(NaturalNews) There are good ideas, and then there are bad ideas. Really bad ones.
In a decision that marries ill timing and a tactless approach in an effort to highlight both Black History Month and Planned Parenthood's 99th year, the organization has announced its "99 Dream Keepers" initiative. According to the organization's website, the initiative is explained as follows:
To celebrate Black History Month, Planned Parenthood is honoring 99 African American leaders -- one for each year since Planned Parenthood was founded.(1)
Leaders slated to be recognized as a Dream Keeper include filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the openly transgender actress Laverne Cox.
It goes to discuss its involvement with the black community, stated in a way that reads like a predictable political speech than genuine expressions from the heart:
We are partnering with young black women and men -- the next generation of leaders in the movement for reproductive freedom. We are spreading the word that finally, health insurance is more affordable for millions of people who are uninsured. We are working hard to end racial health disparities and for the community to be the healthiest it can be.(1)
Initiative a slap in the face to African American communityBut in looking at the organization's history regarding the black community, the initiative is more like a slap in the face to African leaders past and present. Additionally, it seems like an effort that's grasping at marketing straws to create some feel-good vibes and heightened visibility, desperately latching on to Black History Month to -- in some twisted way -- remind others of its nearly 100 years of aborting babies.
Disturbingly, since 1973, more than 13 million black babies have been aborted; African American women are up to four times more likely to have an abortion than non-Hispanic white women. In New York in 2012, more African American babies were aborted than were actually born.(2)
Yet, let's join forces and celebrate, because after all, it's Black History Month and it's as good a time as any.
As if that's not bothersome enough, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger -- a eugenicist known for her outspoken and racist views -- has been criticized for her approach in dealing with the black community.
In a Washington Times article headlined "GROSSU: Margaret Sanger, racist eugenicist extraordinaire," Arina Grossu, director for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, explains the late Sanger's history.
Late Planned Parenthood founder: "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population...""Her views and those of her peers in the movement contributed to compulsory sterilization laws in 30 U.S. states that resulted in more than 60,000 sterilizations of vulnerable people, including people she considered 'feeble-minded,' 'idiots' and 'morons,'" Grossu wrote.(3)
She explains that Sanger's activities have included giving a presentation at a Ku Klux Klan rally, authoring numerous articles that home in on the need to "Stop our national habit of human waste" and writing a letter to Clarence Gable about the "Negro Project" in which she stated, "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population..."(3)
Grossu also points out that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood's surgical abortion facilities are found within walking distance of black or Hispanic communities.(3)
A better approach: focus on more respectable activities during Black History Month
For those who'd rather turn their attention to Black History Month and acknowledge it for what it is, rather than see it through the racist eyes of Planned Parenthood, why not consider involvement in more respectable efforts?
In New York City, for example, Resorts World Casino will feature special entertainment tributes, while the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has a variety of black history discussions in place throughout the month of February.(4)
In California, several theaters, libraries and schools have educational and entertaining events pertaining to Black History Month. From talent shows to African folklore presentations, parents and children alike have the opportunity to learn more.(5)