Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson perverted the meaning of #BlackLivesMatter to smear Planned Parenthood – with falsehoods. Then he lectured the rest of us to get educated on the subject.
As we previously reported, Carson promoted the myth that Planned Parenthood’s goal is to control minority populations, rather than provide health services, when he appeared on Fox’s Your World show Wednesday. Last night, Carson said he “absolutely” stood by his comment, “no question about it,” when he appeared on The O’Reilly Factor.
Carson’s supposed evidence was that Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a believer in eugenics:
CARSON: Anybody can easily find out about Margaret Sanger and what kind of person she was and how she was a strong advocate of eugenics… and believed that certain members of the population weakened the population and was not enamored of black people. And it is quite true that the majority or plurality of their clinics are in minority neighborhoods.
…I think it’s a very clear direction that she’s going in with her philosophy.
First of all, Sanger is not going anywhere with her philosophy. She died in 1966, nearly 50 years ago. While it’s true she was tied to the then-popular eugenics movement, Planned Parenthood has specifically disavowed those views. The organization also makes an apt analogy, noting, “attempts to discredit the family planning movement because its early 20th-century founder was not a perfect model of early 21st-century values is like disavowing the Declaration of Independence because its author, Thomas Jefferson, bought and sold slaves.”
Furthermore, in 2011, when fact checking similar smears against Planned Parenthood by then-presidential candidate Herman Cain, FactCheck.org found that “only 9 percent of U.S. abortion clinics are in neighborhoods where half or more of residents are black, according to the most recent statistics.”
Carson continued, “Do those black lives matter? You know, the number one cause of death for black people is abortion.”
Not surprisingly, host Eric Bolling did not correct any of Carson’s fictions. Instead, Bolling asked what Carson would do to remedy the situation.
Ironically, Carson touted knowledge as the solution.
CARSON: One of the important things is to educate people. I encourage people to go and read about Margaret Sanger and go and read about the beginnings of this organization so that you know what you’re dealing with. You know, one of the ways that they’re able to perpetrate the deceit is because people are not informed. The more people are informed, the less likely these kinds of things happen. You know, some of our founders expressed how important it was to have an informed populace because they could not be manipulated.
But Dr. Inform Yourself revealed he does not practice what he preaches.
Bolling finally questioned whether Sanger’s “policy” is still in effect a hundred years after she opened her first clinic. “We’re talking over, literally, decades over time and the policy is still being implemented in 2015 of, literally, black population control through Planned Parenthood?” Bolling asked.
Astoundingly, Carson admitted he didn’t have the faintest idea as to whether modern-day Planned Parenthood supports eugenics or minority population control or maybe anything else about the organization.
CARSON: Well, what’s going on now versus what went on at the beginning, I don’t know. Probably, a lot of the people in Planned Parenthood themselves don’t know about this history and perhaps if they did, they wouldn’t be quite so anxious to be involved with it.
So Carson “absolutely” stands by his accusation that Planned Parenthood is trying to control black populations and he lectures the rest of us to learn about the organization – while Carson, himself, doesn’t seem to know a thing about it since the early 20th century.
Watch the deceit below, from the August 13 Your World.
Unfortunately, for all you CONcerned CONservatives, the appropriate hashtag would be
#BlackLivesMatterButNotAfterTheyExitTheVagina and you can’t deny it. (There is, of course, a subset of it: #BlackTokensMatter. And you, Mr Carson, are a prime example of it. If your views were more in line with any of the FoxNoise boogeymen—Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama—you’d be just as vilified. And any run-ins with the police that led to your “unfortunate” incarceration or death would be YOUR fault.)