Life Always erected an ad in New York City that simply stated: “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” The New York Times reported that Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, condemned the ad:
“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.”
Al Sharpton was going to protest but called off his demonstration when Lamar Advertising caved to pressure and committed to taking the advertisement down. CNN reports that Hal Kilshaw, a spokesman for the company, said “we believe in people’s right to advertise” and that the copy was okay and that despite the fact that they are taking the sign down, “we stand behind that [original] decision.” I guess we all have different definitions of what “stand behind” means.
That the womb is a dangerous place for black babies is beyond question. Earlier this year it was reported that in NYC in 2009, there were 40,798 abortions compared to 27,405 live births. The New York Sun reported that the Reverend Michael Faulkner of the New Horizon Church in Harlem said the stats proved abortion is “the leading cause of death among African Americans” in the city.
The fact that there are some people more offended by a sign advertising the fact abortion kills a disproportionate number of blacks than the near genocidal abortion rates for blacks betrays a frightening set of priorities among the offended.