I am fascinated by John Edwards' comment about young African-American males, as reported by Jim Geraghty of NRO:
Asked about what he could do about "inner-city kids partaking in violence" at the MTV/MySpace Forum yesterday, Democratic candidate John Edwards offered an apocalyptic prediction for young black males:
“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.”
Jim G. goes on to explain that, based on official statistics, there are roughly four times as many young African-American males in college as in prison. Maybe we can't build colleges fast enough!
But why might Edwards' comment be construed as racist? It seems like only yesterday that Bill O'Reilly was being thumped for his insensitivity in describing Sylvia's, a famous restaurant in Harlem, as being quite normal. Surely a fellow who believes that most young black men are in prison (or dead) is guilty of a comparable insensitivity.