This article is copied from MSN Sports as reported on August 6, 2016
Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson has not hesitated to speak out on the state of race relations in the United States, but he’s drawing both criticism and praise for claiming that Planned Parenthood was created to “exterminate blacks” and that “it’s working.”
In an interview with the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, Watson, a devout Christian, said that he’s puzzled by why so many blacks support Planned Parenthood.
“I do know that blacks kind of represent a large portion of the abortions, and I do know that honestly the whole idea with Planned Parenthood and (group founder Margaret) Sanger in the past was to exterminate blacks, and it’s kind of ironic that it’s working,” Watson said.
“We (as minorities) support candidates, and overwhelmingly support the idea of having Planned Parenthood and the like, and yet, that is why she created it. We are buying it hook, line, and sinker, like it’s a great thing. It’s just amazing to me and abortion saddens me, period, but it seems to be something that is really pushed on minorities and provided to minorities especially as something that they should do.
“In the public, it seems to be painted that when minorities get pregnant they need to get abortions, especially when it comes to teen pregnancy. It’s like when black girls are pregnant, it’s like a statistic, but when white girls get pregnant, they get a TV show.”
Watson continued his criticism, saying blacks are “killing our children.”
“We sit here and talk about advancing the black agenda, whatever that means, we talk about our interests, and what’s important to us — like having political power and advancement and all those things — and then we are turning around and we are killing our children,” Watson said. “And we are buying the lie that it’s our personal decision to make.”
Watson also posted a link to his Facebook page about a story on his comments, adding that, (A) lot of the women wouldn’t be having abortions if the men would step up and be a part of what they are already biologically a part of.”
Watson’s incendiary comments on such a controversial issue have drawn a predictable mix of praise and criticism in social media. Just check out the comments on his Facebook page.
Watson is certainly not the first person to point out Sanger’s racist views, which were unfortunately common in American society in the early 20th century. But as a popular NFL star sharing the message on social media, that history might find a new audience unaware of Planned Parenthood’s origins.
The 35-year-old Watson signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Ravens in the off season.
Dear Rev. Caroza, I do not know you, nor you me. I am a member of Mr. Leroy Jackson’s home church, Assembly of God Cathedral. He has pointed out this post to us. We are now officially boycotting this blog.
Well, if you would boycott someone who has been a staunch defender of your cause simply over a poorly worded headline for which I have apologized and have since altered, then I feel sorry for you.
My apologies for the misunderstanding.
Father, with all due respect, how DARE you! I will use the word “racist” when and where I see fit. I stand by my original comment 100%. You lumped all African-Americans together when you said “finally”. How many African-Americans do you even know up there in Crackerville? I have to say that this is a very sad, unexpected turn of events on what used to be my 12th favorite blog.
Well, all I can say is I feel very sorry for you. All the good you would like to do will be defeated by your own anger and your callously throwing the race card around. That doesn’t win people over to your position; it only further alienates them and makes people who would have supported you turn against you, like myself. If you had said my title was insensitive, I might have agreed with you and stood corrected and apologized, but it was not racist. You come across not as level-headed and respectful but as hate-filled, and I do not correspond with hate-filled people as it is only a waste of time. What’s worse, your anger will only encourage those who truly hold racist positions to feel justified in holding them, thus you inadvertently make the situation worse. I pray that God will help you understand that you are destroying your own noble ideals. Please think of how Christ would respond in any situation and then go and do the same. Peace my friend.
Good afternoon, Father. I respectfully suggest the title is inappropriate. I, too, was taken aback and I am rarely taken aback.
Father, your title for this post is racist. “Finally!”?? I am a member of the black community and I’ve known about PP lies for all my life, same for my family, same for many friends, especially at Church. How many in the black community do YOU know? So racist. And I used to love this blog and recommend it to all in the black community! For shame!
Thank you for your reply. I’m truly sorry if you were offended by my title, as that was the farthest thing from my mind. I fail to see what is racist in my words, especially since we both agree. The fact is that I have been talking about this issue for years, and every opinion I’ve heard from African-American leaders in the past has been in praise of Planned Parenthood. I’m sure there are many African-Americans who see through the lies, but this is the first time I have heard someone in the African American community come out publicly and say so, which pleases me tremendously to finally hear. If other African-Americans have been saying it I haven’t been hearing it, which means either they haven’t been famous enough to get recognition or the press has been suppressing it.
Why is my comment racist? I’m defending African-Americans. Please do not take what I am about to say as an attack but as a friendly piece of advice: be very careful throwing the word “racist” around. There are indeed many truly racist arguments and people out there, but I think the word “racist” is most powerfully used when used accurately. I have always been a supporter of the rights of African-Americans, and there was nothing racist in my comment; in fact, it was quite the contrary, as I have been defending African-Americans against Planned Parenthood’s genocidal agenda for over 25 years, so calling me racist is definitely not true. I would advise everyone against throwing the word “racist” into an argument any time you disagree with someone, as it may only weaken your point and may turn away people who otherwise might agree with you. It is best saved for the many truly racist cases out there that need attention, for which I hope we can always work together to correct.
Thank you for your support of my column and for recommending people read it. I appreciate the support and I hope we can always work together for the causes we both share and care about.
Thank you for your response. I apologize if my title was insensitive. Perhaps I should have reworded it to read thus: “Finally! The press acknowledges that not all African-Americans are Planned Parenthood supporters.” It has been a constant frustration of mine that all the major leaders in the African-American community who have been quoted on abortion and Planned Parenthood are supporters. I was certain there had to be African-Americans who saw through Planned Parenthood’s racism but you never hear from them. I was reacting to that fact and certainly not trying to pigeon-hole the entire community. If I came across that way I regret it and I truly apologize.
Please do whatever you can to mobilize the African-American community to speak out vocally against Planned Parenthood. You have the power to dispel their lies and end their racist genocidal pogrom against minorities. You can effect great changes if you do.
May God bless you always!
I’m not a black.