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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The pro-life gathering is held each year around the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The pro-life gathering is held each year around the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)  

UPenn professor: Racist GOP opposes abortion to protect white supremacy

Republicans oppose abortion because they fear losing the white majority in America, claimed a University of Pennsylvania professor.

Salamishah Tillet, an associate English professor at UPenn, made the comments during a recent appearance on MSNBC. She said that Republicans didn’t like abortion because they want white people to have more babies and perpetuate the race, according to Newsmax.

“Women’s bodies, white women’s bodies in particular, are a crucial way of reproducing whiteness, white supremacy, white privilege,” she said.

Kirsten Powers of Fox News criticized Tillet’s argument, pointing out that black women have far more abortions than white women.

“If you were a white supremacist, you would actually support abortion,” said Powers.

Tillet also teaches in two other departments at UPenn: Africana Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She is the author of “Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination.”

The editors of The College Fix argue that Tillet’s views on Republicans and race should concern conservatives..

“Tillet is shaping the hearts and minds of students through the classes she teaches,” wrote The College Fix. “Young, impressionable minds hear Tillet’s point of view on race and gender all semester long, and it’s not a stretch to assume the opinions she proffered on national television are similar to the ones she gives inside her Africana and women’s studies classes. And then we wonder why the GOP is seen as bad guys by college-aged voters?”

Tillet’s MSNBC appearance was a reaction to the House Republicans’ successful vote earlier this week to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is not expected to advance in the Senate, and if it did, President Obama would likely issue a veto.

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