So you thought the architects of America's pro-choice movement were fighting for a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy in a safe, medical environment? Oh, you gullible sheep. The real goal behind legal abortion, obviously, was to kill black babies.
That's what presenters from Move-On-Up.org hope you'll glean from tonight's presentation of Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America, which is showing at 7 p.m. at UMKC.
Move-On-Up.org is an organization of conservative African-Americans. Its co-founder, Chris Arps, is known around St. Louis for a terribly executed tea party publicity stunt in 2009.
Back when the health-care debate had the nation's news cycle in a headlock, Arps and Move-On-Up.org rallied behind a St. Louis man, Kenneth Gladney, who claimed to have been beaten up by union thugs outside a health-care forum. Arps accused the NAACP of failing to investigate Gladney's claims because of Gladney's conservative views. The head of the NAACP in St. Louis showed up at Arps' press conference on the matter, and responded that the organization would have been happy to look into Gladney's claims, had Gladney -- or Arps, or anyone, really -- bothered to contact them. (Ironically, Gladney was begging for help paying his post-beat-down medical bills because he didn't have health insurance. D'oh!)
Prior to that less-than-impressive showing, Arps was known for signing on with California millionaire Ward Connerly to outlaw Missouri's affirmative-action regulations, an effort that didn't get far.
So now Arps is riding the anti-abortion pony to Kansas City in the hopes of gaining traction for the black conservative movement. But Arps, it seems, has a criminal conviction for failing to support his own, living progeny: by not paying child support. His supervised probation period appears to have ended just last month, according to CaseNet.
Oh, also? Move-On-Up.org's "About" section claims that its status as a 527 PAC "will provide the infrastructure for the moral and financial support necessary so that [our] candidates can wage credible, winning campaigns." But a search on OpenSecrets.org turns up no results for Arps' group, which may mean that they haven't filed the appropriate paperwork to qualify as a PAC.
Anyway, where were we ... oh, yeah, it's movie night at UMKC! Should be fun, huh, guys?