Mapping The Unmentionable: Race and Crime

Steve Sailer,, Feb. 13

In the climactic final scene of Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine, the highest grossing documentary before Moore’s own Fahrenheit 9/11, the rotund one stalks Charlton Heston, the elderly president of the National Rifle Association, to his lair, and asks him:

Moore: But you don’t have any opinion as to why we’re the unique country, the only country that does this? That kills each other t this level with guns.


Heston: Well, we have, probably a more mixed ethnicity, than other countries, some other countries.

Moore pounces on Heston’s shocking faux pas:



Moore: . . . So you think it’s an ethnic thing?


Sensing his gaffe, Heston paddles desperately upstream:

Heston: Well, I don’t think it’s—I wouldn’t go as far as to say that. We had enough problems with civil rights in the beginning.


For mentioning ethnicity’s connection to crime, Heston was trashed in the press as a racist. However, his announcement that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s led many critics to recommend pity rather than censure—he must have been senile to say such a horrible thing.


Yet everybody knows Heston was telling the truth.


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