Edwards Infers Young Black Men are Criminals

by Ryan on September 28, 2007

in Culture,Election 2008,Politics

In my own personal experience, I have met people, including many liberals, that have said the most racist things.  The recent debate on illegal immigration is an example of this latent racist idea of accepting and keeping an economic underclass happily doing America’s nasty jobs.  Does this and more overt kinds of racism come from anger, from a sense of superiority, or from stupidity and ignorance?  While I can’t see into people’s hearts, I can hear John Edwards’ own mouth on his perception of the plight of America’s young inner-city black population. 

On an MTV/Myspace forum last night, Edwards spouted this gem about how to stop inner-city kids from engaging in violence:

“We start with the President of the United States saying to America, ‘we cannot build enough prisons to solve this problem. And the idea that we can keep incarcerating and keep incarcerating — pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.’”

John Edwards was assuming quite a bit with this statement:  that young blacks are criminals, that more of them will be criminals in the future, and the only way to solve the problem is through our government.  He was probably exaggerating to make a point, though I can’t see into his heart.  Bad move either way.  Bad solution too, considering that since 1964 big government has redistributed through taxes at least 3.5 trillion dollars from  the wealthy to help the poor– it might be time to admit that the “War on Poverty” has been a miserable failure, redeploy, and cut-and-run out of there.  Most of these programs were to help the impoverished inner-city minorities.  Yet, after all this time and money, the poverty rate in the inner-city has changed little in 40 years. 

Yet, Edward’s sentiment on blacks and black crime is not even true, not will it ever be true in this country, and to suggest it with a straight face in front of a serious audience is horrible in my opinion, even if it was exaggerating to make a point (that aside, MTV did delve into Mr. Clinton’s underwear preferences once– so much for the venue).  Luckily, he’s not a serious candidate anyway.  This kind of race-baiting hyperbole is symptomatic of what’s poisoning our political discourse while preying on the fears of others.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

wickle September 28, 2007 at 6:46 pm

Maybe it was a “botched joke,” do you reckon?


Mike September 28, 2007 at 6:59 pm

You beat me to it Ryan. On its face, Edwards made quite a racist statement. I don’t think he is a racist though. I think he was trying to pander and the words came out wrong. Granted, that isn’t much better.

Either way you interpret this statement, this Edwards is quite a loathsome human being. He used to feed junk science to gullible juries to line his pockets, which caused doctors to perform more c-sections than necessary, raising health care costs for everyone. He promised the permanently disabled that they will be healed if he is elected. If Democrat icon Bob Shrum is to believed, he even exploits his son’s tragic death to further his own ambition. It’s no wonder even his neighbors can’t stand him.

Of the three frontrunners, I hope the Dems pick Obama. Although he is as wrong as often as the other Dems, I at least get the impression that he doesn’t have a rotten soul. That said, I stand by my long-held view that their nomination is She Who Must Not Be Named’s for the taking.


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