There are good ideas, and then there are bad ideas. Really bad ones.
In a decision that marries ill timing and a tactless approach in an effort to highlight both Black History Month and Planned Parenthood’s 99th year, the organization has announced its “99 Dream Keepers” initiative. According to the organization’s website, the initiative is explained as follows:
To celebrate Black History Month, Planned Parenthood is honoring 99 African American leaders — one for each year since Planned Parenthood was founded.(1)
Leaders slated to be recognized as a Dream Keeper include filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the openly transgender actress Laverne Cox.
It goes to discuss its involvement with the black community, stated in a way that reads like a predictable political speech than genuine expressions from the heart:
We are partnering with young black women and men — the next generation of leaders in the movement for reproductive freedom. We are spreading the word that finally, health insurance is more affordable for millions of people who are uninsured. We are working hard to end racial health disparities and for the community to be the healthiest it can be