Scott Greer, Daily Caller, July 16, 2017
French president Emmanuel Macron deeply upset his liberal fan base this week when he decided to address the problems of Africa.
“The challenge of Africa is completely different, it is much deeper. It is civilizational today. Failing states, complex democratic transitions, the demographic transition,” Macron stated at the G20 summit on Monday. He then said “one of the essential challenges of Africa” is that in many of its countries “seven or eight children [are] born to each woman.”
He concluded, “You can choose to spend thousands of euros but you will stabilize nothing.”
The comments on African women having too many children drew international outrage for apparently sounding like racism. The Twitter user who made Macron’s speech go viral in America declared it “repugnant.” Quartz concluded the statement “racist” and “problematic.” The Independent said that Macron’s opinion on Africa showed that “he isn’t that liberal after all.” The Guardian argued Macron’s “slur against Africa” revealed he was still steeped in the colonialist mindset.
All of this was because the French president indicated that Africa’s rate of population growth may be unstable. But there was a whole lot of hypocrisy in the furious reaction to Macron, as proven by another trend piece from later in the week.
Two day after the left-wing Guardian condemned Macron for saying Africans were possibly having too many children, the outlet urged people to start having fewer kids. The reason for reducing the amount of offspring was to fight climate change, since overpopulation means more carbon emissions, according to the study cited by the left-wing publication.
The study was championed by a few liberals on Twitter, including prominent feminist Jill Filopovic, whose new book argues that women should probably forego kids to focus on their own personal happiness.
Filipovic tweeted in support of the study, “Having children is one of the worst things you can do for the planet. Have one less and conserve resources.”
But since it is racist to say this to Africa and other parts of the developing world, who is supposed to have fewer kids? The answer to these progressives appears to be westerners, which the Guardian article itself implies by showing white babies as its featured image.
Another prominent feminist, Amanda Marcotte, gave away that motivation in tweets mocking Filipovic detractors. When one Twitter user tweeted a picture of his happy, 11-kid family, she proceeded to mock him for having “too many fucking” children. One wonders if Marcotte would say the same thing if presented with a picture of an African family with 11 children . . .
It’s an odd proposition to tell white folks to have fewer kids since birth rates in Western Europe and America are in decline, especially among millennials — you know, the people who are supposed to be procreating the next generation soon. The birth rate in America for 2016 was one of the lowest on record, and Europe’s fertility rate has been dramatically low for several years.
This development should be seen as a positive to liberals who worry about climate change, but rarely has it been covered as such. Instead, the West’s fertility woes are primarily exploited as an argument for welcoming millions of migrants — many of whom are those seven or eight African kids Macron was referring to.