And the Bad Taste Award goes to ….
The stupidity doesn’t stop in Arizona. It moves on to Chicago. Perhaps bad taste is a better word than stupidity. According to Yahoo News:
CHICAGO (AFP) – An anti-abortion billboard campaign using a likeness of President Barack Obama to target African-American women has angered women’s groups in Chicago.
Some 30 billboards declaring “Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted” are being placed in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Obama’s adopted hometown.
They are being displayed for free after the group’s controversial billboards declaring “the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb” were taken down following protests in New York.
The Texas pastor behind the campaign by Life Always said he wants to “encourage reflection” about the high abortion rate among African-Americans.
“For too long the scourge of abortion has been hidden behind political correctness,” said Stephen Broden, who is African-American.
Using the President of the United States for an anti abortion ad just violates the lines of good taste. Planned Parenthood of Illinois issued a statement saying the billboard was :
“an offensive and condescending effort to stigmatize and shame African-American women while attempting to limit their ability to make private, personal medical decisions.”
Cherisse Scott, a health educator with Black Women for Reproductive Justice, also took umbrage to this billboard. She stated:
“Who are these people?” she said. “They don’t care about us. They don’t know what women face in this community, in our clinics.”
Too bad those who have money for billboards so vehemently attack Planned Parenthood and other agencies that give women contraception and health information. Too bad some of that money cannot be put into child care and hot lunch programs for women and children in poverty. It is real easy to tell someone else how to live their lives from afar. I keep thinking of that old expression: ”Walk a mile in someone else’s moccasins.”