Trent Franks has really outdone himself this time. Not only does he manage to offend both African-Americans and women in one compact soundbite, but he does it by combining two of the right’s most disgusting canards:
In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say “How brave blind were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible.” And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?
Ah yes, the good old days of slavery when black women could happily carry their masters’ rape-babies to term without any busybody white liberals pushing them to get abortions. See how elegantly Franks combines the “Slavery wasn’t really all that bad” (not as devastating as abortion!) meme with the “Abortion is a genocidal liberal conspiracy OMG!” meme. Breathtaking!
It almost feels churlish to nitpick such artistry by pointing out that “the fertility rate, or births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, among black women remains higher than the national average and has inched up in recent years.” Why, that would mean the Guttmacher Institute is right about their high abortion rate being due to excessive unwanted pregnancies (the #1 cause of abortions!) and not any kind of nefarious stealth genocide.
It’s funny how the only times Republicans express their heartfelt concern for an oppressed minority, it’s to attack some other group or defend one of their own. Remember how the invasion of Afghanistan was going to liberate all those poor suffering Afghani women from the nasty sexist Muslims? Or how progressives were all homophobes after we attacked the Bushies for planting a gay prostitute in the White House press corps?
Yet whenever Republicans have had the opportunity to stand up and support equal pay or gay marriage, all that empathy and support just melts right away.
Almost as if it were never really there.