For three days, African-American protesters took to the streets in cities across the nation to draw attention to the disproportionately high number of African-American abortions.
They called it the Say So March – three days of marching and protesting and begging the nation to hear their cries that there are some scary implications behind the number of aborted Black babies in America.
Their shirts were flaunting a powerful message: “Stop funding racism from abortion.”
One group of protesters marched in D.C. up to the steps of the Supreme Court.
They have statistics to back up their cause and influential speakers who came out to show support.
So where are all the news stations, camera crews and the media spotlight?
Despite bringing together more than 400 protestors from Oct. 11 to 13, many people know nothing about the Say So marchers or their cause.
In addition to raising awareness about the high number of abortions in the African-American community, the group also wanted to call for action. The marches were these protesters’ way of mobilizing the Black community and attempting to become a fortified front against what could be considered yet another systematic attack on the Black community.
The organization behind the Say So Marches, Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN), published a press release that claimed more than 1,700 Black children are killed every day by abortion alone.
“Can we solve the problems in our community when we still kill 1,452 of our own children every day,” Damon Owens asked at the first Say So March. “The answer is simply no! Will ending abortion solve all the problems in our community? Of course not, but we won’t solve any problem in our community as long as abortion exists.”
While the media have been rather disinterested in the cause, supporters of the march consider the number of Black abortions to be nothing short of a new age Holocaust.
Black women only account for 12 percent of the population yet they account for nearly 40 percent of all abortions.
Even more troubling is the fact that African-Americans are reportedly beneath the replacement rate of the existing population, LEARN said.
“It is time for us to wake up and stop this holocaust,” said Starr Parker, the founder and president of CURE (Coalition on Urban Renewal Education), according to LEARN’s press release.
CURE is also referred to as the Boycott of Planned Parenthood.
“It is time for our congressional leaders and Supreme Court to understand that we need a new civil rights amendment,” Starr continued in the press release. “We need to overthrow Roe v Wade! It is time for us to stand up and say Roe v Wade and Dred Scott read verbatim and there is something
wrong with calling a human being, a human life, property.”
Regardless of personal stances on the issue, it is troubling that Say So Marches have not received much media attention on a national or local level, but there could be an explanation.
While the demonstrations have garnered more than 400 supporters, those supporters were spread out between different cities. This means in each separate city the turnout didn’t actually hit the 400-person mark.
Unfortunately, major media outlets aren’t likely to mobilize camera crews and reporters without seeing a much larger turnout.
When sheer numbers aren’t enough to garner media attention, social media is the next best thing – something that also didn’t reach its full potential in these particular demonstrations.
A #SaySoMarch hashtag never started trending and so far has only garnered a handful of tweets.
The group plans to continue to push for social and political changes that could drastically decrease the number of abortions in the Black community. As the group continues to build momentum and pick up more supporters along the way, maybe then it will get the major media spotlight it has been looking for.