Harvard Legal Scholar Laurence Tribe Equates Pro-Life Position with White Supremacy

Harvard Legal Scholar Laurence Tribe Equates Pro-Life Position with White Supremacy
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Way back when I was one-half of the KXGO Morning Zoo, my partner and I messed up the daily trivia challenge question and awarded that day’s prize for a wrong answer. In fact, none of the multiple choices we’d given were correct. So we decided to have a little fun at our own expense, and announced that the rest of the show would be “Fact-Free Radio.” Every single thing we said — weather, time, artists, songs, etc. — was 100% untrue*. It was fun to be completely wrong for a couple of hours.

But that’s nothing compared to the fun Harvard legal scholar Laurence Tribe must have with his 24/7/365 100% fact-free Twitter feed. Sunday morning, for reasons unknowable to Man or God, Tribe took to Twitter to bless the world with this gem:

It doesn’t matter where you stand on abortion — staunchly pro-life, completely pro-choice, or somewhere in the middle — Tribe’s assertion was, as Twitchy’s PolitiBunny put it, “a garbage take.”

“Department of No” got it exactly right, as you’ll see.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s most recent figures (2015), black women accounted for 40% of all abortions in the U.S., despite black Americans making up only about 13% of the population. For white women, the numbers were 49% and 72%, respectively. So on a long enough timeline — say, one dating back to Roe v. Wade — the end result of readily available legal abortion has been to keep the black population growing more slowly than the white population.

So you’d have to be pretty stupid, even for a white supremacist, to support both white supremacy and outlawing abortion.

Richard Spencer, who is the best that sad little “movement” has, had this to say in 2017 about abortion and minorities:

In a way, contraception has been terribly dysgenic in the sense that it is only the smart people that really use it. Smart people are not using abortion as birth control. Smart people are using abortion when you have a situation like Down Syndrome or you have a situation where the health of the mother is at risk. I would say that it is the unintelligent and blacks and Hispanics who use abortion as birth control, as a kind of late-term birth control.


We should recognize that the pro-life movement—this is not the alt-right, this has nothing in common with identitarians, and I think we should be genuinely suspicious of people who think in terms of human rights and who are interested in adopting African children and bringing them to this country and who get caught up on this issue.

If that wasn’t quite clear enough, Spencer concluded by saying, “Pro-lifers want to be radically dysgenic, egalitarian, multi-racial human rights thumpers— and they’re not us.”

Emphasis added.

So this shouldn’t surprise you, but Spencer would like to see fewer black babies being born, via abortion if need be, and more white babies being born, unless the mother wants to abort so-called “defectives.” You could call that a lot of things, but “anti-abortion” isn’t any of them.

Yet Tribe isn’t alone. Back in May, HuffPo’s Andy Campbell claimed that “Alabama’s Abortion Bill Is Great News For White Supremacists.” His evidence? Some stuff he read on Gab — and never you mind what actual supremacists like Spencer say.

What we have here I guess is the “Ray Charles Is God Theory” of progressive thought. You know the old syllogism:

• Ray Charles is blind
• Love is blind
• God is love
• Therefore, Ray Charles is God

(For the record, I’m a huge Ray Charles fan — but maybe not that huge.)

To the deep-thinkers inhabiting the American Left, it’s:

• White supremacists are bad
• Pro-lifers are bad
• I hate bad things
• Therefore, white supremacists are pro-life

This is not how serious thinkers think. Tribe, once upon a time, used to be a serious thinker. Now he’s just a highly credentialed member of the Twitter Outrage Mob.

Or to put it even more succinctly:

Tribe has enjoyed a distinguished legal career, including arguing before the Supreme Court 36 times. These days he makes about as much sense (and gets about as much respect) as Tom Arnold.


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