“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.”
Edwards also said, according to the MTV/MySpace site that building prison won't deter crime.
This proves two things- one that we have sunk low indeed if a serious Presidential candidate can utter fallacies like this and two, that our media have completely abrogated any claim to both objectivity and professionalism if they are willing to let him get away with such comments.
There is much wrong with both of these statements. Firstly, building prisons does indeed deter at least some folks from committing cirmes- especially if we as a society were more willing to hold these folks up to the ridicule they richly deserve. Sheriff Joe Arpaiao has the right idea in making his inmates wear pink.
Secondly, and more importantly, Edwards' comments show both a complete lack of respect for young black Americans and a willingness to engage in racial hyperbole without any real knowledge of the facts. Much like his 'Two Americas' rhetoric, this simply exposes Edwards as the limousine liberal he is- an empty suit that has made his money on the back of ordinary Americans.
However, the deeper question is why the media is so willing to let people like Edwards get away with this kind of dissgusting garbage. If a Republican opened his or her mouth to utter this kind of derogatory speech, the media would hbe all over him or her, and deservedly so. This statement shows a startling lack of respect for blacks, both as inidividuals and aas a group. yet not a single media source has ciriticized Edwards thus far that I can see. Hat tip to NRO Online