10.01.2005

Moving Day

Hey friends,
Too much on my mind to write much about anything serious. I've lived in the South Bay area, near the beautiful Redondo and Manhattan beaches, for this last period of time. Today, I'm off to the San Fernando Valley. Yes, where all the fires are :( But, it's also where some of my closest friends live :)

Just one thought on my mind: Bill Bennett. I listened to the entire call. I do believe that many are taking the quote out of context. I do not believe that Bennett is racist. I believe that there is a double-standard for conservatives and liberals. But, I also believe that both sides can be very defensive of their people in times when a simply apology and clarification is in order.

I would write more but my movers will be here soon!

Have a great weekend everyone!

10 Comments:

At 10/01/2005 04:39:00 PM, Anonymous Jets said...

There really is a double standard enforced by the liberals and it's something that the conservatives have to be aware of since it will bite them in the butt everytime. How many things have Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc said that were outright racist, anti-semitic, etc and yet are quickly forgiven and if you complain then you're racist.

With that said, I agree that Bennett wasn't being racist but he wasn't thinking either since he has to know that there are people out there just looking to attack conservatives for any perceived wrong and those people have the MSM to support them.

Good luck with the move.

 
At 10/01/2005 08:49:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Seems to me that Bennett could have left the word, "black" out of the comment entirely and would have still made the point. Whatever his intentions, the use of that one word made the whole comment more than just an unfortunate choice of words.

 
At 10/02/2005 12:37:00 AM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

In his position, unfortunately, Bennett needs to be more careful. It's true of everyone who is in the public eye; you are under a microscope of scrutiny. Anything you say can and will be used against you by the opposing forces.

I posted about this, which is related but not the same exact situation as Bill Bennett's; but the bottomline is that people are overly sensitive and just need to chill. And quit reading so much into things. I don't look at Bennett or Blitzer as racist based upon Bennett's out-of-context choice of words and Blitzer's mispeak.

Enjoy your move. I have a friend who lives in Chatsworth, and fortunately his home and family are alright.

Perhaps one day we will meet, Lores.

 
At 10/02/2005 04:04:00 AM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Bill's a big boy. He will handle this whole thing just fine. His past shows him NOT to be a racist, and he is strongly pro-life. By saying what he did, many took it to mean that he thinks criminality is in a black person's genes. He doesn't think that, and should apologize that his words caused such a hullaballoo.

 
At 10/02/2005 05:01:00 AM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

Jamie,

I think you're right. I don't believe that Bennett is a racist. But in his clarifications of what he said, he is stuck on the academic and statistical nature of what he was talking about. He still hasn't acknowledged that he doesn't believe that criminality is, as you said, in a black person's genes. He unnecessarily turned a socio-economic issue into a racial issue, perhaps unwittingly. So I think his statement was racist, but I don't believe that he's a racist person. He treats red and black playing cards equally. :-)

Lores, I hope you have a smooth move.

 
At 10/02/2005 05:07:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

I've been a long-time Bennett fan, but he should have shut his damn mouth........There are some things that just can't be said. --> And shouldn't even be thought.

I don't think he's a racist.....Just someone who didn't think before he spoke.......And it's gonna cost him dearly.

 
At 10/02/2005 05:48:00 AM, Blogger The Game said...

He wasn't even making the point, he was talking about a book...trying to explain how stupid reasons to have abortions are:

listen to what he actually said:

http://bennettmornings.com/pg/jsp/charts/streamingAudioMaster.jsp?dispid=303&headerDest=/site/preview?pid=31025

There is a double standeard:
Rangel can say Bush is a racist with nothing to back it up, but when Bennett says the word black it is a front page story for 2 days

 
At 10/02/2005 03:44:00 PM, Blogger William said...

I think that Bennett is making blacks and crime equivalent. That is racist. I don't agree with a lot of things that Jackson, Sharpton, etc. have to say about blacks and other communities. The comment is extremely offensive especially his attempts to explain. I sensed no remorse in his self-induced explanation; therefore, I don't want to him to be forced to apologize because that does really amount to anything.

 
At 10/02/2005 04:18:00 PM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

Game,

I don't deny that there's a double standard to a degree, but it doesn't only apply to this issue. Think about all of the derogatory stuff said about the French in recent years. If you replace the word "French" with the word "Jews", that type of dialogue would be considered completely unacceptable. None of us live in a glass house.

 
At 10/02/2005 06:08:00 PM, Blogger William said...

Let me be clear. I do not think that it is Mr. Bennett's desire to defame the AA community. In that, he's not a racist, so I do apologize for that comment on my web log. But, I will say that his comment in context or out of context is insensitive and deserving of an apology.

 

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