by Michael Avramovich
Over the past several years, I have written a number of articles regarding the genocide taking place today against black babies, and have referred to the long-time and direct involvement of Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortionist and baby part mills, in black communities. Typically, I have written the articles in conjunction with Black History Month, one of which is available here. The number of abortions in the black community is a gruesome and dark stain on African-American history that is mostly unknown. In fact, for every person murdered by someone with a handgun in the United States, more than 100 babies are aborted, of which approximately 36 percent are black. More than 60 million abortions in the United States have taken place since 1973, and it is estimated that approximately 20 million abortions have been performed on African-American women. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), African-American women are more than four times more likely to have an abortion than non-Hispanic white women. In 2012, more black babies were aborted in New York City than were born, and the aborted black babies were 42.4% of all abortions performed in that city. However, for merely compiling facts and figures from the CDC, I received no threats of any kind, but such is not always the case.
is a law student at Ohio State University (“OSU”) and an editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. (As we have heard repeatedly regarding Mr. Obama, he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review, and serving as an editor on a law review is one of the highest academic honors bestowed on law school students.) Ms. Gesiotto recently penned a commentary that appeared in The Washington Times, titled “The Number One Killer of Black Americans,” available here. In her commentary, Ms. Gesiotto exposed the high percentage of abortions on black babies. She wrote:
You won’t believe what the number one killer of black Americans is. It isn’t heart disease, it isn’t cancer, it isn’t homicide and it isn’t motor vehicle accidents. In fact, the number one killer of black Americans is abortion. Despite a lack of reporting by California, New Hampshire and Maryland, a total of 730,322 abortions were reported to the CDC in 2011, the most recently published reporting year. 405,994 of these reported abortions included cross-classified race/ethnicity data for 2011, of which 146,856 were reported to be black American abortions, equaling about 36 percent of the total number of abortions with reported race statistics.
As a result of her article, she was threatened by another OSU law student, but not one that she knew. But interestingly, when Ms. Gesiotto set up a meeting with OSU officials to discuss her physical safety, law school officials dismissed her concerns. Ms. Gesiotto recalled how school officials said, “This is a flawed article, it’s not a good legal piece; it’s not a good journalistic piece either.” Ms. Gesiotto further stated, “[School officials] asked me to explain to them why I would put [this and that line] in, what that means, and how I should have followed that up by saying other things to support these black women.” When Ms. Gesiotto said she tried repeatedly to direct the conversation back to the threat made against her, but the deans appeared to “blow it off,” in Ms. Gesiotto’s words. After the meeting with school officials, Ms. Gesiotto said, “I was so shocked. I’ve never been in a situation with people I respected and looked up to and felt so violated.”
Ohio State University is now under criticism for ignoring the threat against Ms. Gesiotto. Since the last time most of us have been at university, the lexicon of Orwellian university-speak has changed dramatically. Students now speak about “micro-aggressions,” “trigger warnings,” and “safe spaces.” The notion of the “safe space” first emerged to describe a place of refuge for people exposed to racial prejudice or sexism. But as Nadine Strossen, a law professor and former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, recently observed that the phrase “safe space” has now changed its meaning to imply protection from “exposure to ideas that make one uncomfortable.” Further, lecturers in some English departments are warning students of the potentially traumatic effects of reading literary classics that are considered “unsafe” to read. Reading lists at some universities are being adapted to come with warnings printed beside certain titles: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Trigger: suicide, domestic abuse, and graphic violence) and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Trigger: suicidal tendencies). And don’t even think about putting The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain or Dante Alighieri’s Inferno on any reading list.
The hesitation now to engage in thoughtful debate and a sense that hearing opposing opinions damages the human psyche is a terribly dangerous development in the modern American university. For those among us who have had the privilege of legal education, it is particularly out of place as every case describes a wrongful death, a person defrauded, violations of human rights, divorce and domestic abuse, a child born without an intact nervous system, a person falsely accused or wrongly convicted of a crime, the victims of war, and so on, which represent one painful, horrifying episode of human misery after another. Ms. Gesiotto did a public service in exposing the genocide going on in our country against black babies. Ohio State University owes an obligation to protect her as she exercises her First Amendment freedom of speech, especially from her fellow law students. If you wish to call or write OSU Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law, Alan C. Michaels, you can reach him at email@example.com or at 614.292.0574. I am sure that he would be very happy to hear from you regarding Ms. Gesiotto.