Star Parker, CURE Exploit Gosnell Case to Promote Debunked ‘Black Genocide’ Narrative


On Tuesday, Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), along with several anti-choice organizations, will hold a press conference to discuss the impact of the Kermit Gosnell case on Black America, in what will surely be yet another opportunity for the “fetus first” crowd to wring their hands and feign concern about the plight of Black Americans.

The Gosnell lawsuit fallout has been a boondoggle for fetus enthusiasts. The fact that Gosnell is Black and that he was serving a predominantly Black community has led to the expected rhetorical boxing match: Anti-choicers cast Planned Parenthood as monstrous perpetrators of Black genocide who have set up shop in “the ‘hood” to ethnically cleanse Black people out of existence, while those of us who reside in the reality-based world counterpunch with facts and statistics about how, in fact, only one in ten abortion clinics are located in predominantly Black communities.

Black genocide simply isn’t a thing that is happening in the United States, though this meme has been floating around anti-choice circles for years. White anti-choice organizations failed to make it stick, so they enlisted a handful of Black folks to help spread the message in the Black community in what Paris Hatcher, director of Spark Reproductive NOW, calls “tokenized leaders within a White movement floating an agenda.”

Who better to float the white anti-choice agenda than Star Parker, with a helpful assist from white-backed anti-choice organizations like Protecting Black Life (which is a front for the very white and very conservative Life Issues Institute, founded by Dr. Jack Willke). After all, Parker used to be one of those “welfare queens” that President Reagan warned everyone about, before she reinvented herself as a conservative author and speaker and president of an organization purportedly dedicated to “jumpstarting a national dialogue on race and poverty.”

Remember when Ann Coulter claimed “our Blacks are better than their Blacks?” Star Parker is one of those “good Blacks.” She’s so good, that in her capacity as president of an “urban renewal” organization, she dutifully parrots lies popularized by conservative white anti-choicers. Here’s Parker writing for Town Hall, with commentary appended:

According to the Centers for Disease Control, blacks accounted for 35.4 percent of abortions performed in 2009, despite representing, according to the 2010 census, just 13.6 percent of the US population.

Let’s not be deluded that this is an accident.

Analysis of 2010 census data by an initiative called Protecting Black Life shows that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics are located in walking distance of minority neighborhoods – 62 percent within 2 miles of primarily black neighborhoods and 64 percent of Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods. [The claim that most abortion clinics are in Black and Latino neighborhoods is false and does not become more true the more you repeat it. -Ed.]

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, systematically targets minority women for abortion. [No it doesn't. -Ed.]

….

In 1957, Mike Wallace interviewed Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, and asked her if she believed in sin.

Sanger, whose racist and eugenicist views are well documented, replied, “I believe the biggest sin in the world is parents bringing children into the world that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they are born.” [The "Margaret Sanger was a racist and eugenicist" canard has been debunked, repeatedly. Stop it. -Ed.]

It is a sign of these dismally confused times that it was our first black president, Barack Obama, who, last week, became the first sitting American president to address Planned Parenthood.

In his address, the President did not use the word “abortion” once, nor was there a single reference to the current trial and murder charges against Philadelphia abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell. [Abortions comprise 3 percent of the health services that Planned Parenthood offers; moreover, Gosnell's clinic does not represent the sort of abortion care that is legal or that Planned Parenthood (or any pro-choice activists, for that matter) supports or offers. -Ed.]

You’d think he was addressing Ronald McDonald House, not an organization that provided 333,964 abortions last year, disproportionately on black women. [Or you'd think he was addressing an organization that provides much-needed and overwhelmingly not-abortion-related health-care services to communities, including low-income Black communities, that desperately need such services because of conservative economic and social policies. -Ed.]

President Obama, you see, doesn’t care about Black women or the plight of Black urban America. Star Parker and her “urban renewal” organization, on the other hand, do. Or so they would have you believe. A review of CURE’s advisory board roster, however, tells a different story.

John Ashcroft—yes, that John Ashcroft—is on CURE’s advisory board. John Ashcroft is well-known for being the songbird attorney general during the Bush administration who taught Americans how to properly fear Muslims. Before that, however, Ashcroft served as attorney general for the state of Missouri, where he bravely fought tooth and nail to keep St. Louis and Kansas City schools segregated. So bravely did he fight against school desegregation, that the official supervising the racial integration plan called him “obstructionist.” In addition, Harvard professor Gary Orfield said that Ashcroft “had no positive vision and constantly stirred up racial divisions” over the issue, ultimately calling Ashcroft “an unrelenting opponent of doing anything in St. Louis.” A man who opposes “doing anything” in underserved communities is just the sort of guy we need to help poverty-stricken urban areas, wouldn’t you agree?

