ZZ Packer

Novelist ZZ Packer is the author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, a collection of short stories, and a recent Guggenheim fellowship recipient.

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Sorry, Not Buying

Not long ago, William Bennett -- former education secretary, self-styled moralist, and gambler -- philosophized, “If you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.” A few beats later Bennett reminded himself and his radio audience that such a crime-fighting method might be “morally reprehensible.” For me and other blacks, hearing Bennett uphold his racist “blacks = crime” premise was unbearable, and hearing him discuss black genocide in the language of tactical options was otherworldly -- a little like interviewing a slew of baby-sitters and having one announce, unbidden, that he would never think of throwing your infant around like a football.