For asking if black lives matter, a pro-life Democrat faces wrath … from Democrats
On behalf of the late George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement, angry “protesters” have decapitated, defaced or destroyed monuments dedicated to old Confederates, the Founding Fathers and even some historical figures the vandals were too ignorant to place on the racism spectrum.
But the hollowness of their rhetoric is shown by the fact that Planned Parenthood clinics across the country have eluded the spray paint, the bricks and the wrecking ball.
In Ohio, one member of the most endangered species in American politics — a pro-life Democratic politician — recently made such an observation.
And for his trouble, local Democratic leaders want to boot him out of office, and perhaps from the party.
Dusty Rhodes has been elected auditor of Hamilton County, Ohio, (the Cincinnati area) since 1990. He was the first Democrat to break the local Republican stronghold in the early 1990s and was re-elected twice without opposition. In 2018 he was re-elected by a 2-1 margin.
But his next election, in 2022, may already be imperiled because he posed a simple question: Do Black lives matter?
On June 19, Rhodes tweeted: “Just wondering when they are going to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Auburn Avenue, you know, in front of that building where they terminate [B]lack lives and white ones, too, almost every day of the week.”
The reference is to the sole Planned Parenthood clinic in Cincinnati.
Gwen McFarlin, the chairwoman of the county’s Democratic Party, who also happens to be Black, declared Rhodes’s tweet “racist and sexist.”
“I condemn this comment which I would not expect from an elected official let alone a Democratically endorsed elected official,” said McFarlin, who announced she would seek to have Rhodes censured.
“His offensive comments are aimed at [B]lack, brown and other marginalized groups as well as women. The Democratic Party supports the Black Lives Matter movement and women’s reproductive rights.”
She added, “I will bring options to the Hamilton County Democratic Party officers including a resolution launching a formal censure process and a resolution declaring that we will not support his reelection and plan to endorse a Democrat for Auditor who shares our values.”
David Pepper, chairman of the state Democratic Party, backed McFarlin.
“We ask Republicans and their elected leaders to call out their own (up to Trump himself) for violating basic values of our country or party. We rightly criticize them when they fail to,” he tweeted.
“Which is why I so respect Chairwoman McFarlin’s leadership here, at this critical moment.”
Now, many of us may wonder how someone is racist by questioning the destruction of Black babies in the womb, or sexist when it’s likely half of those victims from that clinic are female.
But if you’re in that group, you’re likely not among the contemporary woke Democrats.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, the most recent year for its data, 36 percent of abortion patients were Black women. Another 18 percent were Hispanic.
The abortion rate for Black women has been fairly consistent for years, typically running around one-third of all abortions performed annually, CDC reports show.
Extrapolating that out, the math indicates that roughly 20 million Black babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade.
In a 2012 study, the pro-life group Protecting Black Life analyzed 2010 Census data and found that “Planned Parenthood is targeting minority neighborhoods. 79 [percent] of its surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods.”
That demographic targeting can be linked to Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger.
In September 2017, when the post-Charlottesville tremors of racial unrest were still being felt, Jim Sedlak, executive director of the American Life League, noted Sanger had “done more to destroy the black race than any other single person.”
Sedlak highlighted examples of her racism, such as the “Negro Project” and how she filled the board of her first outfit, the American Birth Control League, with the author of a 1920 book called, “The Rising Tide of Color: The Threat against White World-Supremacy.”
Sedlak did not mention that Sanger spoke to a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey in 1926 and gushed that she was so well received that she fielded another dozen invitations from “similar” groups.
Regarding Sanger’s Negro Project, Sedlak noted that New York University, which manages the Margaret Sanger Papers Project, admitted her plan “was, from the start, largely indifferent to the needs of the black community and constructed in terms and with perceptions that today smack of racism.”
Moreover, NYU noted, “the public rationale for the (Negro) Project was rooted in economics, tax-payer burden, and the social threats posed by what was perceived to be an exploding [B]lack underclass, rather than the health and sexual liberation of [B]lack women. … And there is no doubt that a good number of medical professionals involved in the birth control movement exhibited strong racist sentiments, some of them arguing for and even carrying out compulsory sterilization on [B]lack women considered to be of low intelligence and therefore not capable of choosing not to control their fertility, as well as on those deemed morally or behaviorally deviant.”
But yes, to declare that Black lives matter, by all means, let’s toss Dusty Rhodes out on his butt, knock down monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and rename many military posts — while keeping Sanger Square in Manhattan, Sanger Hall at Stony Brook University, and the Margaret Sanger bust at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, which by the way, a group of Black pastors wanted to be removed three years ago.
Makes perfect sense.
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