Ed Meese, emeritus fellow for the Heritage Foundation (well-known for its work in fighting racial and social injustice) also sits on CURE’s advisory board. Meese, you may recall, was Reagan’s attorney general. Meese famously tried to convince Reagan to block the extension of the Voting Rights Act. And later, Meese actually convinced Reagan to grant tax exempt status to Bob Jones University, a school that proudly practiced racial discrimination and refused to allow interracial dating on campus until 2000. With such pro-Black bona fides, of course Ed Meese is the perfect person to develop social policies that will help urban minorities.

And then there’s Michael Medved, the Grand Wizard of the advisory board. Medved subscribes to the most virulent white supremacist theory about genetics and intelligence. Back in 2007, Medved explained that Black Americans simply didn’t display the sort of risk-taking that European immigrants did when they journeyed to the United States. I reckon Black folks were just too stupid to not get themselves snatched up by white slave traders. He also seems to think that slavery wasn’t that bad because, essentially, a dead slave is a useless slave—a position that ought to endear him in the hearts of the urban Black folks that CURE claims it wants to help.

Ashcroft, Meese, and Medved are but a handful of the conservabros that are overseeing CURE’s putative urban renewal efforts. That far-right conservatives who proudly espouse racist views sit on the advisory board of an organization that lists “jumpstarting a national dialogue on race and poverty” as one of its goals is as funny as it is preposterous. Star Parker doesn’t care about Black women or Black women’s health care. If she did, she would support Black women’s access to a full range of health-care services, including contraception, prenatal care, AIDS prevention, and abortion. She would support more funding for public assistance programs like SNAP. She would advocate more funding for Medicaid and Title IX. You want to renew the urban core, Star? Focus on education, jobs, affordable housing and, yes, healthcare, including reproductive healthcare.

But Star would rather be the new star of the far-right conservative movement than do anything that might actually help her people. And so at tomorrow’s press conference, Parker will lead a group of conservatives and anti-choicers in a group pearl-clutching over the Gosnell trial. They will complain, despite documented evidence to the contrary, that the media has been complicit in a coordinated media blackout about Gosnell, his crimes, and his trial. They will lament the “murder” of Black babies by “evil” Planned Parenthood. They will claim that the solution to Gosnell and the Black abortion rate is no abortion ever. They will do their damnedest to pretend to care about Black women without doing anything that might actually help Black women, like trusting Black women to make their own reproductive health choices and trusting Black women to speak for themselves. But most of all, they will push their anti-choice agendas by repackaging the same white conservative policies in Black urban wrapping paper in the hopes that Black people won’t know the difference.

But we do know the difference. We know that the answer to the Black abortion rate is more choice and more access to quality care. We know that the answer to Gosnell is not fewer abortions, but better abortion care. We know that banning abortion will not end abortion, but rather will drive abortion underground and into back alleys, where clinics like Gosnell’s will pop up like payday loan shops.

And where will the likes of John Ashcroft, Ed Meese, and Michael Medved be when that happens? Probably tut-tutting to one another about Martin Luther King being a Republican, and how much better life was for Black folks before the Emancipation Proclamation.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722074209 Elizabeth Creely

    Thank you. I became aware of Star because she was a speaker at an anti choice rally here – she was selected because of her standing as an African American conservative but also because (if memory serves) she’s had “multiple” abortions (like me and many other woman, I’d wager) I remember feeling very bitter that a woman like her who has had as many abortions as I have wanted nothing more for me than to feel shame and fear. It still makes me angry. Thank you for writing this.

    • HeilMary1

      Star is a hypocrite because she knows that if she skipped one abortion and was severely disabled or disfigured like many mothers I’ve met, she’d be pro-choice.

      • astralislux

        How?

        • cjvg

          How?!, she got her cake and ate it too!
          She obviously was pro-choice as long as she needed to have abortions.
          As soon as her personal circumstances changed, and it was more beneficial for her to be anti-choice and she was no longer in need of abortion services, she felt it was acceptable to deny others the choices she had.
          She had multiple abortions but the “regret” of those choices did not hit her until she was past needing to have to choices for her own benefit!?
          That is what is commonly known as a hypocritical opportunist!!!!

