The NAACP’s Senior VP of Advocacy, Hilary Shelton, showed once again why the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, is increasingly irrelevant. Their dishonest, radically liberal approach to every issue reveals their unwillingness to tackle the problems faced by the black community. Shelton denounced The Radiance Foundation’s Juneteenth billboards, dismissing any connection with abortion to slavery.
The HuffPo reporter, as usual, distorted our interview, stating that I said TooManyAborted.com is “not political at all.” She had asked me if this Juneteenth effort was about trying to sway the “black vote” in the next election, and I responded: “Absolutely not. This isn’t about elections. The issue of abortion transcends the political. It is a moral issue. Our campaign is an apolitical approach to this epidemic of abortion.” It’s much easier for lamestream media, like HuffPo, to keep the public wading in the shallow end of the pool and not deliver anything of substance to the readers.
The NAACP, whose moniker would better be described as the National Association for the Abortion of Colored People, publicly proclaimed their support of abortion when they endorsed the 2004 “March for Women’s Lives” held by Planned Parenthood and NARAL. I told Ms. Bassett, the HuffPo “reporter” these details which….surprise…didn’t make it into the article. Instead she claimed that historically, the NAACP hasn’t taken a position on abortion. Lies.
First of all, his comments, alone, are an explicit support of abortion. Secondly, I told the reporter “silence IS a position”. I told her that Mr. Shelton’s comments simply ignore actual Civil Rights History especially the fact that Justice Blackmun’s majority opinion used the 14th Amendment (that finally ascribed black people full humanity) to strip it from another class of people—the unborn. Our Juneteenth billboards expose this history.
Mr. Shelton obviously has a different understanding of history. Slavery wasn’t about denying a black woman’s right to control her body; it was about dehumanizing the entire black race. It was about stripping the humanity of every single black individual that stepped off a slave ship onto American soil. It was about death and bondage, denying life and liberty. And today, abortion doesn’t bring more life into the black community, only more death, at epidemic levels. But the NAACP is silent. And their silence is complicity.
The NAACP refuses to defend the most vulnerable and disenfranchised among us. They’d rather launch a national campaign about glaucoma than do something about the epidemic levels of abortion in the black community. The NAACP stands by as our future is being killed.