First a bit of a sidenote/rant: If you are looking for a fail-proof way to lose a foot, spend the next 2 days scrubbing tread marks off your lower leg or longing to meet my if-you-don-t-get-the-eff-away-from-me stare, please roll up on me trying to sell a copy of your FINAL CALL!
Now with that out of the way... back to the regularly scheduled programming.
A few days ago I took my son in for a hair cut. The barber shop I always use is owned and operated by a middle aged black man who's Muslim. I love the way he cuts my son's hair... And I love the fact that he's not very talkative.
I figure if I'm only in there a couple of times a month the small talk isn't all that necessary. He's friendly enough. I usually let the television fill the empty airspace caused by a lack of conversation.
Well the last time I visited (about a week or so ago) he wasn't his usual quiet self. He was very animated which took a little getting used to. He talked about Wisconsin. He talked about Egypt. He talked about the President. He talked about EVERYTHING.
I nodded in passive agreement on most issues while I continued to watch TV. Then he caught my full attention with the following diatribe:
I'm not fond of Republicans. But I'm SO glad they've decided to STOP FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD! The most dangerous place for a black child in America is in his mother's womb...
I looked at him for what I imagine was a few seconds before I responded. You see from what I've seen over the past few years... there are a hell of a lot more dangerous places for a black child - home, school, the streets, etc.
So I asked him what he meant...
There are too many black babies being cast away through abortion. And I'm sick of it.
Is this guy nuts?
I inform him that PLANNED PARENTHOOD is about EVERYTHING the black child and community needs EXCEPT abortion. Abortions haven't been government funded since the 1970's.
What PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS about is contraceptives, safe sex practices, medical screenings for cancer, early screenings and TREATMENT of STDs, pregnancy screening and counseling, mammograms and sex education.
Have you lost your mind, brother?! (is what I wanted to say)
Your lack of knowledge about the Title X program which is the only federal program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and preventive health services, particularly low-income families is just another nail in the coffin for the black child you're so concerned about. It's not about abortion.
It's about cutting health care (sometimes the ONLY health care) for millions of women - including black women. The mother's of the children you're so CONCERNED about!
The air again filled with the quiet I'm accustomed to. As I was leaving, I paid... said thank you... and accepted The Final Call newspaper that he offered me (on the house, of course).
What I read in it is a whole 'NOTHER post!
Stand With Planned Parenthood!
SIDENOTE II - MY REPRESENTATIVE, BENNIE THOMPSON, STOOD WITH WOMEN AND FOR WOMEN ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY AND VOTED AGAINST THIS HORRIFIC LEGISLATION - VISIT HERE TO SEE HOW YOUR REP VOTED...