It may not be immediately obvious how the fight over abortion rights is tied to the “great replacement” theory — the debunked conspiracy theory promoted by some Republican politicians who claim that Democrats support more immigration to “replace” white American voters. But the explanation for, say, an alleged gaffe that overturning the constitutional right to an abortion is a “historic victory of white life” or a concern that not enough white babies are being born in the U.S. can be found in the history of the anti-abortion movement.
The movement to end legal abortion has a long, racist history, and like the great replacement theory, it has roots in a similar fear that white people are going to be outnumbered by people believed to hold a lower standing in society. Those anxieties used to be centered primarily around various groups of European immigrants and newly emancipated slaves, but now they’re focused on non-white Americans who, as a group, are on track to numerically outpace non-Hispanic white Americans by 2045, according to U.S. Census projections.
It’s been decades since the anti-abortion movement first gained traction — and the movement has changed in certain ways — but this fundamental fear has never left, as demonstrated by attacks on people of color, such as the shooter in Buffalo, New York, who expressed concern about the declining birth rates of white people. That’s because the anti-abortion movement, at its core, has always been about upholding white supremacy.
Remember when Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog was a reputable and trustworthy site for bipartisan analysis of political issues and opinion polls? Yeah, me too. Sadly, that was before it was acquired by Walt Disney Co. and corrupted by the political-activism tripe that infiltrates ESPN/ABCNews/etc.
And that’s why we now get ridiculous nonsense like this from FiveThirtyEight: an attempt to claim that racism and the Great Replacement Theory is behind the pro-life movement.
The woke movement attempt to tie everything to racism nowadays. If you vote Republican, you’re racist. If you support police, you’re racist. If you believe professional athletes should stand for the national anthem, you’re racist. Et cetera and so on. It’s certainly not a surprise that someone would attempt to claim people who are pro-life are racist. No, the theory isn’t surprising, but the source might be, just a little bit.
As the political pendulum begins to swing back to the right in America, and the woke pundits desperately claw and scratch in their efforts to paint anyone whose political thought processes don’t fit the status quo, I’m constantly being proven wrong when I think I can’t possibly read an op-ed that makes any less sense than the one I just read.
And that’s the case today, as I scroll through the FiveThirtyEight diatribe. It’s an argument that’s simply moronic, so rotten to its core that there’s no way even its authors believe the drivel they’re spewing.
Opposition to abortion is rooted in racism and white supremacists desire to hang on to racial power? Since when? Based on what? It is an argument that is such a stretch that the authors attempt to tie the race-motivated supermarket shooting in Buffalo, N.Y. to the anti-abortion movement — despite the fact that there’s absolutely zero evidence that the Buffalo shooter was motivated by the abortion issue in any way.
As for the argument that white people are opposed to abortion because they feel some absurd inner desire to see white women have more babies, there’s simply nothing to back up the claim. As The Federalist correctly points out, black women have abortions at a rate that is four times that of white women. So if white supremacists are motivated by the abortion issue, it should be to support abortion as a legal tool for seeing fewer babies of color born.
Furthermore, opinion polling data from Gallup shows that black Americans find abortion morally unacceptable at about the same rate as non-black Americans (54% vs. 57%). So, again, how is this a racist issue?