Corrupt Komen Caves, Kind of! Yes, yesterday the Susan G. Komen Foundation offered a less than milquetoast apology for their bad behavior. The apology came not because it was the right thing to do, or because of some great care and compassion for women of color, women without means, and all women who suffer from the intersections of oppression, rather the apology came because of political pressure. I don’t want to dismiss the power of this pressure, but I would like us to examine closely the Power behind the Komen Foundation, for I personally would like to see this organization crash and burn and be replaced with a more inclusive organization that truly reaches out to all women to help prevent breast cancer.
Just to be clear, the Komen Foundation is still refusing to commit to future grants to Planned Parenthood. So who has the power and what does this power look like at the Komen Foundation? Sadly, Komen’s Senior VP is Karen Handel. You may remember Handel. She ran for Governor of Georgia two years ago and was endorsed by the Tea Party, including Sarah Palin. Yes, our Handel is exceedingly anti-woman and is a homophobic bigot, as witnessed by her own words!
I will conclude by saying that if you truly believe in women’s rights and you believe women should have access to health care regardless of color or access to resources and if you really believe in social justice, you will boycott the Susan G. Komen Foundation and put your money into Planned Parenthood.
I need to say a special thanks to my friend Jay and to the Voice of the Trailer (VOT) for helping me with this article and allowing me to express my rage in a socially productive way.