Melissa Harris-Perry Compares Dobbs Case to Dred Scott on NPR Stations


Melissa Harris-Perry, then host of MSNBC, drew attention in 2013 to Texas’ abortion-on-demand community by wearing tampon earrings during her MSNBC show. Harris-Perry hosts a nationally broadcast public radio show, called The takeawayWNYC Radio New York


Harris-Perry energetically and energically compared Thursday’s events to DobbsDecision to be reversed Roe vs. WadeThe Dred Scott decision in 1857 regarding fugitive slaves. It came in a segment titled “Reproductive Coercion is an American Cornerstone.” She introduced her critical race theory of abortion this way:



HARRIS-PERRY:  Missouri became the first state in the nation to ban all abortions…There is an irony that Missouri so eagerly participated in the reversal of the right to choose abortion. The state the most infamous  decision declaring that a group of people did not have foundational rights, Dred Scott v. Sandford. Dred Scott was a Black slave born in Virginia who now lives in Missouri. The Supreme Court decided his case in 1857.



She noted conservatives like Antonin Scalia have cited Dred Scott in their pro-life dissents, then added: “Since last week’s decision by the court to reverse Roe v. Wade many progressives have revived this Dred Scott conversation, but this time arguing that future generations will look back on Dobbs with the same disgust that is now reserved for Taney’s 1857 opinion.”


This is why the 2018 slave economy was so energetically different from the one of the 1850s. Harris-Perry explained “You see, it’s worth noting that reproductive coercion was not just incidental in American history, it was its cornerstone, providing the inter-generational channel bondage of free labor that undergirds American wealth.”


Her expert was Dr. Deborah Gray White, a gender-studies professor at Rutgers, who explained that back then, “the increase of the slave population is dependent on Black women’s wombs…it was in the economic interests of slave owners because a slave child was profitable at birth, a slave infant was worth something monetarily.”


This spurred Harris-Perry to connect her crackpot dots: “Professor Deborah Gray White reminded me that this history is neither distant nor irrelevant. It holds lessons not only for those of us descended from these enslaved Black women, but it suggests possibilities for all American women.”


As if all American women were about to be slaves because they can’t have abortions in some states.




The national public radio show will air later on Thursday MarketThe possibility of creating abortion clinics on Indian reservations was discussed. The idea was not pursued.


They turned to abortion activist Rachael Lorenzo, who runs something called the Indigenous Women’s Fund to finance abortions for the native American women. The show reported that “tribal lands were abortion-care deserts long before this wave of anti-abortion legislation.” That’s because most of their health care is federally funded, meaning the Hyde Amendment prevents taxpayer-funded abortions.


Lorenzo even used the word “apocalypse” to describe the absence of abortions!



“We see rhetoric on social media or in the news, like, ‘Roe v. Wade [being overturned] is the end, the sky is falling,’” Lorenzo said. “But the sky has been falling for Native people specifically. We’ve beenLiving in the Apocalypse without full bodily autonomy.”