Nothing to see here, move along [UPDATED]

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:

Photo Credit: Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

“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.



  • Davide

    Al Sharpton should be more concerned about the thousands of dead babies…some people just don’t get that the mother is not the executioner and the womb is not a graveyard…maybe they can put up another billboard and word it differently….Al Sharpton is playing the race card..classic bait and switch…he has no concern about black babies???? It would appear not….my parents adopted three beautiful children from Liberia, Africa we are a bi-racial family and I was not at least offended by this ad…very sad that Mr. Sharpton is playing politics as children die…shameful and disgusting…

  • Christina

    There is a poll on the NY Daily News website.

  • Tracy

    I am not sure I agree with this billboard. It seems to be saying something (even though it may be true) about the black community as a whole, rather than addressing the issue of PP actually TARGETING the black community- or the engrained problems leading to the outcome of this tragedy. It is provacative for sure but may be misinterpreted as a slam against blacks, especially poverty stricken women in the most dire of situations. I can see it as being insensitive- I know that is PC terminology, but we do have to be effective in our message as well. Hopefully it will spark a debate among the black community to start talking about this issue amongst them.

    • RSC

      Tracy – it is saying something about the black community in NYC, as a whole, and that is extremely unfortunate. If this were some “illness,” that was causing African American women to miscarry at a rate of 60% within NYC – what do you think the public opinion and outcry would be? “Why!? What is happening!? Is it something environmental or something societal or even some horrible ‘conspiracy’?!!” But instead this is somehow “ok” to keep as a secret. “Let’s NOT let people know that we are seeing such numbers and make them understand what this means – that 6 out of every 10 pregnancies in NYC for African Americans are being terminated.” This is about having people face the fact that if these numbers are true (and those percentages SHOULD have been part of the billboard), then people need to start asking the same questions I mentioned, above… This is nothing short of self inflicted genocide.

      • tracy

        I do not disagree. I am just saying there may have been a better way to get the message out there, maybe not. Sometimes shock value can be the best form of therapy so to speak. I am not unfamiliar with the plight of the African American in our country, blacks tend to be their own worst enemy (I have witnessed this firsthand within my family circle). The more that we can get the African American community to address this issue the better, I am just posing that this may have done the exact opposite and alienate the very people we want to help and educate.

  • Davide

    I have read a report release a month or so ago and the abortion rate for New York City for all mothers was 41 percent, black mothers was 60 percent. Planned parenthood and other abortion providers purposely place abortion clinics in the inner cities…something we should ask ourselves is why??? But we already know the answer don’t we? The eradication of the black population??? And other “undesirables”? Let’s not forget who founded Planned Parenthood-Margaret Sanger!!!

  • Davide

    Sadly 60 percent of black mothers in NYC abort their children…sad and we must pray for these mothers



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