At Sunday’s 89th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, the award for Best Adapted Screenplay was earned by Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for their work on the movie Moonlight. According to People magazine, the film is an "adaptation of McCraney’s play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, which tells the three-part story of Chiron, a gay black man who grows up in Florida and attempts to come to terms with his masculine, racial, and sexual identity."
When accepting the award, Jenkins had a heartfelt speech.
“I told my students that I teach sometimes be in love with the process, not the result but I really wanted this result because a bajillion people are watching. And all you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back and over the next four years we will not leave you alone," he said. "We will not forget you."
Wait, did you say the ACLU has the back of minorities? Is this the same ACLU that works every single day to guarantee that Americans can get abortions as easily and with as few restrictions as possible? Mr. Jenkins, you might want to sit down for this. In 2012, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics prepared a Summary of Vital Statistics 2012 The City of New York, Pregnancy Outcomes which included a very sobering fact:
... there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple.
In other words, the ACLU is cold comfort for minorities who feel their life isn't reflected well on film, considering that the organization works hard to make sure minorities aren't even reflected well in the population.