The Washington Post is just awful.
If you’d like more evidence of that, here’s a piece they put out today tying pro-lifers to white supremacy and suggesting that J.D. Vance subscribes to the white nationalist replacement theory. The author of the article is someone names Marissa Brostoff, who epitomizes the know nothing nature of so many current journalists.
i wrote about the white nationalism deep in the heart of the anti-abortion movement https://t.co/MkLKOwsx28
— Ari M. Brostoff (@AriBrostoff) August 27, 2019
Her proof of such a stupid, ahistorical claim? That Steve King is pro-life. Really, that’s pretty much what here argument boils down to. I hear Steve King also drives a car, thereby cars are clearly white nationalist garbage.
Last fall, speaking to a far-right Austrian magazine, the Iowa Republican congressman Steve King succinctly laid out his theory of Western decline. The problem, he suggested, was a demographic born at the nexus of reproduction and immigration. “If we continue to abort our babies and import a replacement for them in the form of young violent men, we are supplanting our culture, our civilization,” King said.
King’s views are certainly problematic, especially if you take the worst interpretation of them (to be fair, he doesn’t actually say “white” anywhere in his comments). But King is hardly dispositive that the greater pro-life movement is somehow tied to white supremacy. History tells quite the opposite story.
In fact, Brostoff’s article is an exercise in contradiction. Abortion is a form of eugenics, one she supports. 36% of all babies aborted are black. Planned Parenthood exists today because a founder who sought to use abortion to eradicate minorities founded it. What does any of this have to do with the largely religiously based pro-life movement?
Take this word salad for example.
This juxtaposition has been particularly cruel over the past year, as revelations about the imprisonment of migrant children in concentration camps have coincided with a wave of draconian antiabortion legislation. (Just last week, a federal appeals court approved Trump administration rules cutting off federal funds from health-care providers that offer abortions or even discuss the procedure with patients, effectively slashing the budget of organizations like Planned Parenthood.) But understanding this confluence as ironic can actually mislead us. In fact, as King and his white nationalist allies have become increasingly comfortable admitting, state crackdowns on reproductive and immigrant rights are inextricably linked.
In other words, she’s essentially asserting that Republicans are evil and want to kill everyone, but also they are pro-life and that’s super evil as well. If you are struggling to square that circle logically, don’t be too hard on yourself. It makes absolutely no sense.
Here’s the reality. Being pro-life means eliminating abortion for all races. It means more black and Hispanic babies being born, not less. There is absolutely nothing even resembling white supremacy is such a viewpoint. It’s actually the complete opposite. Pro-abortion advocates, on the other hand, are an ally of the white nationalist movement because they largely target minority women and their unborn children.
To assert that being against abortion is actually helping white supremacists is ludicrous on its face. In short, this writer is attempting to link two diametrically opposed ideas simply to cram the circle of her politics into the square of what abortion actually does and who it affects the most.
As you read Brostoff’s piece, it’s lack of any actual citation for her claims is notable. What she’s attempting to do is claim that because white supremacists are concerned with falling birthrates (of white people), that this means all people encouraging more births (of all races) are white supremacists. This is nonsense. It’s like saying that because the Christchurch shooter was concerned about the environment that environmentalism is therefore white supremacy. An idea can be adopted by bad actors. It does not make the idea defined by those bad actors.
Falling birthrates are actually an issue for economies and we’ve seen countries of all different racial makeups encouraging parenthood. That movement has exactly nothing to do with white nationalism and everything to do with nations acting in their own self-interests. If someone wants to argue for abortion and be against governments encouraging more births, fine. But trying to connect that to white supremacy and then claim pro-lifers are white supremacists is disgusting garbage.
To end her piece, Brostoff then smeared J.D. Vance by claiming he was touting white nationalist replacement theory. This despite him clearly spelling out what he was talking about.
"Vance did not spell out exactly who was included in the word “our.” He didn’t need to." – @MarissaBrostoff on @JDVance1
Yeah, real mystery who Vance was referring to… same speech, SAME PARAGRAPH: "…whether a nation is having enough children to replace itself."
"a nation" pic.twitter.com/6dB4UhmiXT
— jerylbier (@JerylBier) August 27, 2019
J.D. Vance’s wife is a minority and his children are half Asian. The modern woke movement has no room for critical thinking or facts though, so Brostoff ran with her gross insinuation anyway. The Washington Post has since scrubbed that paragraph and offered a correction, no doubt to avoid being sued. What she had originally written was likely actionable defamation.
I’ll end by reiterating that the modern white supremacist movement, however tiny it actually is, is largely pro-abortion. Richard Spencer, for example, supports abortion. Brostoff, whether she wants to accept it or not, is finding far more common cause with racists than pro-lifers are. Her entire piece smacks of looking in the mirror and not liking what she sees. Instead of reflecting on the immorality of her own views though, she sought to project evil on others via illogical nonsense lacking any and all evidence.
While many conservatives on social media acted shocked that the Post would even publish this, I’m not surprised at all. This is who these people are. This is their agenda. We either push back against it vehemently or we collapse under its weight.
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