Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"The Free Exchange"

"The Free Exchange"



Conservatism’s strength emanates from its penchant for robust debate. “The Free Exchange” is a series of articles aimed at highlighting and broadening the debate at Black and Red. When you comment on essays you read at this site, I will respond to you via this blog series. If you wish to send an email for consideration in an upcoming “Free Exchange” article, please email me at blkandred@gmail.com and write “The Free Exchange” and the title of the article you are commenting on in the subject heading. Hopefully, the free exchange of ideas will prove beneficial to readers and participants. Thank you for reading and thank you so much for commenting.
-J. Hunter

This week, Lester Dixon and an Anonymous writer went back and forth about “Our Stolen Generation: Brenda.”

Lester’s comments are in orange. Anonymous’ are in yellow. Mine are in green.

Anonymous: 
She does indeed have the abortion if you've read any of the follow ups about Brenda .

Lester Dixon: 
No she doesn't have an abortion if you watched the film the police officer told boo-boo that "she was no longer missing, and she gave birth to her child" It's sad how drug's ruin people lives, this documentary was important because it didn't show a black person's addiction, which is the norm, but rather a cast of white crack heads so it home with me more because drugs are like bullets they have no name in the life it destroys. R.I.P to all those who have passed due to drugs...

Anonymous: 
You act like she had all of these great morals considering abortion but clearly you weren't paying attention in the film. I believe she would have had the abortion had she not spent all of her money on crack. Did you not hear her say "Let's see if it's young enough to slaughter" in the film? How about that she abused crack and heroin during her entire prengancy. Abortion was on her "to-do list" of which nothing she got done simply because she's an addict. Did I feel bad for her? Yes. Does she have good morals? No, you've got to be kidding yourself.

Lester Dixon:  
ok you talking about what you believe, let's talk fact's. how many babies are born to addiction? a whole lot you writing on a computer look it up. i looked up "Brenda's Baby" from the movie and indeed she had the baby. and a baby born to a crack mother may not be a healthy baby but they do exist. what morals did she have every thing she said she was going to do she didn't follow thru. she's leaving boo boo, never did that. she's going to rehab, never stuck with that. got an abortion, never go it done. and to be honest she didn't impact my life what so ever. what she did do was show me what not to do. so not to be harsh but really who's kidding who. because i'm not kidding myself...

Anonymous: 
Let us not judge Brenda for being a drug addict and prostitute. Why not judge the men who used her services, are they not more to blame? Brenda left this world after having her baby. she chose life for her baby instead of death. It may be the one good and morally correct she she has ever done.


Thank you for commenting and for making “Our Stolen Generation: Brenda” one of the more popular articles in the series. The resulting conversations have offered me the wonderful opportunity to reiterate what I found so compelling about the film, “High on Crack Street” and about Brenda in particular.

Brenda was a crack-addicted prostitute who accidentally got pregnant—a natural result of a life spent fornicating for drug money. Though she was uneducated, and rejected so many moral codes, she instinctively knew what many university professors and liberals claim not to know—that abortion as birth control is immoral.

She is far from a pillar of virtue (Who, amongst us, isn’t?) That’s hardly germane. What matters is that liberals insist that the road to morality is rejecting that morals exist at all—that they are a construct foisted upon us by conservative forces. My point is that basic morality is within reach of even the most ignorant and damaged among us. Brenda was both, ignorant and damaged, yet she knew instinctively that killing her own child—even to spare him from a life of destitution—was horribly wrong.

I look forward to future discussions about this and about other topics on the site.

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