          • HeilMary1

            Thank you! If Star’s pretty face had been rotted off by the estrogen-sensitive skin cancer that disfigured and killed my best friend, she’d change her tune and demand public disclosure about all the pregnancy-cancer links.

      • Rico777

        WHAT A DUMB, SIMPLE-MINDED COMMENT.

        • HeilMary1

          You ought to research commonplace deadly and disfiguring childbirth complications to get a clue why women rightly panic and consider abortion.

        • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

          No, not dumb or simple-minded at all. Star obviously enjoyed her reproductive freedom (the only moral abortion was her abortion) and now she wants to deny the same choices to other women. That makes her a hypocrite.

  • Debe Lange

    The television news report on the Goznell verdict noted “black genocide” and recorded the primary purpose was to kill black babies. Once again we hear how these abortions are all the doctor’s fault. No, I’m not at all saying what he did was ok. In fact, I believe he should get the death penalty, not life in prison. However, something this article seems to be missing is that part of the blame should go to those pregnant women who sought out his services. Had they not gotten pregnant, nor sought an abortion once they were, no crime would have taken place. If this doctor was practicing in a predominantly black neighborhood, of course his clients will be predominantly black! That’s not racism; it’s common sense. Regardless of anyone’s race, the blame for these baby’s murders should rightfully be shared by the doctor AND the mothers.

    • HeilMary1

      And who should go to jail when childbirth injures and kills mothers? I’d love to see interfering fetal idolators like Debe Lange, priests, politicians and adulterous wife dumpers like Randall Terry be jailed for all such harmful pregnancies.

    • Imani Gandy

      You’ve missed the point of my article completely if you think that pregnant women who sought out Gosnell’s services (or any women who obtain abortions) deserve “blame.” What pregnant women in underserved communities deserve is better healthcare, including abortion care. Not blame or shaming.

      Abortion will ALWAYS happen. ALWAYS. You’re deluding yourself if you think otherwise. And when women are stripped of reproductive choices, they will take it upon themselves to terminate pregnancies in any way they know how, including taking drugs, poisoning themselves, throwing themselves down stairs, or visiting clinics like Gosnell’s.

      The answer to Gosnell is better repro healthcare. Period.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfonso.taboadaportal Alfonso Taboada Portal

    A leftist demagogues has shot them in the foot. “Correlations are not explanations and besides, they can be as spurious as the high correlation in Finland between foxes killed and divorces.”(Gunnar Myrdal).
    That black women have more abortions is not proof of racism. But this is also a dangerous argument for liberals. The left believes in a racist conspiracy talk imprisonment and the death penalty. The explanation, of course, is that blacks commit the vast majority of serious crime; that hard fact, not racism, explains the disproportionate black incarceration rate. Though blacks account for just one-eighth of the US population, they are six times more likely than whites to be murdered, and seven times more likely to commit murder. That hard fact, not racism, explains the high proportion of inmates who are black.

    • HeilMary1

      I knew you were a racist in addition to being a misogynist fascist! The ugly truth really is that blacks are vastly more likely to do prison time for minor infractions that whites are NEVER jailed for. Incarceration rates only proves racist arrests and sentencing, not actual behaviors of the racial groups. Look at all the starving black petty shoplifters who do years of time over pampered white Wall Street looters who steal millions of homes through fraud, bankrupt entire nations, and profit from genocidal foreign invasions!

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      You just copy and paste the same old tripe, don’t you, Alfonso? Don’t you have anything original to say?

    • MaiaC

      LOGIC FAIL!
      In some alternate reality, you could be right. If you ignore the simple facts that 1) most people aren’t in prison for “serious” (i.e. violent) crimes and 2) there is significant evidence that Black Americans doe NOT commit the majority of serious (or in fact, any category of) crimes. For instance, while Black Americans represent only 12% of the population and 13% of drug users, they are 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense. The stats for drug offenses are not unique in this respect. African-Americans are equally (or marginally higher) likely to commit most crimes, but far more likely to be arrested if detected, less likely to be sent to pre-trial diversion, more likely to be charged with higher crimes (for the same actions), more likely to be imprisoned. The problem isn’t differences in the commission of crimes, it’s differences in how the system treats people. In academic research, this is well established fact.

      • HeilMary1

        Thank you!

  • NancyP

    The local Planned Parenthood clinic providing abortion is located between an urban upscale residential neighborhood, a large medical school campus, and some miscellaneous office space and light industry. The residential neighborhood is well over half white.

  • gc.wall

    Star Parker is a traitor to her race – the human race.