DELHI, OHIO - Race and abortion, two very volatile issues, now mixed on billboards for thousands of tri-state drivers to see everyday.
As drivers make their way up Delhi Pike, the Cincinnati organization, Protecting Black Life, put up a billboard saying “Abortion the #1 Killer of African Americans.”
Protecting Black Life's website, Protectingblacklife.org said the organization is operating under the Life Issues Institute and is reaching the black community with the pro-life message.
Residents say there's been a lot of buzz surrounding the billboard.
"They're saying that you know, number one killer for African Americans when Delhi is 90 percent white. So I don't understand why the sign is there. It just doesn't make any sense to me," said Delhi resident Ray McMullen.
"African Americans will be totally shocked that this billboard number one was placed in this environment, in Delhi. And number two that again it puts another strike on the African American culture," said Cincinnati resident Jonathan Cody.
Protectingblacklife.org also said the billboards were placed in Cincinnati's highest abortion communities.
Regarding the statement, “Abortion the #1 Killer of African Americans” organizers source the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the Alan Guttmacher Institute stated , “Since 1973 more African American babies have been killed by abortion than the total number of African American deaths from all other causes combined.”
Whether you agree or disagree, the billboard is stirring up some serious conversation.
"I had an abortion when I was little. I was made to have one. And I think it's wrong because it's not just black people, it's black people and white people. It's everybody," said Delhi resident Tiffany Daniels.
To learn more about these billboards and who's behind them go to Protectingblacklife.org.
Also, feel free to give us your opinion on the billboard.
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