Anti-Abortion Flyer On Princeton Campus Using Lynching, Nooses


Claiming that abortion is a racially motivated procedure is nothing new in anti-abortion circles.  But sending out fliers with nooses?  That’s definitely further than the anti-choice used to go.

Via CBS New York:

It has become the talk among African American students at the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary — racially charged flyers and postings. All of it is apparently anti-abortion literature.

Among the flyers was one that displayed a noose and another with the words “in the new klan lynching is for amateurs.”

“I was shocked and appalled that someone would place something like that up at this particular institution,” seminary student Maurice Stinnett told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis.

“There was a lot of devastation for me, psychological damage, injury, because I saw this as social bullying,” student Shirley Thomas said.

Student leaders at the seminary, which neighbors Princeton University but is not directly affiliated, said the flyers first appeared on campus last November then reappeared in February for Black History Month.

The flyers originate from various sources, pointing out the number of African American deaths by abortion.

Citing abortion as some sort of attempt at eugenics has been a long favored tactic of the anti-abortion activists.  But an escalation of the number of groups that have been pushing the meme has been increasing over the last few years. Now, even more sadly, it looks like the rhetoric of the campaigns themselves are getting more intense as well.

Interestingly enough, although the fliers are reported to come from “various sources,” there does not appear to be a group actually claiming them.  A google search for the phrase “in the new klan lynching is for amateurs” brings up no organizations.

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  • gened

    http://www.klannedparenthood.com popped up using fragments of the quoted phrase.

  • ack

    “There really is no need to resort to far-flung conspiracy theories. Behind virtually every abortion is an unintended pregnancy. And because women of color are much more likely to experience unintended pregnancies than any other group, they are also more likely to seek and obtain abortions than any other group,” says Susan A. Cohen, director of government affairs at the Guttmacher Institute. “Fundamentally, the question policymakers should be asking is not why women of color have high abortion rates, but rather what can be done to help them have fewer unintended pregnancies and achieve better health outcomes more generally.”

     

    We need to work on access to contraception and education on how to use it among poor women and communities of color. We need to work to end racial disparities in education, employment, and pay. We need to offer additional social services so women can continue wanted pregnancies.

     

    There is a LOT we need to work on regarding racism and other forms of oppression in this country. Anti-choicers don’t care about any of the actual issues, though. They saw a statistic, and then an opportunity. It’s deplorable, and runs completely contrarty to anti-oppression frameworks.

  • truthbetold

    Ms. Marty, which is it?

    It is a historical fact that Margret Sanger, founder of the American Birth Control League, now know as Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes, UK, founder of Marie Stopes Family Planning Clinics and Helen Brooke, uk, founder of Brooke Centres were all racist eugenicists. They promoted birth control as a way to eliminate the “unfit” “human weeds” that they believed should not be allowed to reproduce. Amongst the “unfit” were the poor, Blacks, Jews, Catholics and the disabled. Information from the original sources, Sanger’s writings and words are readily available. Someone who wanted to know the truth could easily find the information.

    Throughout the history of Planned Parenthood eugenics has been part of the organizations agenda. Again, this information, from their own sources is readily available.

    Recently, more than one Planned Parenthood clinic was eager to accept cash donations specified for abortions for “Black” babies.

    You have to really stick your head deep into the mire to not see how racist Planned Parenthood is! Most Planned Parenthood clinics are located in Black, Hispanic and poor neighborhoods. 50% of all African American pregnancies, since 1973 have ended by abortion. The population of African Ameicans is the same today as it was in 1973. African Americans make up 13 % of the population and have 37% of all abortions. Merely coincidence? Not!

     

     

  • dadumdumdada

    Sigh.

     

    It is really weird for Republicans to play the race card on abortion, given how much they’ve campaigned against them in the past. The south went Republican after the Democrats supported civil rights in the ’60s, and who can ever forget the Willie Horton ads George H.W. Bush ran during the election of 1988?

     

    My parents were racist at one point. While I still have elements of racism hard-wired into me – for instance, I’m still wary of walking by a group of black people when I’m alone – I am doing everything that I know that is possible not to instill my fears, etc., into my son. Even my parents voted for Obama in the last election, something that simply would have been impossible even 20 years earlier. To accuse an entire organization of racism, simply because some of it’s founding members may have been racist, is absurd. People change over time, social attitudes change in the general population over time. To insist that Planned Parenthood is involved in some mass conspiracy against black people is insane, and shouldn’t even warrant comment.

