It’s a really good thing that I swore a long time ago not to judge movies based on the dumbass political views of the actors in them, because I can’t give up The Avengers, even if Mark Ruffalo is a moron.
I mean, get real. Me? Boycott anything directed by Joss Whedon? Not likely. (*cough*NERD!!!*cough*)
Anyway, Mark Ruffalo said something unintentionally ironic the other day when he was giving his little speech about abortion rights being “teh awesomez 4 feminizm!” or whatever.
There was no mistake in us making abortion legal and available on demand. That was what we call progress. Just like it was no mistake that we abolished institutional racism in this country around the same time. The easy thing to do is lay low, but then are we who we say we are? Do we actually stand for anything, if what we do stand for is under attack and we say nothing? There is nothing to be ashamed of here except to allow a radical and recessive group of people to bully and intimidate our mothers and sisters and daughters for exercising their right of choice. Or use terrorism and fanaticism to block their legal rights or take the lives of their caregivers. Or design legislation that would chip away at those rights disguised as reinforcing a woman’s health.
It was no mistake that we abolished institutional racism at the same time we legalized abortion, with it’s roots in eugenics and it’s 20th century champion in the form of the esteemed racist, Margaret Sanger?
Maybe you are right Mark, but not for the reason you think you are.
Might I direct you to some numbers on abortion in the black community Mark?
Okay, I’m going to assume you read this and you said “Why yes Meredith, please do direct me to these numbers you spoke of, this is a fascinating discussion”.
In 2000, according the CDC, 503 black women got an abortion for ever 1000 live births of the same race.
In 2000 there were 622,598 births to black mothers, while the total number of abortions in the black community was at 214,212.
That’s over 1/3 (34%) of the total of the new members of the black community and they’re just…gone.
25% of the pregnancies in the African American community were ended in abortion.
Comparatively abortions for white women totaled 10.5% (334,180) of the total of live births (over 3 million live births) for white women.
The possible population was only reduced around 9.5%
For the rest of the 2000s the percentages remain relatively consistent, in the upper 20s to mid 30s for the African American community and around 10% for the White community.
Now I admit that this could have to do with unemployment (which has spiked even more in the black community since Obama took office) or maybe even the spike welfare recipients (which pays more than working a minimum wage job in many states) but you can’t deny that even if institutionalized racism has been axed, there’s a shocking rate of abortion for black children in these days.
And as James O’Keefe pointed out several times in his book Breakthrough, he proved on several occasions that those working at Planning Parenthood had no censure or disgust for a person who wanted to donate money to be earmarked to get rid of black babies.
Is there a racial reason for this? I can’t come to a conclusive answer based on the CDC numbers, but it certainly doesn’t look great for the African American community. They are consistently ending the lives of a nearly a 1/3 of total of live births in their community. They are effectively making each generation 25% smaller than it should be.
So maybe you shouldn’t be singing the praises of abortion and civil rights in the same sentence Mark, but maybe I’m just crazy.
It’s not like Planned Parenthood intentionally makes their services more easily available to minorities than white people or anything.