I’ve been watching the left meltdown on social media ever since Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring: the consensus seems to be that America is now fucked.
Even though Justice Kennedy is mostly celebrated on the left for his rulings on gay marriage, media coverage has focused on the abortion issue, with dire predictions for the future.
The Handmaid’s Tale: coming soon to a state near you! Hysterics aside, I find the issue of abortion to be troubling for many reasons, not the least of which has to do with eugenics and racial cleansing. It is an historical fact that the entire Planned Parenthood/birth control/abortion movement began with decidedly racist motivations. Margaret Sanger was quite clear that she wanted black babies dead.
Sanger’s eugenics project carried its own racial preoccupation. In a letter of Dec. 10, 1939, to Clarence Gamble (cited here), she explains the nature of her organization’s outreach to the African-American community: “The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to get 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.” In her autobiography she proudly recounts her address to the women of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, N.J., in 1926.
This doesn’t mean, of course, that the modern birth control/abortion industry is motivated by similar ideas, but isn’t it curious that the impact is still exactly the same?
Scott Adams writes and speaks at length about the predictive power of how we frame or understand the world, mostly with regards to President Trump, but his ideas hold up well on the abortion and race issue, too. Essentially, Adams encourages us to pay careful attention to people who seem to act randomly, unpredictably and bizarrely. Some people really are crazy and will do things that no one can possibly predict, but most ‘unpredictable’ behaviour is really just a failure to correctly frame an issue or understand someone’s motivations.
People who think President Trump is a racist who hates black people have no idea what to make of Trump when he pardons black people – he just pardons people randomly, based on his whims of the moment! People who do not think the President is racist aren’t mystified at all by the President’s actions: which group is correct? Whichever group has the idea that best predicts the future is likely to be correct. For this example, it’s the Trump is NOT racist crowd.
A lot of the same people proclaiming that Trump’s new Supreme Court nomination (whomever that might be) will outlaw or at least severely restrict abortion are the same people who claim that Trump and his supporters are racist, white supremacist deplorables. But both of things cannot be true at the same time, for the very simple reason that restricting abortion will result in an explosion of poor people of color, since low-income black and Hispanic women are the most likely to have abortions.
If you dislike black and brown people, making abortion super easy and cheap is one of the best ways to keep that population in check! Planned Parenthood may not openly call itself an ethnic cleansing organization but the impact is exactly the same as if it were. Pink, pussy hat wearing abortion activists tweeting how fucked we are saying one thing, and then doing the complete opposite, while accusing the other side of the feelings they themselves turn into actions.
Isn’t that curious?
The pro-life side of the abortion argument is not arguing openly for an increase in the black population, but that is precisely what will happen if abortion is restricted or banned. We can believe that pro-life people are simply too stupid to see the racial implications of their beliefs and values, and then continue to be utterly flummoxed by their dogged insistence on the sanctity of all life, including black life. The “pro-life Republicans are racist, white supremacists” frame does a very poor job of predicting the future. The preferred way (on the left) to explain how this group behaves is “ignorant and stupid”, but a more plausible explanation is that the racist, white supremacist frame is wrong. Pro-life Republicans who support restrictive abortion laws are not racist, and they are not white supremacists, and therefore their support for restrictive abortion law is perfectly understandable. In fact, let’s borrow phrase from the left to describe it:
BLACK LIVES MATTER
And let’s keep in mind that nothing separates parents and children more effectively than abortion.
Lots of love,