I like your blog, but I can’t agree with you on using the term “abolitionist” as being inherently racist. The term may be most associated with the anti-slavery abolitionist movement, but the word exists outside that context. There has been abolitionist movements against monarchies and unjust practices before the American slavery one. I agree people who use the word now definitely are using it because it’s a heavy word, but if you feel strongly that something is wrong, of course you’d use it.
That’s not to say that because you’re willing to use the word that you must be right, that red image is ridiculous, as is the “pro-life” movement. But it doesn’t make you inherently racist to use the word. That’s all.
Also, not a dig at you, this blog rocks and gives me my anger fix when I need it. That’s why I follow.
Yes, it is true that abolitionist movements existed before the anti-American slavery one, however most people don’t know about them within the “abolitionist” context specifically. That red image depends on people’s knowledge of the American anti-slavery movement in particular. It is meant to evoke mental images of African American slavery and appropriate them to abortion, which is pretty racist.
That doesn’t mean the people doing it are meaning to be racist. It doesn’t even mean that anti-choicers who use this argument are racist at all—though they very well might be. Most likely, they probably don’t realize how problematic it is to appropriate the term.