Abortion as a form of genocide on the African American community?
Are you out of the ever lovin' mind?
As we near the middle of Black History Month, I'm noticing the overall concern about black women and our reproductive choices is on the rise.
I'm highly skeptical that the pro-life forces in this country are now concerned about the fertility, health & welfare of black women.
All to guard unborn future black leaders.
Frankly, I'm not buying it.
I'm not buying that the rash of billboards that popped up on the south side last year were done out of genuine concern.
I’m not buying that Planned Parenthood is in the business of “targeting” any minorities---especially blacks.
And you know what else?
I find that some pro-life organizations harping on Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger’s eugenics beliefs is like the pot calling the kettle black.
While Sanger was a proponent of eugenics, the pro-life movement has been fond of quoting a 1939 reference to her Harlem project to bolster their claims of the alleged genocide on the black community.
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
What isn’t said is that the full quote “doesn’t reflect the fact that Sanger recognized elements within the black community might mistakenly associate the Harlem Project with racist sterilization campaigns in the Jim Crow south, unless clergy and other community leaders spread the word that the Project had a humanitarian aim. “
It is a desperate tactic for a movement seeking to gain momentum in the black community while at the same time barely disavowing the white supremacists that have been present within their ranks for years.
Almost 40 years of vocally and passionately trying to overturn Roe v. Wade and now pro-lifers are suddenly concerned about the black community?
I ain’t buying it. Not for one second.
No matter how many manufactured bogeymen this movement can produce, their motives methods and allies are suspect. You can put up as many ads and billboards as you’d like; I’d suspect that the conversation concerning black women’s reproductive choices will remain exactly where it should be.
Between her and her doctor.