"Fear of a Black Planet" was one of my favorite Public Enemy CDs. It was filled with angst and outrage - supported by wonderful backbeats and riffs. It was the music that flowed throughout the mostly-unintelligible lyrics that I enjoyed - not the message.
But the title speaks volumes - Are we afraid of a planet populated by blacks?
Back in 1999, a study by a Stanford University law professor and a University of Chicago economist came to the conclusion that legalizing abortion in the 1970s may have been a leading cause of plummeting crime rates in the 1990s.
The unpublished research, conducted by Stanford's John Donohue III and Chicago's Stephen Levittand and titled "Legalized Abortion and Crime," relies heavily on previous research suggesting that unwanted children are more likely to commit crimes. It suggests that those most likely to commit crimes as young adults -- unwanted children of poor, minority or teenage mothers -- were aborted at disproportionate rates more than two decades ago. The study was reviewed and supported by Anindya Sen at the University of Waterloo.
Time Grieve at Salon misses the point of the paper. Many experts agree that the drop in crime was impacted by legalizing abortion but, abortion is only a trivial part of that. Other factors weren't included in the original study.
The point is that kids who grow up in single parent homes get messed up! This site gives ample evidence of the extent to which our children have been abandoned and put at risk for future problems (ie. drug abuse, crime, poverty). Many of these homes are fatherless. When 60 percent of all children who are born out of wedlock are black - who do you think is being impacted the most? Black families.
But we all pay a price for the scourge of single-motherhood. Many women in the black community choose to have more than one child out of wedlock. When that happens the children grow up in an environment of chaos, crisis, poor boundaries, abuse and abandonment. These seemingly subtle external factors have a HUGE impact on how the child will be when he/she gets older. Being poor or rich aren't factors in this either. A poor child can be emotionally healthier than a rich child. John Bradshaw covered these issues at length in his book "On the Family."
So, for Salon.com to go after Bill Bennett about his comment is wrong. Bennett was just echoing a truism that is getting more and more difficult to hear these days with our "PC" sensitivities. The black community has major issues and no leadership to tackle them. The rest of us can see how screwed up the situation is but we get called "racist" for even mentioning it.
We need to deal with these issues and not lock them in an ivory tower. To do so would be disasterous.