The first time I had heard of turning abortion into a racial genocide issue was during the run up to the 2008 election. I was at an Obama event in Miami that was centered around Women’s Issues, and a small group of African Americans staged a disturbance / protest during the event, unfurling signs they had apparently hidden among their clothes and belongings, with slogans like “abortion is black genocide” and comparing Obama to the KKK due to his (lukewarm) support of a woman’s right to choose.
Renee at Womanist Musings wrote about billboards in Atlanta that is essentially blaming black women for aborting too many of their children. I find this troublesome on so many levels, not the least of all that I feel like the black community is being manipulated, and black women are being shamed and blamed.
I do understand that some White women may be reticent to enter this debate because it is framed as saving a Black child, who we know to be universally undereducated and invisible. Even when Black women place their children for adoption, they are less likely to be adopted and so it would appear that Black women are really reduced to two choices, abort or raise the child themselves. Even if we validate that point, there is still the issue of placing a priority on women’s agency when it comes to reproductive rights. We do not have the right to question these women on their decisions. No one chooses to abort without putting great thought into the matter and if we truly respect the right to choose, it must apply to ALL women.
Finally, as scared as White women may be to interact because of the racial undertones of this argument, I must ask don’t Black women matter?
Please read the entire post. And, please read Rachel’s post about it, which is where I saw it first.