March 21, 2007


Tailoring an antiabortion message to blacks: Activists open crisis pregnancy centers in minority areas to draw more African Americans to their cause. (Stephanie Simon, March 21, 2007, LA Times)

Antiabortion activists are reaching aggressively to draw more African Americans into their movement, targeting urban communities that they have long considered hostile turf.

They are opening crisis pregnancy centers in minority neighborhoods, establishing partnerships with black pastors and distributing provocative leaflets to raise suspicion about Planned Parenthood, a longtime provider of reproductive healthcare and abortions in poor urban areas.

Framing their cause as the new frontier in civil rights -- an effort to stop "black genocide" -- these activists have turned to revered names in black history. A niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. tours the nation, speaking out against "the war on the womb." The great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott recently compared Roe vs. Wade to the 1857 Supreme Court decision declaring blacks so far inferior that they had no rights.

"Often the inner-city, the immigrant and minority populations are invisible when we think of the whole abortion issue," said Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International, which runs nearly 900 antiabortion counseling centers across the nation -- almost all in mostly white suburbs. [...]

A single statistic underlies all these efforts: African Americans make up 13% of the population but account for 37% of all abortions in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though blacks tend to express deep moral qualms about abortion, liberal groups that support abortion rights -- most prominently Planned Parenthood -- have spent years building ties with black churches and providing subsidized healthcare, such as pap smears and AIDS tests, to poor urban communities.

Obama Rebuffs Soros: Billionaire's Comments on Aipac Are Scored (ELI LAKE, March 21, 2007, NY Sun)
Leading Democrats, including Senator Obama of Illinois, are distancing themselves from an essay published this week by one of their party's leading financiers that called for the Democratic Party to "liberate" itself from the influence of the pro-Israel lobby.

The article, by George Soros, published in the New York Review of Books, asserts that America should pressure Israel to negotiate with the Hamas-led unity government in the Palestinian territories regardless of whether Hamas recognizes the right of the Jewish state to exist. Mr. Soros goes on to say that one reason America has not embraced this policy is because of the influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Yesterday, Mr. Obama's presidential campaign issued a dissent from the Hungarian-born billionaire's assessment. "Mr. Soros is entitled to his opinions," a campaign spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said. "But on this issue he and Senator Obama disagree. The U.S. and our allies are right to insist that Hamas -- a terrorist organization dedicated to Israel's destruction -- meet very basic conditions before being treated as a legitimate actor. AIPAC is one of many voices that share this view."

The Soros article puts Democrats in the awkward position of choosing between Mr. Soros, a major funder of their causes, and the pro-Israel lobby, whose members are also active in campaign fund-raising. Pressed by The New York Sun, some Democrats aired their differences with Mr. Soros.

Latino leaders' silence is killing blacks: L.A. is headed for a racial meltdown unless the two groups form a coalition (Kerman Maddox, March 21, 2007, LA Times)
I WILL SAY PUBLICLY what many people are whispering privately in barbershops, soul food restaurants and church parking lots in South Los Angeles. If relations don't improve between African Americans and Latinos in Southern California, we are headed for a major racial conflict.

Sure, this is multicultural Southern California, where coalition politics is supposed to rule. However, anyone paying attention to what is happening here knows the accuracy of this assessment. Why are Latinos committing violent crimes targeted against African Americans -- especially in one neighborhood in the Harbor Gateway area -- and why aren't Latino leaders speaking out against them?

No tent can be as big as the one Democrats need to enclose cadres whose interests are fundamentally at odds--eugenicists vs. minorities, Jews vs anti-Zionists, blacks vs. Latinos, Teachers Unions vs minorities, Darwinists vs. the religious, etc.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2007 7:18 AM

You (Soros) buy a couple million shares of Halliburton and all of a sudden people start to disagree with you.

Posted by: Rick T. at March 21, 2007 8:50 AM

The coalition of the crazies fiction has been around for decades. It became very obvious at the 1960 Democratic convention, I believe the first to be televised live with little if any editing. I was very young new mom who spent the whole convention glued to the B&W television and was stunned by what was passing before my eyes.

Frenzied groups with opposite agendas were all screaming for Kennedy whose people were openly being shown to be strong arming opposition candidates. I was pretty non-plussed and it was then that I came up with my definition of a Democrat/Liberal as one who can hold opposite and opposing opinions at the same time and parenthetically, became a Republican by default.

I've been waiting for someone on the left to notice they aren't all on the same page and for the situation to blow up for almost 50 years. I wonder, is this it?

Posted by: erp at March 21, 2007 9:12 AM

Perfect to be charged for hate crime, eh?

Posted by: Sandy P at March 21, 2007 10:15 AM

Obama's "Sista Soljah" moment?

Posted by: ed at March 21, 2007 4:00 PM

Interesting that it's brown-on-black violence in LA. Up here in the Bay Area, it's the other way around. Black gangsters refer to illegal immigrants as "ATMs," because they often carry lots of cash.

Posted by: PapayaSF at March 21, 2007 6:22 PM