Friday, September 30, 2005

Shameful Attacks on William J. Bennett

I was deeply disappointed that the White House jumped on the P.C. bandwagon and criticized Bill Bennett today, apparently without ever having checked out what he actually said. Instead the administration seems to have reacted to drummed-up, out-of-context reports from the media and the left.

Andrew McCarthy at National Review Online weighs in above.

Bennett's own statement is available here.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Inquisitor said...

I agree with your viewpoint, which, unfortunately, seems to be in the minority.

The gentlemen may be right from the scientific point of view given the right amount of data and the employment of the correct analytical methods.

What we ought to concern ourselves with is the general socio-economic circumstances that might have led to such a correlation being true and seek to eradicate them.

These remarks, in themselves, are not ‘racist’ but indicative of the racism and class deprivation that might render the correlation true.

His failure to extrapolate the abortion of fetuses is also indicative of the psychological undercurrents of american society. People are products of systems. It is the system that requires lynching.

btw. why are americans always complaining about the pits they fall into and never think about the machinery that creates them? A highly adolescent phenomena these americans. 'Adolescent', as in being an illustration of the traits that are supposed to characteristic of children and adolescents - egocentric, ethnocentric, not entirely capable of appreciating the various forms of interrelationships and taking correlations as cause-effect, etc. A hallmark of the Juvenile State of America lies in its inability to discuss just about anything unless it is related to american interests or purely from an american perspective. That's another one - low in empathy. Well, most of them anyway.

11:07 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for your thoughts.

I've been amazed by the media's deliberate distortions with headlines such as "Bennett Advocates Genocide." Nothing could be further from the truth, and they know it. He said it would be morally reprehensible.

I think you make a good point, how much better it would be if people could instead turn their energy toward addressing the circumstances that may cause the crime statistics he cited to be true. I don't agree with the proposition that ongoing racism is a factor in the crime rate, but there are definitely factors that could be addressed that would have a positive impact, such as the lack of fathers in a significant number of black families.

8:43 AM  

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