I don’t hold out for Red State America figuring it out any time soon. Though they are good people, hard working and honest as the day is long, these folks aren’t exactly hip to what’s going on. That the bright lights of the Great Falls Tribune would fall prey to Both Sider-ism is sad but not at all surprising. Gosh but it’s horrible…
…how entrenched political beliefs, name calling, and personal attacks can be used in an attempt to squelch discussion or debate of important issues.
It’s a damn shame. But look out here comes the No Teams Team. These are three straight-shooting op-ed pals who never get mired in hidebound political beliefs or mindless talking points. No Teams means to tell you the truth.
In response to the Tribune’s publication of the cartoon, it received a number of outraged letters decrying “the racist aspect of the cartoon,” and the Tribune as “racist by nature.” NARAL Pro-Choice MT tweeted against the cartoon with the tags “#racism #misogyny.”
The problem, though, is that the cartoon is not, in itself, racist. Instead, the point of the cartoon was to accuse Planned Parenthood of racism.
The No Teams Team got that right. McCoy is only accusing Planned Parenthood of genocidal racism, which isn’t racist per se. Thankfully though the much-respected No Siderist Creed demands the analysts now turn their full focus upon the cartoonist’s outrageous claims:
…there could be reasons other than racism why 78 percent Planned Parenthood centers are located in minority neighborhoods, assuming that fact is even true (We couldn’t affirm or discredit it. According to Planned Parenthood, “73 percent of Planned Parenthood health centers are located in rural or medically under-served areas.”
Are 78 percent of Planned Parenthood centers in minority neighborhoods? Sadly, No! The No Teams’ half-hearted attempt to assess this claim was easily trumped by the 30 seconds it took me to debunk it.
The casual lie appears to go back to a pro-life group called Protecting Black Life, who says of Planned Parenthood…
79% of its surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods.
You see the problem. The claim isn’t that 79% of Planned Parenthood’s centers are in minority neighborhoods, it’s that they’re within walking distance of them. This is a lot like a germophobe claiming there’s no difference between having herpes and knowing somebody who has it.
Their own map shows six Planned Parenthood centers here in Los Angeles, and every one of them is somehow smack dab in a ‘minority neighborhood.’ But then, how could it be otherwise? What white Los Angeles enclave can’t be walked into? Beverly Hills is, what, two miles from Culver City? Palos Verdes is next door to San Pedro. Scenic Santa Monica has black people living in it…as we speak! The Lake St. clinic in Pasadena, about a mile off the traditional route of the Rose Parade, is apparently situated in an African-American and Hispanic community. But if you wanted a little home cookin’ to settle yourself after an abortion, I wouldn’t expect to find any soul food there.
…we think that these writers likely support Planned Parenthood in the recent controversy about exchanging fetal tissue (or baby body parts, depending on your point of view) for money, and find it is much easier to simply smear P.P.’s critics with the racism charge than discuss the rather unpleasant allegations on the merits.
The unpleasant allegations of science and research? The ugly implications of working to cure Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and the like? With a modicum of courage your No Teams Team could instead take on the allegations of “black babies” being murdered, as the cartoon suggested. Why not ask whether or not that’s actually true? How about doing an investigative report on Planned Parenthood’s uberfuhrers, black women? Why doesn’t Gary McCoy have the balls to take them on? Why don’t you?