Abby Johnson to speak at RNC after saying biracial son ‘more likely to commit a violent offense’ than white sons
Anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson, scheduled to speak at the RNC, says she understands why her biracial son would be racially profiled
Pro-life advocate Abby Johnson will speak at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night after her controversial statements in a YouTube video went viral.
In the video, Johnson justified any future profiling of her biracial child.
Her comments on the legitimacy of racial profiling went viral after the video was published on Vice News.
According to pro-life blogger Simcha Fisher, the video was made private by Johnson hours after it was uploaded in June.
The video, currently viewable on Vice, Johnson goes on a 15-minute rant against Black fatherhood to justify police racism.
“Statistically, my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons,” she remarks in the video, detailing how she believes a “smart” officer is more alert when approaching Black and brown subjects.
“I recognize that I’m gonna have to have a different conversation with Jude than I do with my brown-haired little Irish, very, very pale-skinned, white sons, as they grow up.”
The 39-year-old continues to describe how her adopted biracial son will maybe grow up to be a “large and intimidating looking brown man,” while her biological children will grow up to be “white and nerdy.”
The statistics Johnson refers to, including imprisonment and arrest rates, are often mischaracterized and used to justify the harsh and punitive treatment of Black men.
“I look at our prison population and I see that there is a disproportionately high number of African-American males in our prison population for crimes, particularly for violent crimes; so statistically, when a police officer sees a brown man like Jude walking down the road, as opposed to my white nerdy kids, these police officers know in their head, that statistically, my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons,” she says.
Johnson also referenced recent civil rights protests against police brutality saying the problem is not with law enforcement but in the homes of Black families.
“Yeah, we’ve got big issues right now in the Black community, but at the root of it, the root is not with bad cops. The root starts in the home,” Johnson remarks.
Despite the controversial nature of her statements, the public figure doubled down on her opinion. “I didn’t create this video to extinguish racism. I created it to share my thoughts,” she said in her interview with Fisher.
Johnson says any outrage stems from racial tension and claims articles will paint her as a racist just because she’s white.
“I think if you’re not on this ‘social justice warrior woke’ train of thought, you’re considered a racist. I don’t think that’s fair. I can’t remember a time in my life where I’ve ever discriminated against someone because of their race. I can’t remember a time when, ever in my life, I have acted on any sort of prejudice.”
When Fisher asked about the direct sources for her statistics on Black fatherhood, incarceration, and violent crime, Johnson claims to have gone “down a rabbit trail.”
According to her official website, Johnson had an eight-year career with Planned Parenthood until she claims to have assisted with the abortion of a 13-week fetus in Sept. 2009. (That account has been questioned).
She is the founder of And Then There Were None, an organization helping former workers in abortion clinics transition into different career fields. The film Unplanned is based on Johnson’s memoir of the same title.
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