read it for themselves. Even though a link is provided, the wingnut contingent depends upon people taking their word for what is actually said.
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