Posted By Sandra King on May 17, 2013
Growing up as a minority in the inner city, the word “feminism” was never mentioned. I may not have heard the word in my day-to-day living, but that doesn’t mean feminism wasn’t alive and thriving in the black community. During that time in my life, many mothers, including mine, wanted better for their daughters.
Our mothers wanted to protect us from anything that would hinder us from getting an education and having a career. Therefore, it was common back in the day for a young black teenage girl to get on “the pill” as soon as possible. The nearby clinic made it all possible for our mother’s dreams to come true. (Not for young readers.)
The woman who founded these clinics made it easy for our mothers to get us there. Since many families in the inner city were without transportation at the time, she put over 75% of her clinics in minority neighborhoods. We even got our pills free because we were “low income,” according to the clinic.
I remember asking my mother why I had to get on the pill. I thought the age of 13 was a little too young to take a pill every day. I wasn’t even sick. But she said, “Just in case you’re ever in a situation with a man you won’t get pregnant.”
She told me that all of my friends were on the pill. I was shocked to know that the girls that I played Red Rover and Hopscotch with were on the pill. I was so confused because they didn’t act like they were on the pill. They seemed normal, but obviously they didn’t let me in on the little secret they had. I was fine with that, because I wasn’t going to tell them my secret either. I couldn’t help but wonder if they were doing stuff with the little boys that were chasing us around the neighborhood that I didn’t know about? Maybe the founder of Planned Parenthood knew that and had a solution for us in case the pill failed us.
Read “Report Proves Planned Parenthood Targets Blacks, Hispanics” here.