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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Bennett's mistake

Bill Bennett made a serious blunder when he said the following, no matter how true it is, or how much he despises the idea:

"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.

"That would be an impossibly ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down."

Bill Bennett should have said "abort every male baby." In one way, it would make a stronger argument. While blacks are more disproportionately represented in the justice system (47.4% of prisoners, according to this report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, compared to 12.3% of the population), the percentage of males in the justice system (93.5% of prisoners, for slightly under 50% of the population) is considerably higher. The impact of eliminating 93.5% of the most violent criminals would make a bold and ridiculous point.

More importantly, no one cares about men. No one cares if you stereotype men as more concerned about their fishing boat than their family. No one cares if you say men never stop to ask directions. Are in a perpetual state of childhood. Don't understand feelings.

And no one cares about how men are disproportionately represented in the justice system. Never have, never will.


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