Jim Webb and Minority Voters

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Are black Americans supporting more and more pro-life candidates? Via Life News:

Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., notes that abortion has disproportionately affected the black community. While black women constitute about 13% of the childbearing population, they have over one-third of the abortions.

The abortion rate of black women is three times higher than that of white women and 60% of African-American women who become pregnant will have an abortion. More than 14 million abortions have been done on black women and abortion businesses are frequently located in minority communities.

"I join the voices of thousands across America who can no longer sit idly by and allow this horrible spirit of murder to cut down," King says. "If the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is to live, our babies must live."

Meanwhile, polls show black Americans are pro-life and supporting pro-life candidates in greater margins than before.

Given Democratic Nominee Jim Webb's lackluster performance in Virginia's black communities during the primary, his opposition to defending marriage as one-man and one-woman with the Virginia Marriage Amendment (which is extremely popular in ethnic and minority communities), and his opposition to commonsense pro-life legislation... will he be able to regroup and capture enough (probably meaning 90+%) of the black vote to compete with Senator George Allen, who supports marriage and pro-life legislation?

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Singleton said:

An interesting historical note (told to me by a liberal professor who had previously worked for Planned Parenthood) is that many of the early supporters of the abortion movement were social darwinists like the Ford Foundation who believed that abortion would be used mostly by minorities thereby eliminating part of their population. Looks like their eugenicistic dreams did come true in part.

Sophrosyne said:

Oh yeah… the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was very clear about the organization’s goals... She’d fit right in with Hitler. Here are some of her own comments:

"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."
Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

"Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need ... We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock."
Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review.

"Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.
Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

As an advocate of birth control I wish ... to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation....
On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.
Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

"The campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics."
Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

"Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying ... demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism ... [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant ... We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all."
Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization, 1922. Chapter on "The Cruelty of Charity," pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library edition.

"The third group [of society] are those irresponsible and reckless ones having little regard for the consequences of their acts, or whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers. Many of this group are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped."
Margaret Sanger. Speech quoted in Birth Control: What It Is, How It Works, What It Will Do. The Proceedings of the First American Birth Control Conference. Held at the Hotel Plaza, New York City, November 11-12, 1921. Published by the Birth Control Review, Gothic Press, pages 172 and 174.

"The marriage bed is the most degenerative influence in the social order..."
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

Bill Garnett said:

A non-issue so far, and probably will remain such through the Allen/Webb campaign, is that of minority disenfranchisement. That is, and I think I am correct here, one third of all adult black men are felons – and thus disenfranchised from the voting process all together. And not to the disappointment of many Republicans as they fare poorly in black districts anyway.

I attended the annual shad planking – the penultimate exercise in unsophisticated white peanut farmer electioneering – and noted the only blacks there were the few in the back doing the actual shad planking.

Jim Webb does have a different point of view on the broader issue of blacks in America as suggested by some comments he made a few weeks ago at a Democratic committee meting in Chesterfield, Virginia. He noted that America has an unusually large percentage of its population behind bars (two million at the moment – and many for non – violent drug related offenses – and a far disproportionate number who are blacks). He also noted the driving forces of the criminal justice “industry” that can grow only as new prisons are built, and the stark comparison with other countries, such as Japan who have far less percentages incarcerated and also far less crime.

Perhaps Webb is more prone to bring solutions that will deal with the causes of crime rather than look for opportunities to cash in on it.

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