Sunday, October 02, 2005
Racists of the World Unite!!
Let me be clear on two subjects before this post begins on my selected topic for today:
1.) I personally live in a color-blind society meaning I am not "the man" trying to keep someone down nor do I need Affirmative Action programs to tell me to treat all humans equally.
2.) I am a pro-life libertarian (no, not a contradiction in terms) opposed to the abortion "industry" yet do not support the creation of a police state that monitors a woman's every move.
Today's post comes from a unique combination of being at a free market conference in Thailand where I read the local Bangkok newspaper article -- "Abort Black Babies' Gaffe Draws Flak" which was originally published by Reuters (Washington ) pertaining to the former US Secretary of Education and author of "The Book of Virtues" , Bill Bennett.
During his radio talk show on Wednesday, September 28th, Mr. Bennett stated -- "But I do know that it's true that it 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."
Well, as my favorite sportscaster Keith Jackson - http://www.answers.com/topic/Keith-Jackson - says, "whoa Nellie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Nothing like starting a race war in America's streets and TV talk shows Mr. Bennett. When I first read this news report I immediately thought of my first trip to Asia in 1988 when I toured Taiwan. I purchased a tube of the local toothpaste called "Darkie" complete with a very derogatory sambo/blackface caricature on the packaging which was extremely racist of course. I can offer an update that years later the "Darkie" name was changed to the less offensive name I guess of "Darlie". Wow, what a comfort to see that racism is so universally accepted and timeless in its appeal (NOTE -insert heavy sarcastic sign here).
What I found most interesting in this article is who was quoted attacking Mr. Bennett's comments, namely US Senator Frank Lautenberg (Democrat - New Jersey). Stay with me here as a connect some dots for you by providing a history lesson on the abortion movement. As one of the leading advocates of abortion rights Planned Parenthood applauded Senator Lautenberg's legislative initiatives via his co-sponsorship of the "REAL Act" - http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2/portal/media/pressreleases - stating the following (this is an excerpt - see weblink for details), "President Bush has just released a budget that raises funding for dangerous abstinence-only programs by nearly 25 percent," added Pearl.. That's why the REAL Act is so important today."
This is the same Planned parenthood whose founder, Margaret Sanger, has been at times described as a -- white supremacist, anti-Semite, eugenicist -- according to Planned Parenthood's official history on their website where they address and refute these conclusions at -- http://www.plannedparenthood.org
Whether Ms. Sanger's comments were completely taken out of context or whether the quotes attributed to her were completely fabricated as Planned Parenthood suggests I do not know. However, I would encourage readers to consider other sources regarding Ms. Sanger's world view (or at least the people she chose to surround herself with including Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger's American Birth Control League) including Black Genocide's website -- http://blackgenocide.org/sanger.html (NOTE -- Black Genocide is a project of -- LEARN which was officially established in 1993 at the African American Pro-Life Planning Conference in Houston, Texas. One of the primary goals of LEARN is to facilitate a strong and viable network of African American and minority pro-life/pro-family advocates).
In response to Planned Parenthood's explanation of Ms. Sanger's and her colleagues' alleged racist quotes Black Genocide offers this evidence on their website: "While Planned Parenthood's current apologists try to place some distance between the eugenics and birth control movements, history definitively says otherwise. The eugenic theme figured prominently in the Birth Control Review, which Sanger founded in 1917. She published such articles as "Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics" (June 1920), "The Eugenic Conscience" (February 1921), "The purpose of Eugenics" (December 1924), "Birth Control and Positive Eugenics" (July 1925), "Birth Control: The True Eugenics" (August 1928), and many others."
Perhaps Mr. Bennett's next book following his "Book of Virtues" should be a biography of Margaret Sanger so he can clarify this history of abortion policy for all of us.
Hopefully the USA will come to grips with skin color one day -- in the meantime I am off to watch Chris Rock's show!!