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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter to the editor: Viewing racism from a different angle

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  • To the editor:
    The owner of the L.A. Clippers, Donald Sterling, was accused of making
    racist marks against African-Americans a couple of weeks ago and was under
    intense media scrutiny. This was even the lead story on some news
    channels, and shows why the media chooses to cover what they want and ignore
    what they choose to ignore.
    Racism is evil and always wrong, but if the media were really fair about
    covering racism, they should focus on something that is killing more
    African-Americans at this time: abortion.
    Is the abortion industry targeting African-Americans? I cannot say, but the following is what two leading African-American activists have to say.
    African-American pastor and northeast region president of the Life, Education
    and Resource Network said this: "The abortion industry kills as
    many black people every four days as the Klan killed in 150 years. Since
    1973, legal abortion has killed more blacks than AIDS, cancer, diabetes,
    heart disease, and violent crimes combined."
    Was the next Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson or Lebron James among those legally killed in the womb?
    What I'm getting at is this: If Donald Sterling had come out and said
    that he was pro-abortion — I have no knowledge that he is nor am I
    suggesting that he is — would the media have made this a huge story? We
    know they wouldn't have, right?
    But, why do those who support abortion, which disproportionately kills minorities, get a pass?
    Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alveda King, said this: "The most
    obvious practitioner of racism in the U.S. today is Planned Parenthood. … The most positive step we can take to end racism is to end the hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies given to an organization that fulfills the dreams of the Ku Klux Klan. Planned Parenthood is the baby-killing giant in the U.S."
    So, I won't hold my breath awaiting for the NBA commissioner to suspend
    any pro-abortion owners, but if Sterling gets suspended and/or forced to
    sell his team, why not them, too?
    Michael Rachiele
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