Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, and now Texas all have anti-abortion, six-eight week early abortion bans, which means if your period is more than two weeks late. It is too late to choose an abortion.
Texas is the ninth state to pass such a bill, named by the anti-choice movement that lobbies for them as “fetal heartbeat bills”. The term is a misnomer, because at six weeks of gestation there is neither a fetus nor a heartbeat. Indeed, there is no heart.2021, “The Texas abortion ban is a performance of misogyny. But it might get worse” by Moira Donegan. The Guardian.
Early abortion bans are the subjugation of women, and it will be a familiar hell for Black women.
Mississippi has the largest Black population in the United States, and Georgia also has a sizable African American population. Most African Americans live in the South where most of the anti-abortion bills are concentrated.
While in the North, they encourage Black women to get abortions, in the South, they want Black women to have babies.
The direct history of chattel enslavement of African people in the South lends itself to the continuation, in slightly modified form, the system of labor that has existed in the United States even before its official founding in 1776.
In the South, its economy demands many Black babies to create future cheap workers via Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and prison.
The TANF work requirement for Black women draws directly from chattel slavery. Like their mostly male counterparts in physical prisons, women trapped in TANF are forced to work in low wage domestic jobs, where organizing is enforced through de jure polices or de facto ideas.
Black people are oppressed differently depending on their location in the United States. The idea is that Black people in the South are good workers and compliant.
Black people in the North are lazy and uppity. No one wants their lazy babies expecting rights. The North is anywhere not the South.
Those are the stories —according to whiteness.
After the enslavement of Africans ended, the planter oligarch class, the ancestors of today’s Republicans, did not want to pay Black people. In the South, presently, they have laws like “Right To Work” in the past, they had policies like the Black Codes and Jim Crow. All these actions are designed to oppress Black people by extracting free labor out of them.
In the North and the West, where unions reign and just labor rules are enforced, people who hold on to racist ideas from the past (and future), like Mudsill, just exclude Black people from employment altogether. It is about the principle of the matter. Why should they pay for their stolen property?
The stolen property is Black people.
A grant for temporary employment via a fellowship or subsidizing via welfare to work is the only way a practitioner of mudsill philosophy will hire a Black person, also known as their stolen property.
“This crappy illegitimate government can pay them if it wants us to hire them” is their thought process.
But in the South, they have no problems with Black people who know their place or rather have been put held in place by white supremacy’s boot on their neck.
Contrary to popular and the amplified belief of the North, in the South, they do want more Black babies.
The goal of white hegemony for Black people isn’t death, but to create a dehumanized, humiliated, exploitable workforce.
That is what banning abortion does.
They don’t want to kill Black people— they want to work and exploit us using sadistic policies, and in the South, they have been very successful in this goal.