     

    Liesbetold, please take your paranoia elsewhere.

     

     

  • goatini

    I’d post the “lying sack of crap” song again, but I think all sane and sentient persons here get that this person is a stone LIAR without any audio-visual assistance.  

     

    signed, 

    a satisfied PP client when I was young and poor

  • goatini

    They’re conscienceless, sociopathic users.  

     

    If you think that the forced-birthers have one iota of genuine concern for the social struggles of people of color and other oppressed minorities, you’d be wrong.

     

    They’re unrepentently riding the coattails of the “religious” AA vote for Prop H8, figuring that if certain AAs can be used as tools to attempt to put civil rights and human rights to a freaking VOTE, they can also be used as tools to further restrict civil rights and human rights.   

     

    No one is fooled except the foolish.  

  • beenthere72

    According to the middle-series projection, the Black population would increase almost 5 million by 2000, almost 10 million by 2010, and over 20 million by 2030. The Black population would double its present size to 62 million by 2050.

     

    According to the middle series, the Hispanic-origin population would be the largest growing group. By 2000, the Hispanic-origin population may increase to 31 million, double its 1990 size by 2015, and quadruple its 1990 size by the middle of the next century. In fact, the Hispanic-origin population would contribute 32 percent of the Nation’s population growth from 1990 to 2000, 39 percent from 2000 to 2010, 45 percent from 2010 to 2030, and 60 percent from 2030 to 2050.

     

    http://www.census.gov/population/www/pop-profile/natproj.html

     

     

     

  • rebellious-grrl

    Margaret Sanger was not a racist! Although, the antis (forced birthers) have turned her into one through their revisionist history of her. By portraying her as a racist they think they can discredit her work and the pro-choice movement. (I’m reposting a comment I made earlier this year.)

    I can’t quote the entire article “Was Margaret Sanger a Racist?” by Charles Valanza, here are a few quotes from it.

    “In reconstructing the political and social environment of the years between 1916 (when Margaret Sanger’s first birth control clinic was opened in Brooklyn and promptly closed by the police) and the early 1940s, it is important to remember that the ability to control one’s fertility was a conspicuous example of the egregious disparity between the “haves” and have-nots.”
    The basic concept of the eugenics movement in the 1920s and 1930s was that a better breed of humans would be created if the “fit” had more children and the “unfit” had fewer. This concept influenced a broad spectrum of thought, but there was little consensus on the definitions of fit and unfit.”
    …………
As a result Sanger had to confront the eugenics movement and the possibility of compromise. But, charges that Sanger’s motives for promoting birth control were eugenic are unfounded. Her dissent from eugenics was made clear early on, in one of her most important works, ‘Pivot of Civilization.’ ….
    Many writers have relied on out-of-context quotations from this work to substantiate their claims that Sanger was a eugenicist. Later in the book, (Pivot of Civilization) Sanger said, ‘In passing, we should here recognize the difficulties presented by the idea of “fit” and “unfit”.  Who is to decide this question?”
    Sanger acknowledged the middle-class bias in this thought.

    Charges of racism against Sanger are most often made by anti-choice activists who are unfamiliar with the history of the African-American community or with Margaret Sanger’s collegial relationship with that community’s leaders. The tangled fabric of lies and manipulation woven by anti-choice activists around the issues of class, race, and family planning continues to be embroidered today, more than three-quarters of a century after the family planning movement began.

     

     

    The truth is the anti-choicers/forced birthers are being very racist!

  • rebellious-grrl

    Exactly goatini! Well said!

  • goatini

    and attempt to portray her as a fellow forced-birther.

     

    The TRUTH is, the forced-birthers care nothing for truth.  

     

    Ironic considering how many of them have the word “truth” in their usernames.  Kind of like Bu$hCo’s “Healthy Skies Initiative” – call something exactly what it ISN’T, and keep broadcasting the lie over and over and over again in the fabulously wealthy Right Wing Noise Machine, until all of the RW drones have internalized the lying talking point.

  • arekushieru

    Exactly.  Which is why I find it funny that people assume that there never is/was/will be such a thing as overpopulation.  Those percentages of the Hispanic group are relative to what every other population group is doing, after all, yet they keep expanding, not only in the percentages but between them, as well, as you can see at the end. 

