Racism and racists have been the hue and cry all over the internet since “the Charlottesville Incident.” Words designed to inflame and incite are being lobbed, lines are being drawn, and sides taken. Should confederate monuments be allowed to stand, or should they be torn down? Those who say they should stand are deemed racist — and, if Black, sell outs. Families are being torn apart and the racial gap widened as acts and threats of violence rule.
Racism, a term understood prior to 1964 and the passage of the Civil Rights Act to mean discrimination and prejudice against a group of people based on the color of their skin, is quite something else today. Whether a confederate monument remains in the public square does not quite fit that definition. There is, however, an act that happens every day that is driven by the agenda of getting “rid of the populations we don’t want too many of,” and those acts are racist indeed. Black women are treated differently — in fact, are targeted — based on the color of their skin, and they are living in the midst of a health care crisis directly attributable to the very act they have been told is liberating.
The act is abortion, and 3 percent of America’s women of childbearing age (Black women) get 30 to 35 percent of the them each and every year.
Today, one in nine Black women have breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. From 2008 to 2012, breast cancer incidence rates increased 0.4 percent per year in black women, and the death rates (from breast cancer) were 42 percent higher in black women than white women. Black women are more likely than other racial/ethnic groups to be diagnosed at later stages and have the lowest survival at each state of diagnosis. The results of 68 worldwide studies, including a recent
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