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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Nixon's Racist View on Abortion

I just read in Time magazine a disgusting, revealing quotation from recently released tapes of Richard Nixon (you mean we didn't already have them all? Where have they been?!)

"There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white. Or a rape."

Not when you have a severely deformed fetus. Not in cases of incest. Nor cases of extreme poverty. Or severe risk to the mother's health. No, what comes to tricky Dicky's mind is the horror of a white girl (let's be honest--he wasn't thinking of the more historically common occurence of black women becoming pregnant by white men) giving birth to a (half-)black baby. Probably revealing of his own psyche concerning his daughters--anything but THAT!

And, sadly, it was no doubt a common sentiment of the time, and hardly extinct in our time. Sad.

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