Sunday, October 09, 2005

Bull-Headed Bennett Simply Refuses To Get It

Yahoo has an online article that former Education Secretary William Bennett still does not understand the problem with his recent comments.

He is currently blaming the media for blowing his words out of context.  I still believe that his words were not taken out of context.

The article includes the following:

Bennett's comment on his show, "Morning in America," came in response to a caller's question regarding a recent book that suggested an increase in the abortion rate has helped reduce the crime rate.

Bennett said: "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."

Bennett, who is an abortion opponent, went on to say that such abortions 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."

Basically, Bennett is failing to empathize with people who were offended with his remarks in spite of his supposedly well-intentioned meaning and radio show.

He really needs to fall on his own sword and apologize not for his meaning, but how the words were received.  This is what has been reported.

There is still no way that he can claim his words should be interpreted differently when he included the phrase "but your crime rate would go down" within his comments.

This phrase fully removed the benefit of the doubt regardless of what he meant to say or be understood as saying.

Since his line of thinking and discourse is often repeated through his political party, the patriarchal thinking of "we know what is best for you" will not sudden end or diminish anytime soon.

This is why short-term appointments, pork, and other attempts to gain minority votes continually fail when it is clear to generations that our feelings, sentiments, and words continually fall upon deaf ears.

Apologize for the reception of your words Mr. Bennett or remain in the corner for the rest of American history.

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