Racist, anti-choice propaganda coming to a hair salon near you

In their ongoing efforts to target black women, anti-choice groups now appear to be taking their message to the hair salons.

Anti-choice organizers were “working the crowd” at a trade show for barbers and hair stylists in Atlanta this past weekend, hoping to convince them to discuss the evils of abortion in their shops.

LifeSiteNews reports:

According to the organizers of the “Samson Project” – named for the long-haired Nazirite of the Old Testament – over 1,000 people committed to watching their DVD, and talking about abortion’s tragic impact on the black community in their shops.

At a booth set up among displays of blow dryers, hair buzzers and samples of creams and lotions at the Bronner Brothers Int. Hair show, the Samson Project offered something completely different. Under a banner reading “Life Talks,” pro-life workers handed out folders with information on the disproportionately high abortion rates for black women, a copy of MAAFA 21, the documentary on black genocide in 21st century America, and a window decal for their shops.

I’m curious to see whether the 1,000 hairdressers who have committed to being anti-choice advocates in their workplace actually follow through. Seems risky. As Christina Martin, the director of Bound4Life Atlanta, said, “There’s a real sense of community and togetherness as conversations ring high over the noise of blow dryers and buzzers.” Wonder what happens to that sense of community when you start spouting anti-choice propaganda to women who have probably either had an abortion themselves or have loved someone who has?

I’m guessing women who don’t really feel like being accused of committing genocide against their race while getting their curls done might just, oh I dunno, go to a different salon? Or, better yet, they might even talk back. See, that’s the tricky thing about inviting folks to talk about abortion: their actual, lived experiences might challenge the anti-choice talking points on some DVD.

Related:
The continuing fight against anti-abortion billboards targeting communities of color
New racist anti-choice billboard campaign to target Latinas
President Obama’s face used on most recent anti-choice billboard campaign
New racist anti-choice billboards show up in NYC

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/mighty-ponygirl/ Mighty Ponygirl

    Oh to be a fly on the wall.

  • http://feministing.com/members/whathadhappenedwas/ whathadhappenedwas

    Next they’ll be hitting up bbq stands and chicken restaurants. This is so sad. The worst part is that as ridiculous as this is there are many members of the black community that don’t spend a lot of time focusing on looking deeper into political information presented to us. I’ll never forget how many people at the HBCU I attended said they voted for Bush bc they seriously felt as if their personal safety was at risk if they didn’t. Blew my mind.