Imus Comments Offensive Says Day Gardner, President of National Black Pro-Life Union
Contact: Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union, 202-834-0844
WASHINGTON, April 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following statement is released by Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union:
Yesterday, TD Jakes, Pastor and Founder of The Potter's House commented on a statement made by radio talk show host Don Imus in which Imus called a group of young African-American women "nappy-headed [whores]. The women he referred to have distinguished themselves as members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team.
I too, felt anger that Imus actually thought this racial slur could be shrugged off as a joke.
There is a stigma that exists in the minds of many who still see black people, especially those of us in the metropolitan areas or inner cities, as poor, welfare recipients who just sit around doing drugs and committing crimes. Many of those people really believe that black people are drug dealers, pimps, whores or some other sort of criminal. So, for Don Imus, referring to the talented young women as nappy headed whores came perfectly natural to him. He thought it would be funny--I found it extremely offensive! I was reminded of the chicken and watermelon jokes I heard about black people when I was a young girl.
I'm glad that Pastor TD Jakes released his official statement against the racism of Imus’ remarks, but let's not stop there--what bothers me is we are very quick as a people to recognize racism everywhere else--except the one place that truly affects all of us the most.
The abortion industry makes millions and millions of its bloody dollars by killing black babies. The African American community is purposefully targeted because many still see us, especially those of us who live in the lower income, urban areas, as unimportant to society. More than 90% of all abortion providers are located in areas which have generally black populations. Today, Planned Parenthood, America's leading abortion promoter and provider, identifies its core clients as young women, low-income women, and women of color. They target us by placing abortion facilities in our minority and poor neighborhoods to "coax us" into thinking abortion is the best answer--the only answer to an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. We don't have to kill our children to have productive, successful lives.
Racism is very much alive and thriving in America and the comments made by Don Imus are just more proof of that fact.
Day Gardner is also the anchor of The Daily Life News Program on NPLR.net and Director of Public Relations for NPLAC on Capitol Hill.