Cheng Guangcheng’s escape from house arrest is worthy of attention. It is a human rights issue that is not being discussed and is a soft spot for people of color.
In China, large families have long been regarded as a blessing. The Chinese seem to require more persuasion to reduce the birth rate than their American counterparts. Cheng discovered that officials were forcing parents of two children to be sterilized, while women carrying their third baby were being compelled to have abortions.
Ironically, options held in American law to be a woman’s to choose are being forced on women by law in China against their will and in egregious cruel ways. Imagine being a young woman and being forced into doctor’s office to be sterilized. Not so pretty now is it? There are many that say that the threat of over population is the necessary evil to fight. It is not. In fact there are several reports out now that say the contradict that.
Contemplate the following:
According to The UN:
– In 1975, the mean global age was 22. In 2050, it will be 38.
– Europe’s population will shrink to 12 percent. Europe had 25 percent of the world’s population in 1900. By 2050, Europe will have only seven percent. In 1900, Europe had three times the population of Africa.
– China has had a one-child policy. Within 100 years, China will have far more boys than girls.
-South Korea faces a similar problem. Because of abortion of females, kindergartens in Seoul today have around 60 percent boys.
The hot topic not being discussed is what would happen if Cheng Guangcheng’s true issue was discussed. How the world would handle it? Would it still consider him to be a person flying from injustice? These are the issues no one wants to talk about.
As African Americans we have watched the genocide of our people through poverty of the body and the mind. Yet, we do not seek political asylum. We do not become truly knowledgeable of the actual evil in the world that profits from the pure misery of the containment of our reproductive organs or the poisoning of our mind with the “It’s my body.”mantra. In the United States, the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented data in March 2008 indicating that black teens were more than twice as likely as their white or Mexican-American counterparts to have one or more of the four STIs studied (chlamydia, trichomoniasis, genital herpes and human papillomavirus), independent of income and number of sexual partners. Reported cases of syphilis are triple the rate for Hispanics than for whites, according to the American Social Health Association. According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, the AIDS case rate for African-American men is more than eight times that for whites; the rate for Latinos is more than three times that for whites. Hispanic women are more than twice as likely as whites to be diagnosed with cervical cancer; black women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women, but 30% more likely to die from it.
What are we going to learn from this as a people? Are we going to fall into line with the rest of the world and watch the poison of the world’s ethics wash away our struggle? Cheng is a stark reminder that silence about bio-ethics can no longer be silenced.We need to take a role of responsibility and knowledge.
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