15,500,000 black lives that don’t mat­ter

Record Observer - - Opinion -

As the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion nears, both can­di­dates are claim­ing they will ben­e­fit the black pop­u­la­tion. Why not look at some hard num­bers on what has caused deaths in the black com­mu­nity over the past 40-plus years? AIDS, ap­prox­i­mately 245,000; vi­o­lent crime, ap­prox­i­mately 354,000; ac­ci­dents, ap­prox­i­mately 448,000; cancer, ap­prox­i­mately 2,568,000; heart dis­ease, ap­prox­i­mately 2,715,000. These are num­bers from the U. S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol of black deaths since 1973. The last fig­ure over­pow­ers the pre­vi­ous list, even when com­bined.

Ap­prox­i­mately 15,500,000 black hu­man be­ings were de­stroyed by abor­tion over this same time frame. Cur­rent abor­tion rates in the black pop­u­la­tion oc­cur at about three times the per­cent­age of blacks in the pop­u­la­tion. About 80 per­cent of Planned Par­ent­hood clin­ics are in mi­nor­ity neigh­bor­hoods, both black and His­panic.

“I have been proud to stand with Planned Par­ent­hood for a long time and, as pres­i­dent, I will al­ways have your back,” Hil­lary Clin­ton (said).

So, maybe the best way for Hil­lary to state her ben­e­fit to blacks is to tell them what she will do for the ones that ac­tu­ally make it through the Demo­cratic Party’s abor­tion gaunt­let.

Stevensville

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