Emmanuel Macron, the Liberal French president, made a bunch of liberals cry when he spoke of the issues of overpopulation in Africa.
As written for The Daily Caller by Scott Greer:
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 days 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.”