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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:25 AM
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Bill Bennett: Racist
Much is being made about how Bennett "qualified" is outrageously racist statements.

However, Even his "qualifications" were racist. He associated criminality with merely BEING BLACK and never actually backed down from it. And he suggested that genocide would "solve" the "problem," albeit in an immoral way.

Basically, if you boil it down, he was saying that we whites could make ourselves safer by killing off black babies. But, we don't do that because we are just SUCH decent, moral people. In essence, he was saying we should pat ourselves on the back for not committing genocide (Good for is!) -- even though, in his view, the genocide would help us live safer.

Also, wasn't it funny how he didn't say that we could reduce crime by making sure African American kids had the same educational and vocational options as whites... or if we made sure that all poor kids (of any race) got a fair shot in this country. Why didn't he say THAT? He apparently thinks those kinds of things would not work, but killing would -- even if he doesn't recommend it.

:mad: :grr:
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:38 AM
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1. Bingo. Exactly right.
One more thing Repubs miss is that the reason there are so many more blacks in prison than whites is because we arrest, indict, and convict blacks more often than whites, give blacks harsher sentences than whites for the same crimes, and pass laws targetting black activities more than white activities (for instance, crack getting a much stiffer penalty and much more police attention than cocaine).

A couple of quick stats. Whites and blacks use drugs at the same rate (about 50% of each population), but there are four times more black people in jail for drug use than white people.

Retail security companies advise retailers to watch black customers more closely than white customers because "statistically, black people are more likely to shoplift." Yet the overwhelming majority of shoplifting is not detected. Could it be that retailers are watching the wrong people, and so they are only catching black shoplifters? Let's say you want to run a shoplifting ring. Are you going to recruit shoplifters who are the most likely or the least likely to be watched?

Cops profile stop blacks more than whites, even when "profiling" isn't an official policy.

In short, I'm not convinced the majority of crimes are committed by black criminals, as Bennett (and frankly, most people) assumes. I think blacka are convicted more often than whites. But I believe that's part of the racist legal system more than reality.
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NotThatNolan Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:08 PM
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4. Better yet...
We should just kill all babies, and then within two generations we'll have a crime rate of zero percent. It's fool-proof!
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 10:44 AM
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6. I don't know, what would we do about
mice crime, then?
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chelsea0011 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:38 AM
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2. and Bush saying the remark was "inappropriate" is a wrist slap
The remark was outragious. And if one reads the whole remark including the callers remarks, there is no question we a reading his quotes "out of context" as Bennett would have you believe.
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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:44 PM
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3. Worse than that
It's almost a wink and a nod. He had McClellan make that weak statement.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:00 PM
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7. yeah, that was totally pathetic
the link on my starting page said "bush slams bennett for remarks," which lead to a headline "bush condemns bennett for remarks," which was on a story in which McClellan said "the president thinks the remarks were inappropriate." Gee, thanks for taking a stand :eyes: :puke: :grr:
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Qibing Zero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:19 PM
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5. You're right on. Good post. nt
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