While this year’s Super Bowl game is certain to yield some its highest ratings and CBS rakes in the advertising dough it will not be without some controversy. Somehow grossly overpaid male athletes pummeling each other chasing after a ball has been sold as entertainment. That’s highly suggestive I know. Regardless there’s a built-in audience of millions who do watch even if it’s only to see the Half-Time show. What I’ve always found interesting is the mix of selling alcohol, soda, objectifying women and the aggression of the sport with puritanical American views.
When Janet Jackson unleashed her bare breast people where aghast and the backlash has reverberated far beyond one moment. This year’s advertising has received a lot of attention. It’s interesting to note how Pepsi decided to NOT advertise through a traditional 30 sec commercial and instead opted to utilize social media. Now there’s a story! This campaign will be studied and modeled after if it’s successful. If the largest companies start pulling out what will the network do? It seems they’ve answered that question by allowing Focus on the Family to run a anti-abortion propaganda piece in its place. Ah the smell of conservatism really stinks up the room. Now many people have strong feelings for or against abortion but let’s explore this a little more.
FOTF claims to be a Christian religious organization and they are well-funded. I say claim because while they may say they know Jesus and are doing God’s work I’m more than a little wary of groups that suggest the current President is some version of the Anti-Christ. I’m also weary of these so-called religious groups being allowed to not pay taxes while undertaking blatant political subversion in denying the rights of people whose “lifestyles” are different from what they prefer. A lot of their “religious” rhetoric sounds like typical racism, sexism, inequality and the dumbing down of informed thoughts as a political movement in disguise. With money and a plan these groups can affect elections and take away rights of citizens. They also don’t tend to practice compassion or humility. It’s all about CONTROL and leading sheep to their slaughter until one of their “leaders” gets busted for a sex scandal that either involves: a) female prostitute b) gay male c) child molestation d) outright thievery. After which someone will appear on camera with crocodile tears, claiming the “Lord” healed them…and give them more money pronto!
People really turn off their brains in critical matters but allow their most base negativity to be encouraged. Hypocrisy is defined as “a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles”. In other words: FAKING THE FUNK. Do what I say not how I live. They’re too busy casting stones to notice how easily they’re being manipulated. Any reinforcement of their whiteness or fake religiosity is meant with tacit approval as long as it’s “washed in the blood of Jesus”.
CBS refused to air an commercial featuring gay males in a loving relationship but still promote debauchery and castigation for heteros. That’s truly the American way. One interesting discussion is being explored at Womanist Musings. The blog host has pointed out that while so much attention has been given to FOTF with pushback by feminist organizations other examples of manipulation and control are being ignored when it comes to black women’s reproductive rights. You can pretty much guarantee that whenever there’s a discussion about “women” it’s most likely to be about cis gender, hetero, young white women. Also most feminist organizations are run by that same demographic though it will likely skew older. If that is to change other women who don’t fit that categorization will need to address that. Or do their own thing. The question one must always ask is whether it’s more sustainable to join these organizations en masse and change them from within, taking on leadership roles or separate while competing for the same resources? We know black women have always been at the forefront of every significant social change that has occurred in this country and the world because we’ve had to!
Black women in areas with higher black populations are being targeted by anti-abortion groups under the guise of “saving black babies”. I have this to say about abortion: if you are opposed to it, don’t do it! The end. Just leave everybody else alone. It is inherently sexist to focus on the women and put ALL of the responsibility for “saving” black people on them. It’s the same rabbit hole of the dead black community’s vampirism. Yes, I’m aware of the higher abortion rates for black women. I know Margaret Sanger was racist. I know Planned Parenthood tends to have offices in lower income neighborhoods. Look at ALL of the stats though and get a balanced perspective. Pointing to Sanger’s wish to use eugenics to control black populations is looked at as horrifying today but she was hardly the only white person who advocated for it. It was the early 1900’s. What’s the excuse today?
Don’t numerous blacks promote the same ideals of eugenics by constantly uplifting light-skin, white-skin, Euro-features, “good” hair and black males’ perpetual pursuit of white(-skinned) women? Don’t they wish to breed the “black” out? Many women who have abortions already have children. The largest population of children placed in foster care are African-American. Where’s the OUTRAGE over that? The “black” children that are usually chosen by families are often those who are half-white or half-something else as long as they aren’t too “black”. I find it interesting that some people want to focus on one woman who had clear flaws but revolutionized birth control so ALL women could make better choices, but are SILENT about the mass abandonment and devaluation of blackness and innocent children that goes on TODAY by other blacks. Meanwhile “missionaries” are trying to smuggle Haitian kids out of their country and suddenly having a Haitian baby is the latest crisis accessory.
If there is some vast conspiracy of getting rid of “black babies” perhaps the focus needs to be on all the abandoned children being left to fend for themselves. We’ve already discussed the 70% + out of wedlock birth rate at length here at this blog. While it’s true that women have to take responsibility for their choices it still comes down to MEN being just as irresponsible and not wanting to provide and protect to begin with. Where’s the concern for the quality of life for that child? Or are they expected to raise themselves? We see what happens to children who grow up around apathy and a lack of values as displayed in Dunbar Village depravity. Where’s the sex education for children coming from? Being ignorant doesn’t equate piety. Where’s the reinforcement of self-esteem for young women – or are they simply to be thought of as breeders? Where’s the PUNISHMENT for the rampant SEX & PHYSICAL ABUSE that has occurred in the black community? Fractured people who haven’t been dealt with their dysfunction don’t make the best decisions to begin with.
This focus on abortion and targeting only women is a nice ruse for some male-run but female foot-solider/cannon fodder participant group, organization or church to get funding (that the males control) to bash them for profit. If stability was that important to the “black community” then there would be a real focus on the family. Not on saving the latest male criminal, or supporting the achievements of black males who don’t uplift black women or give anything back or complaining about unemployment while looking to Obama as the key to resolving these and any myriad of issues. Blacks would have businesses established that employed other blacks that they regularly support. Males would police the behavior of other males. Certain neighborhoods wouldn’t be war zones. People would stop supporting anything and everyone that did not sustain them in a beneficial way ending the denigration, depravity and indifference. There’s a lot of external forces that need to be addressed for sure but the internal ones should take precedence.