UPDATE: According to the New York Daily News, the pro-life billboard has been taken down after Al Sharpton and others threatened to protest the message as ‘racial profiling’.
A new billboard in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City is causing controversy. The billboard reads: “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb,” along with a picture of a young African American child. According to the New York Times story:
“This billboard simply doesn’t belong in New York City,” Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, said in a statement. “The ad violates the values of New Yorkers and is grossly offensive to women and minorities.”
“A mix of intolerance and bad judgment put this ad up,” he added. “Common decency demands it be taken down.”
It’s always interesting to hear the proponents of ‘choice,’ and tolerance demand that that that the choices of others be curtailed. And what about violating the values of New York? Seriously? Has anyone seen the billboards in New York City lately? On a recent trip to NYC last month, I joked that perhaps city planners should just rename Times Square covered in racy images ‘Pottersville.’
Not surprisingly, nobody in the Times story seems to want to answer the question posed by the billboard. Is the womb of their mother indeed the most dangerous place for African-American children? According to a study released last month, over 41% of black pregnancies in New York City end in abortion.
Sounds dangerous to me.