“White Men Mansplain Racism”

Earlier this month the Great Falls Tribune Editorial Board found themselves in some hot water with readers because they ran an editorial cartoon by Gary McCoy about Planned Parenthood and its chief executive. You can see the cartoon HERE.

First of all, it is nice that the Tribune Editorial Board (I might start calling them “The Bored” or “The Boring”) created a little controversy in our sleepy little town of Great Falls, Montana. The weekly “free Barry Beach” letters are making me yawn.

I like it when the contents on the opinion page stir people in the community, but that does not happen enough in most Montana newspapers – they don’t like to make waves.

After the Tribune mentioned that the cartoon stirred some controversy from their readers, I had to go back and see it again to see what it was about. I did not particularly care for it. Some readers thought it was racist and I can see how they might interpret it that way.

Like most people, I wish there were fewer abortions, but abortions are legal. I also understand that abortions are a very small percentage of what Planned Parenthood does. They also provide valuable healthcare for women, men, and young people.

I wasn’t going to write about the cartoon or the Tribune Editorial Board, but yesterday I happened to catch the opinion in Sunday’s Tribune from three fellows who call themselves the “No Teams Team.” Read it HERE.

Yes, this is their real name – however silly it may sound.

According to the Tribune the No Teams column is written by Gregg Smith, David Weissman, and Dave Bertelsen, who are from Great Falls, Montana, USA. I am actually acquainted with all three in varying degrees.

The big news is the “No Teams Team” devoted 550 words to tell us that the cartoon published in the Tribune was not racist. They closed their column with these pearls of wisdom:

Think. Open your mind. Discuss. Debate. Don’t pick a “team” and mindlessly cheer for it.

I think the “No Teams Team” picked a subject they know little about, but we should thank them for playing. The people commenting about the column mostly feel the same way.

As of this morning about 43 people decided to comment about the column from the “No Teams Team.” One of my favorite lines was from a Brooklyn, New York, reader:

“No Teams Team” is an OK name for you guys. “Uninformed, Biased Opinion Team” would be even better and more accurate, but doesn’t roll off the tongue as well.

Someone else left this little jewel (below) in the comments, which is worthy enough to end this column with:

In “Water is Wet” News: White Men Mansplain Racism.

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3 thoughts on ““White Men Mansplain Racism”

  1. The cartoon is not racist but stating a fact of the percentage of PP’s locations based on their own records. Businesses go where the clientele are…

    With all the drama about contraception needing to be free and available through Obamacare, I wonder why abortions have not reduced…with choice comes responsibility, wouldn’t it be easier to not get pregnant in the first place?

    • Barry – As for “go where the clientele are…” the clinics are there, but not just for abortions.

      In regard to your contraception comments, I read a 2014 story in the Washington Post that said:

      The abortion rate in the United States dropped to its lowest point since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in all 50 states, according to a study suggesting that new, long-acting contraceptive methods are having a significant impact in reducing unwanted pregnancies.

      Here’s the link:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-abortion-rate-at-lowest-point-since-1973/2014/02/02/8dea007c-8a9b-11e3-833c-33098f9e5267_story.html?hpid=z2

      As for free birth control, yes:
      https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/birth-control-benefits/

      -JmB

    • PP is THE Medicaid provider in some states. Three states want to deny Federal funding for PP, contrary to Federal law. PP puts clients where they are accessible to their patients, whether it’s for lack of public transportation or other factors.

      http://www.wsj.com/articles/hhs-warns-states-of-possible-violation-in-ending-medicaid-funds-for-planned-parenthood-1439392786

      “Three states said last week they will block hundreds of thousands of dollars from Planned Parenthood: Alabama and Louisiana moved to block funds under Medicaid, the state-federal health program for the poor, while New Hampshire’s Executive Council is blocking state funding, so its move isn’t subject to federal oversight. Planned Parenthood currently doesn’t perform abortions in Louisiana but does in the two other states.

      Planned Parenthood said it is evaluating its options in the states that moved to defund clinics. It added it now is watching for potential defunding measures in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

      The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a unit of HHS, has notified Alabama and Louisiana, which have taken action to terminate their Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood, that they may be in conflict with federal law, HHS said. The agency said that, by restricting providers, women could lose access to critical preventive care, such as cancer screenings.”

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