One of the most recent examples comes from the Purdue Students for Life. The group created sidewalk chalk messages outside the Black Cultural Center on Tuesday. They included “Womb=most dangerous place for black kids,” “Civil rights begins in the womb,” and “Planned Parenthood targets minorities.”
The group also put up flyers around campus reading “Black children are an endangered race. Hands up, don’t abort.” There was also a link to toomanyaborted.com, and the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
Toomanyaborted.com is a project of Radiance Foundation, from Ryan Bomberger, a black pro-life speaker. The website, as its name suggests, is dedicated to spreading the message about protecting black babies from abortion. “Black children are an endangered species” was actually the initial campaign for the group.
AOL.com with their reporting included statements from Bomberger, as did the Exponent, an independent student newspaper of Purdue. The former mentions how Bomberger wants to start conversation on the issue.
With the Exponent he shared:
It’s offensive because it’s actually digging into such an injustice, an injustice that college students and faculty, especially, don’t even want to talk about, or at least they don’t want to talk about it from the pro-life perspective … it’s always one-sided.
The two outlets focused heavily on those students who were offended, believing that the blame was being placed on black women. Another concern, mentioned in both pieces, is that the message somehow goes against Black Lives Matter.
The Exponent even features statements from a student who proudly owns up to tearing down flyers:
When Aanisah Mubarak, a junior in the College of Health and Human Sciences, saw the flyers outside of her classroom in Lilly Hall, she proceeded to tear them down.
“I would like to make clear that I did not remove the flyers because I was angry,” she said. “I removed the flyers because I didn’t want other black women being inflicted with this psychological violence on their way to and from classes and labs. This is a direct attack on black women in general, but also specifically every black woman in a vulnerable position, who is making a difficult decision about something that will intimately affect her for the rest of her life, about the responsibility to bring another human being into the world and be responsible for them.”
Red Alert Politics reached out to Students for Life to get their take on the situation. Anna Held, who is a regional coordinator mentioned that, with added emphasis, the “campaign was aimed at bringing light to the disproportionate way that the abortion industry effects minorities.” She continued that, again, with added emphasis, that since ” February is deemed to be “Black History Month” the group thought that it would only be appropriate to focus on how the black community is preyed upon by abortion providers.”
On more about the messaging and situation, Held says that the pro-students stand by their actions. The statement is broken up from its original e-mailed form into paragraphs for readability:
…Although the goal of this campaign was to draw attention to the discrimination that the Black Community faces from abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, unfortunately it was widely misinterpreted and drew quite an opposition.
Some members of the black community took the flyers as a direct attack on Black women who have chosen to have an abortion, and went on to call the student group racist, sexist and event terrorist.
A large part of the anger that is coming from the opposition is due to the fact that the Purdue Students for Life used the hashtag “BlackLivesMatter” at the bottom of the Posters. The backlash that the students are feeling is not a surprise or an intimidation to them. They suggest that their campaign to bring light to the attacks of the abortion industry on the black community falls completely in line with the mission of the “Black Lives Matter” movement which states that it is “for a world where black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.”
The students stand behind their original message of protecting black lives in the womb, and supporting African American men and women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy situation. Purdue Students for Life is pressing on and is looking forward to their next pro-life campaign for the month of February.”
On their Facebook page, the student group said they “will be publishing a letter soon with further information and clarification.”