ACTRESS Jodie Turner-Smith gave birth at home rather than in a hospital because of “systemic racism”, according to a report in the New York Post this week.
The black British actress told the Post:
“We had already decided on a home birth because of concerns about negative birth outcomes for black women in America.”
“According to the Centre for Disease Control, the risk of pregnancy-related deaths is more than three times greater for black women than for white women, pointing, it seems to me, to systemic racism.”
Turner-Smith could have given birth by a river to be more culturally attuned. But I digress.
Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken two months since the death of George Floyd for someone to finally bring systemic racism in the maternity ward to public attention.
I say that because I well remember the day after I was born and placed in the recovery room with the other newborn babies. The “N” word was just flying around the room.
Of course, I only heard it because I was in the front row. All the minority babies were made to lay in cribs up the back.
I’ll never forget lying on the white sheet they had provided for me and thinking, “Wow. They’re not even trying to disguise it.”
But before we defund hospitals we might want to consider that the pregnancy-related death rate for black women may be due to factors other than white supremacist nurses lurking menacingly in post-natal suites.
Asthma related deaths are three times greater for African Americans than for whites. Does this mean asthma is racist? Perhaps the inhalers discriminate.
Diabetes related deaths are also more common in blacks than in whites. Defund insulin.
Blacks have a much higher rate of teen pregnancy which is a factor in higher rates of death during childbirth. But rather than call attention to this social problem, it’s much easier just to make stuff up.
I once had a bad case of indigestion bought on by systemic racism and eating too fast. But mostly I blame systemic racism.
What exactly is Jodie Turner-Smith, who is married to former Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson, suggesting when she says systemic racism in hospitals is responsible for black women dying in childbirth?
Are hospitals turning away black women? Are midwives targeting black mum’s for death?
If we want to talk about blacks dying in pregnancy, we might have a conversation about the fact that blacks represent 13% of the American population and yet account for five times as many abortions as whites.
Abortionists, who typically set up in poor black neighborhoods, kill 1000 black babies every day. This is the one form of actual systemic racism in America and the only form of systemic racism no-one wants to talk about.
It’s not Planned Parenthood killing black babies every day but hospitals assisting black children to be born in a safe, professional environment that is the real race problem in America.
Just don’t tell Beyonce, who reportedly took over an entire hospital floor when she last gave birth.
As for home births, a report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in February found that nearly 14 newborns per 10,000 live births died following planned home births – more than four times the rate for babies born in hospitals.
When you endanger the life of your newborn in order to engage in post-natal virtue signalling, you’ve done nothing to end imagined systemic racism, but you’ve certainly proven that endemic stupidity is a thing.
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James Macpherson is a sought after international speaker with a background in journalism at the Courier Mail and Daily Telegraph. He previously pastored a significant church in Australia and South Africa. James' weekly Good Sauce podcast comes out every Tuesday. He also writes regularly for The Spectator.