Racist Anti-Abortion Billboards in Oakland, Cali

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Dear American society, black people are not the only ones having abortions. According to reports from MercuryNews.com, “a national anti-abortion advertising campaign targeting inner-city minorities with racial-specific billboards reached Oakland this month with at least 25 “Black & Beautiful” signs plastered in East and West Oakland.” Abortion is prevalent in America period, and it is practiced by all races of women. With that fact in mind, it is not taken kindly that the Radiance Foundation — an organization against Planned Parenthood — appears to be using billboards to zero in on black females.

MercuryNews.com proceeded to say that the black anti-abortion ad “…features the picture of a black infant under the bold-lettered title “Black & Beautiful,” [and] direct[s] residents to an anti-abortion website.” Oakland, California, is not the only state to see ads like these. Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles all have black anti-abortion billboards erected across their cities. The first of this series of billboards was showcased in Atlanta in 2009, and that particular one compared abortion to slavery.

People have the right to oppose abortion, but things start getting offensive when ads begin to call out specific races of people when abortion knows no color.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.

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