Reliance Radiance Foundation: Controversial Billboards Come To Texas
Perhaps because it would take up too much room to say "Honk if You Love Insane Conspiracy Theories," the new super-creepy billboards in Bryan simply show an African-American child under the terrifying slogan "Black & Unwanted."
Welcome to life as viewed through the paranoid lens of The Radiance Foundation, which teamed up with a Georgia anti-choice group to plaster similar billboards throughout that state. Now Texas gets to learn about why black kids are, per the Radiance Foundation, an "endangered species." (For the record, black children, like white children, are of the species "human," which is of the genus "homo," so we're a little concerned about the Radiance Foundation's wording, although we get their point).
The Radiance Foundation believes that abortion is prevalent among black women because evil entities like Planned Parenthood trick them into getting abortions -- rather than discuss alternatives -- as part of a diabolical plan to eliminate all blacks. It's an awesome conspiracy theory in that, while it purports to "reveal abortion's destruction in the black community", it's predicated entirely on the fact that the black community consists primarily of idiots.
Co-founder Ryan Bomberger told Lifenews that his organization is "exposing the lies and distortions of the abortion industry, and many are waking up to the truth. Adoption isn't the only solution to unintended pregnancies, but it is a beautiful alternative to abortion's destruction of hope and possibility." (Bomberger's bio states that "his biological mother was raped, yet still went through 9 months of pregnancy, choosing to give him Life. He was adopted at 6 weeks of age and grew up in a loving, multi-racial family of 15...")
We'll have to wait to see if the Bryan billboards take the same kind of heat they did in Georgia, where a group called SisterSong petitoned to have them removed. The head of that group, which calls itself a "women of color reproductive justice collective," told one publication that the Radiance Foundation tells black women "that we are now responsible for the genocide of our own people...We are now accused of 'lynching' our children in our wombs and practicing white supremacy on ourselves...This is what lies on steroids look like."
Of course, that's probably just what Whitey told her to say.
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