  • arekushieru

    Also true.  She was not a forced-birther.  She was simply opposed (whether rightly or wrongly) to abortion, itself, as a tool of the patriarchy.  Just as we are opposed to forced gestation as a tool of the patriarchy.

  • arekushieru

    Yup, your experiences describe pretty much like what it was in Susan B. Anthony’s time.  It was hard-wired, because you couldn’t escape it.  Which is why I say “Bah!” to people who think that it is just that easy to turn something they don’t like, off.  Parents usually control what their children see or hear.  If the children don’t like something that their parents are doing, it’s not going to be as easy as that.  (Which is, I just realized, why I HATE Law and Order, simplistic solutions to complex problems.) Oy….  

  • arekushieru

    So, neither a eugenicist, in the truest sense of the word, nor a racist.  Not the former in a couple of ways. She wasn’t advocating for sterilization, nor was she advocating that the fit must pass some kind of test in order to be parents.  She was letting them choose whether they saw themselves as fit or not, although the birth control pill did control fertility.

  • truthbetold

    Charles is hardly an unbiased source, Charles valenza is Director of Public Information for planned Parenthood ofNew YorkCity.

     

    He also has been trying to repaint Margret Sanger as anything other than racist. Don’t give me some tire old crap that a Planned Parenthood croanie has written. Go to the source YOURSELF. Read it.

  • ldan

    You do realize that, certainly by today’s standards, you’d be hunting for a needle in a haystack to find anyone of Sanger’s era who wasn’t racist, right?

     

    That said, I don’t care if she was as evil as Hitler, the good work done by Planned Parenthood is not invalidated by the morals of its founder. When you have some real evidence that they’re out there canvassing communities in order to drum up non-white abortions, maybe you’d have a point.

     

    That said, there are several posters here who have previously done an excellent job of using Sanger’s own body of work and well-documented history to illustrate the nuance of her positions in such a way that I’m comfortable saying that you’re taking your talking points out of a very biased source yourself. Accordingly, I won’t be giving your historical arguments much credence.

  • rebellious-grrl

    And your point is? I’ve read Sanger’s writings and I strongly agree with Charles. I stand by what I posted.

  • goatini

    have read the collected works of M Sanger in detail, are highly knowledgeable of history in the area of Women’s Studies, and know more about Sanger, Anthony, Addams, and all the foremothers of the movement than you, your organized cabal of liars, and maybe even Valenza himself?

     

    We’ve BEEN to the SOURCE, as in actual HISTORY.  

  • ack

    organized cabal of liars

     

    BAND NAME! I CALLED IT FIRST!

  • goatini

    The Shirtless Perps

    (because such a large percentage of miscreants taken into custody on “Cops” are…. shirtless. I suppose it’s intentional, so that The Man has one less thing to grab on to and restrain the perp from escaping…)

  • plume-assassine

    Maybe it would interest you to know that Martin Luther King Jr. was an acquaintance of Margaret Sanger. MLK was a strong supporter of planned parenthood and birth control. He wrote a speech called “Family Planning – A Special and Urgent Concern,” which you are welcome to read here: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are/reverend-martin-luther-king-jr-4728.htm (yes, it’s on Planned Parenthood’s website, as his wife gave the speech to the organization)

     

    Being able to control one’s fertility, the right to bodily autonomy, and deciding when/whether to have children are social justice causes.

  • goatini

    I just set up my new monthly donation to PP.  (I HAD to go to a Catholic healthcare facility today – OTJ injury, and Saint So And Sos is the ONLY facility you can go to.  So I was prompted by this event to ensure that my moral offset was paid for, to compensate.  I look at it like a carbon offset – if I must inadvertently support gross immorality, it is my moral obligation to my fellow humans to ensure that moral causes are funded by me.)

  • ack

    A commentor on “man boobz” has created a list of common MRA statements:

    http://www.manboobz.com/2011/03/im-guest-blogging-on-feministe.html#comments

     

    “thefemalespectator” used the delightful phrase “ugly, slutty, cat lovers.” But I would combine it all into “uglysluttycatlovers.”

    ;)

    Man Boobz is also a pretty awesome blog if you haven’t checked it out yet!