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In the uproar this past week over the Life Always billboard in New York City, carrying the message that the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb, the most common denunciation was that the billboard was “racist.”

But was it?

In fairness, it’s understandable how the person on the street, looking at the billboard, could have come away with that understanding. The billboard presented a conclusion without first presenting the argument. Absent the staggering numbers that lead to the conclusion, the general public were left with a sign that could seem both racist and misogynistic to the uninformed. That’s a powerful lesson for our side.

Perhaps in the future, a billboard that states:

“With 60% of NYC African American pregnancies ending in abortion, our most unsafe place is in the womb.”

That presents the staggering statistics, the conclusion, and a voice that is black folk talking to black folk. It’s unambiguous.

However, that will never stop the race-baiters like Al Sharpton from coming out in opposition to the message, and still claiming racism—which leads to another can of worms.

It isn’t racist to point out the inequities between groups of people, such as the frightening rates of STD’s among blacks compared to all other groups. The same for abortion, poverty, single-parent households, etc. Indeed, how can society be expected to respond compassionately and effectively if the problem cannot be articulated for fear of being branded a racist? Pointing to glaring inequalities has always been the first, and necessary step in eradicating the forces that keep groups of people down.

Demography is a science that tells the unvarnished truth. There is no political correctness in accurate statistics. Indeed, when we need to modify an absolute term like “correct” with a modifier like “political”, the truth becomes the first casualty. Therefore, an accurate telling of the demographics is the first step in ascertaining what is wrong.

In the case of abortion and communities of color, a more enlightened political leadership might call for and fund a study of women seeking abortions and the reasons. From such a study, it might become evident that low-income women feel a need for abortion based on economic pressures, and that the Pregnancy Resource Center model may well have a good part of the answer. Government might actually work to reduce the frequency of abortion through the initiation of services that encourage and facilitate education, job skills and training, parenting classes, and other life skills. By standing up young women and men, encouraging parenthood, and facilitating mature behavior, society rescues them from a life of perpetual adolescence.

It used to be called liberalism.

Revealing scientific truth with an eye toward ameliorating the underlying stressors that give rise to skewed incidences of pathology is not racist. It is the realization of scientific investigation’s noblest goal, which is the discovery of truth for the betterment of humanity. All humanity.

To be selective in the revelation and the application of that knowledge in a way that ignores the most disenfranchised is the most malignant form of racism:

Ice Cold Indifference.

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The Billboard erected on Wednesday by Life Always, telling the message that the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb, was taken down the very next day.

Gone in a New York Minute.

Al Sharpton crawled out of his sewer to provide the appropriate faux outrage. The company that erected the billboard claimed as their rationale for removing the sign that restaurant employees in the building hosting the sign were being harassed, and that they were concerned that violence might ensue.

That’s right. The people who proclaim CHOICE will harass waitresses just trying to scrape out a living, and threaten violence unless theirs is the only voice heard. These are the same people who are going to pass a bill on Wednesday of next week which will effectively shut down crisis pregnancy centers in New York City.

Abortion MUST be the ONLY act in town.

Obviously, the proabort crowd in NYC does not think that 60% of all African American pregnancies ending in abortion is too many. Their revulsion and disgust were saved for those who tried to bring this atrocity to light, So it begs the questions:

If 60% of all African Americans who come into existence never make it out of their mother’s wombs, what was so untruthful or offensive about that billboard?

If 60% doesn’t make the bile rise in the back of their throats, then 60% is an acceptable number to them, no?

Since 60% is not an objectionable number, what is?

70% ?
80% ?
90% ?
95% ?

So, at least we now have Council Speaker Christine Quinn on record as not objecting to such appalling numbers. The same for Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, and Al Sharpton.

These are not liberals. Liberalism has always looked at poverty and tried to ameliorate it. It has tried to do all that it could to keep families intact, to lift them up when poverty threatened them with death and dissolution. As a young man, I was proudly liberal, because liberalism was taken up with the corporal works of mercy. Many liberals back then detested abortion, and regarded it as extremist and monstrous.

Times have changed.

Today, liberalism sees death as the sole solution to life’s vexing problems. If killing 60% of African Americans in the womb were the necessary pre-condition for young women to advance economically, unencumbered by a child, then Harlem and East New York ought to resemble Scarsdale and Beverly Hills. Black neighborhoods ought to be awash with college degrees and economic prosperity.

In truth, they are more desperate and dismal than at any time before legalized abortion.

In Brooklyn, NY, we call that a clue.

Bitches and Ho’s are how young black women have been celebrated in rap music for decades.

That, too, is a clue.

When we remove responsibility for the consequences of sexual behavior, the body becomes nothing more than a plaything. When Planned Parenthood operates 78% of their operation in inner-city neighborhoods and facilitates this understanding of the body, the predictable disaster of a 60% abortion rate necessarily follows.

This is big business, and the abortion industry has its hands firmly on the levers of power here in New York. Tragically, most of our leaders have so completely sold out that 60% of black pregnancies ending in abortion is to them, like water rolling off a duck’s back.

It was a great effort, Life Always. The targeting of your billboard by the abortion industry mirrors the targeting of the very black babies on whose blood they feed, and whom you are trying to save.

The babies, the billboard, all gone in a New York Minute.

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