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Star Parker, CURE Exploit Gosnell Case to Promote Debunked ‘Black Genocide’ Narrative

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Written by Imani Gandy for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

On Tuesday, Star Parker, founder and president of the  Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), along with several anti-choice organizations, will hold a  press conference to discuss the impact of the Kermit Gosnell case on Black America, in what will surely be yet another opportunity for the "fetus first" crowd to wring their hands and feign concern about the plight of Black Americans.

The Gosnell lawsuit fallout has been a boondoggle for fetus enthusiasts. The fact that Gosnell is Black and that he was serving a predominantly Black community has led to the expected rhetorical boxing match: Anti-choicers cast Planned Parenthood as monstrous perpetrators of Black genocide who have set up shop in "the 'hood" to ethnically cleanse Black people out of existence, while those of us who reside in the reality-based world counterpunch with facts and statistics about how, in fact,  only one in ten abortion clinics are located in predominantly Black communities.

Black genocide simply isn't a thing that is happening in the United States, though this meme has been floating around anti-choice circles for years. White anti-choice organizations failed to make it stick, so they enlisted a handful of Black folks to help spread the message in the Black community in what Paris Hatcher, director of Spark Reproductive NOW, calls  "tokenized leaders within a White movement floating an agenda."

Who better to float the white anti-choice agenda than Star Parker, with a helpful assist from white-backed anti-choice organizations like Protecting Black Life (which is a front for the very white and very conservative Life Issues Institute, founded by Dr. Jack Willke). After all, Parker used to be one of those "welfare queens" that President Reagan warned everyone about, before she reinvented herself as a conservative author and speaker and president of an organization purportedly dedicated to "jumpstarting a national dialogue on race and poverty."

Remember when  Ann Coulter claimed "our Blacks are better than their Blacks?" Star Parker is one of those "good Blacks." She's so good, that in her capacity as president of an "urban renewal" organization, she dutifully parrots lies popularized by conservative white anti-choicers.  Here's Parker writing for  Town Hall, with commentary appended:

According to the Centers for Disease Control, blacks accounted for 35.4 percent of abortions performed in 2009, despite representing, according to the 2010 census, just 13.6 percent of the US population.

Let's not be deluded that this is an accident.

Analysis of 2010 census data by an initiative called Protecting Black Life shows that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics are located in walking distance of minority neighborhoods – 62 percent within 2 miles of primarily black neighborhoods and 64 percent of Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods. [The  claim that most abortion clinics are in Black and Latino neighborhoods is false and does not become more true the more you repeat it. -Ed.]

Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, systematically targets minority women for abortion. [ No it doesn't. -Ed.]

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In 1957, Mike Wallace interviewed Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, and asked her if she believed in sin.

Sanger, whose racist and eugenicist views are well documented, replied, "I believe the biggest sin in the world is parents bringing children into the world that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they are born." [The "Margaret Sanger was a racist and eugenicist" canard  has been debunked, repeatedly. Stop it. -Ed.]