Not a white person in here would trade places with me because I'm black...and, I'm rich.
"We will not sterilize the race and wait for them to die. Dead men don't hump. Dead women don't get pregnant. Death is the most reliable form of sterilization. Put it that way."
-Reinhard Heydrich, "The Butcher of Prague"
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
-Gospel of Mark
Whenever Satan is at work in the world, people's lives aren't safe. One of the things we must protect from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death is the life of people.
-Television Evangelist Pat Robertson
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. 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.
-William Bennett (speaking on his radio show)
Bill Bennett made racist statements. Let's just establish this fact up front. Racists are as much a part of the American landscape as genital herpes, bleeding hemorrhoids and malignant melanoma. We'll always have racists with us.
At least we know where Bennett stands on this issue. With race-- or so I have found--it's always better to know. Off and on, I spent about four years working at Burger King. I remember the first time I was called 'nig--er.' An eldery white man told the Hostess (Rita was her name) that he didn't want no 'nig--er' touching his Junior Whopper. (And this was in Los Angeles.) That was the first of many...I was so happy when I no longer had to work in customer service positions because I grew tired of people calling me names or assuming I was the 'porter.' Now, at 46, I just prefer it 'straight, no chaser.' Why should one have to subvert their racist tendencies when they can be deliciously up-front?
The larger issues, regarding Mr. Bennett's comments, are the Apologists. The, "...but-it-was-taken-out-of-context, what he really meant was "X." They are the closet racists...the dollar-store brand of prejudiced middle class folk who wouldn't dare utter the "N" word in polite company, but would commit hari-kari and curse like Tennesse Williams if they caught their daughter in the back seat swapping tongues with Tyrone.
It's funny how no one came to Kanye West's defense...I just saw him vilified. Where were the Apologist then?
If you, for one moment, entertained a fleeting thought that there is latent truth in what Bennett said, you are a racist. Accept it. And, if you're a church-going. 700-club watching, Jesus-loving Christian, you should be deeply ashamed if you thought even a kernel of truth existed in Bennett's comments. The scriptures are clear: "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks."
(Wait a minute, Jesus. my remarks were taking out of context. I really didn't meat that.)
What Bennett said cannot be justified theologically, morally, socially or practically. He linked the murder of black babies to a decrease in crime. Only a racist or a despot would deliver such a remark.
But, that is Mr. Bennett's opinion and he's entitled to it-- however if you're 'cutting' for him, you are a part of the problem. The apologists, to borrow a phrase from POTUS, represent the true 'axis of evil.'
Aborting all Black Babies.
I do have questions for Mr. Bennett about how this would work as a practical matter. First, what happens to those of mixed race:
Black Dad/White Mom
Black Mom/White Dad
Or, what if the mix is of a different ilk:
And, if you're already a person of mixed race (black and white) and you father a child, what happen to that child? Is it scheduled for abortion or not? First generation mixed-- with both parents of mixed race...what would happen to the child?
Does the abortion mandate apply for only U.S. born blacks.? Let's say that both parents are black, but one is a citizen of another country (Jamaica, for example.) What happens to that child? Or, what if you're an immigrant from sub-Saharan Africa and your wife has a baby while your awaiting your Citizenship status hearing? Is that baby aborted, or does it get to live because the parents are foreign-born?
If the parents--both U.S. born Blacks-- go across the border to Canada for the term of the pregnancy and delivery of the baby, then returns to the U.S. to raise the child, will the child get to live or will it be subjected to some special 'ad hoc' elimination provision.
Will Bennett's ideas make abortion a cottage industry in the U.S.? Will abortion clinics start popping up like those emergency care clinics in strip malls?
Who, then, will assume the cost of these abortions? Are they funded at the Federal, State, or Municipal level. Will they be a part of Health, Education and Welfare, Homeland Security or Treasury? If a Mom fails to appear for a scheduled abortion, is a warrant issued for her arrest...or is the warrant issued in the names of both parents? What if a white family agrees to adopt the baby? Can the abortion decree be lifted if this happens?
And, what about those who protest at Abortion Clinics? Would they still be allowed to do so since the abortions are no longer the choice of private citizens? Would the protestors now be subject to components of the Patriot Act?
Clearly, a rule can't be established for every scenario, but without a legal and legislative framework for aborting black babies, the actions become genocide--or, infanticide. And, people face international tribunals in The Hague for such actions.
It is tragic for our Nation-- that in year of our Lord 2005 and the independence of the United States, two hundred thirtieth-- a self-described, 'so-called' Moralist and Philosopher, a former public servant of the people, can link the murder of unborn U.S. citizens to a reduction in crime. And, to a greater expanse of wonderment, find people who'll 'explain it away' for him.
For those who embrace "Eschatology," Bennett's comments represent the spirit of "anti-Christ," or false Messiah.The guy for whom Christianity is named said this, " I am come that you might have life." It would seem that those who promulgate the antithetical position to life-- as an abstract view toward bettering society through crime reduction-- are opposed to the teachings of Gospel and the message of Jesus of Nazareth. I'd be especially cautious of aligning myself with such nonsense--even through passivity.
I'm waiting to see whether (or if) the Anglo Christian community condemn Bennett's remarks. We'll see what Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch, Kenneth Copeland and the rest of that crew has to say. I guess, if things hold true to form, most Christians are just too busy with their church building programs, Saturday night latte services, choir rehearsals, protesting Halloween and figuring out who'll play baby Jesus in the Christmas pageant to concern themselves with the fate of children who happen to be Black.