Friday, September 30, 2005

William J. Bennett - Racist or Idiot?

""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," Mr. Bennettsaid in the broadcast. "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.""

Tricky? Read about it here.

Apparently he was tring to debunk or at least criticize one of the conclusions of Steven J. Dubner's Freakonomics, which I think are deemed by many to be quite dubious. However, the way in which he did so seems to betray what might generously be called latent racism.

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