"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…"
"…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."
"…I was putting forward a bad argument in order to put it down," Bennett said, drawing sustained applause from nearly 4,500 people attending the Bakersfield Business Conference. "They reported and emphasized only the abhorrent argument, not my shooting it down."-- Bennett Blames Media for Stir Over Remarks AP 9/9/05
Due to the disproportionate numbers of African Americans arrested on false pretenses, if you “wanted to reduce crime, if that were your sole purpose,” you could abort every racist cop baby in America, “and your crime rate would go down, an impossible, ridiculous…” etc. etc.
Before the speech, local black leaders met with Bennett for an hour.
"He heard our outrage and our hurt, but he didn't say he was sorry," said Irma Carson, a Bakersfield councilwoman. "We didn't take (his comment) out of context, because there's no context in which those comments would fit."-- Bennet Blames Media
Irma Carson, that’s the emmes!