|E. W. Jackson|
Reporters are treating this as an unimaginable gaffe. Their theme is that, by picking a candidate who would say such a thing, the GOP has proven that it hasn't learned anything from its poor performance in recent elections. I won't comment on whether or not the GOP has learned anything; only time will tell. My gripe with this news coverage is that none of the reporters bothered to point out that what Jackson said about Planned Parenthood is factually accurate.
It is true. Full stop.
In 2011, the last year for which figures are available, Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in the United States. Nationally, 37% of abortions are performed on black women, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. We can therefore surmise that in one year alone, Planned Parenthood killed approximately 123,567 unborn African-American children.
As for the KKK, estimates vary. The Tuskegee Institute has documented 3,446 lynchings of black Americans between 1882 and 1968. But not all KKK murders were done by lynching, and some lynching incidents were committed by racists independent of the KKK. In any event, the number of blacks killed by the KKK, in its entire history, does not approach 123,567.
Secular Pro-Life is not a partisan organization. Jackson may or may not be the best choice for lieutenant governor of Virginia; that is for voters to decide. He's taken controversial positions on many other issues, including opposition to gay rights, which should absolutely be up for debate.
But if you're going to oppose him, oppose him because of his opinions. Don't oppose him because he dared to state an uncomfortable fact. Facts are not gaffes. And facts that support the pro-life position are... still not gaffes.