What’s up family?
I’m not sure if you realize it or not, but back in January, the country…uh….celebrated the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Before I continue, look at this picture I got from the CNN article, “Before and after Roe v. Wade,” by Jacque Wilson:
Do you notice anything strikingly…”token” about this photograph? Perhaps the presence of the sole Black face holding the biggest poster. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, than certainly this is worthy of a blog post… This photograph represents so much of my disdain for abortion in as much this lady, most likely unbeknownst to her, is promoting self-hate… I’ve been trying to find the direct quote for a while, but I can’t put my finger on it. But I want to say it was Dr. Martin Luther King that said something along the lines of he wasn’t led to follow a skewed sociology that seeks to remedy effects versus looking at the cause. It’s easy to get a poster and parade around the US Supreme Court building and chanting keep abortion legal. It’s easy to accost a man in a tree at the presidential inauguration for him making an appeal for people to pray to end abortion. But the moment you show a picture of what it is they are actually encouraging to keep legal…they are offended. Following this paragraph, if you click the “read more” link, you will see very disturbing photographs of aborted fetuses. BE WARNED…
Hey…don’t say I didn’t warn you. And if these images offend you…then I did my job. We should get offended when we see this. We have become so desensitized to various things over time…the things that I think should offend us, don’t. I saw “Django Unchained” for a second time last week. I had a hot date to see one of the “Saw” movie once. We can turn on the news or cartoons and find all kinds of violence. And to be quite honest, I would not be surprised if by Super Bowl LXIX, GoDaddy.com has a commercial where somebody is engaged in full-fledged sex. But the moment you post a picture of what’s happening to the prospects of our future…people don’t want to handle it. This is what the Roe v. Wade protests sanction! This is what you want, so why not take ownership all of the way.
I’m going to get to my point eventually…but another thing that upsets me, like the first picture, is the fact that abortion support, in some circles, just seems faddish. I am a woman… It’s my body. I have a choice. But really look at the picture and imagine other pictures like it. Doesn’t it strike you as strange that mothers and daughters can stand side by side an pro-choice rally? What about the ones, that my professor, Kap’n K, would refer to as, “blue hair old ladies,” that are all wrinkled, gray, and have dust filled wombs…at an Roe v. Wade birthday bash? Really? But the one that gets me every time is:
I respect the office and incumbent; he is my leader and he is due the respect that that high office wields. BUT, it strikes me as odd that he, and so many other politicians, can look straight into a camera (or your face) and sanction abortion…when they have such beautiful children of their own. Children that I am sure they would long to see produce their a lovely family of their own. Hard wired in their consciousness has to be the fact that their seed, and their seed’s seed is an extension of themselves; to have one of them die would mean having a piece of themselves die. Despite the logical, ethical, and moral conflict in interest…”I believe a woman should have a right to choose.”
Well let me begin to tie some loose ends up for you… The quote about skewed sociology… Before you jump on the bandwagon and chant pro-choice, you can’t just look at the “women’s rights” arguments of today…you have to look at how it came to be. Shed yourself of your predispositions and lets consider the question of abortion in the light of historical fact. All I’m saying is don’t believe the hype; it’s more than a women’s rights issue…it’s a Negro issue. Without further ado…here are my thoughts concerning abortion in America, with relation to the Negro in America:
Often during the political process, a hot button topic is abortion. And through the politicizing of the question, a cloud of obfuscation blurs the boundaries between morality and rights of privacy. When you place political sensation to the side, and look at the facts and figures, abortion has had a damaging effect in the Negro community. In 1963, according to a Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote that there were “twenty million Negro[es]” in the United States. However, since Roe v. Wade (1973), nearly 20 million Negroes have been aborted. To get a better understanding of abortion, you can’t look at what it is now; you have to understand how it came to be.
Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood. In the early 20th Century, she was actively involved in the “Eugenics Movement” in the United States. Eugenics is a science that studies the improvement of the heredity by controlling the genetic pool. It was her desire to create a master race of White human beings. In her estimation, Blacks didn’t fit the model of superiority. She often referred to Negroes as, “unfit,” “irresponsible,” and “reckless.” Though the source of this quote is in question, many cite her words as being, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” While the authenticity of this particular quote is sketchy, in the words of one person, Sanger “wrote and spoke enough hate to keep those of us who detest eugenics busy for a lifetime.” To rid the nation of Blacks, she advocated abortion, forced sterilization, and even killing babies after birth. But she was so subtle with her intentions that many of the elect in our Nation didn’t see her organization’s true intentions. According to a book entitled, The Moral Property of Women: A History of Birth Control Politics in America, by Linda Gordon, Sanger had an idea for “The Negro Project:”
“The project would hire three or four ‘colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities’ to travel throughout the South and propagandize for birth control, since ‘the most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal.’ As Sanger wrote in a private letter, ‘We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out the idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members'” (p. 235).
Something tells me she may have appreciated the President’s swag…
Sanger’s organization even appeared to dupe one of the leading generals for the Negro’s cause. In 1966, Dr. King accepted Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award. Even today, the question of abortion has been cunningly interleaved into the Women’s Right’s agenda because Planned Parenthood offers other women’s health services…but this is merely another vehicle that Sanger’s organization uses to quietly, and deceptively, promote their cause.
How successful was Sanger? Planned Parenthood is now the largest provider of abortions in the United States. Almost 80% of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in communities made up of minorities/low income households. Blacks currently make up only 12% of the total population, but and overwhelming percentage of the total abortions in the country. Abortion rates, coupled with marriage rates/reproduction rates faltering, in the Black community has us on a trend to becoming the true minority. “If the current trend continues, by 2038 the Black vote will be insignificant.”
Abortion is not a question of when life begins. Scott Peterson was tried and convicted for the murder of his wife, Laci, and his unborn son, Conner (whom received a death certificate, as well). I would like to think that this sets a judicial precedent proving life begins in the womb. Abortion is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s not just an issue of women’s rights. It is a moral issue that has lasting impacts of the proliferation of the Black posterity. More importantly, it is a cause that our silence, or action, is viewed by God. Dr. King said, “Abortion is a racist, genocidal act. Children are the future. When you destroy your children, you destroy hope.” And in the word of our Lord Jesus:
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea”
(Mat. 18:6, KJV).
In closing, the nation’s heart was broken a couple of months ago when those beautiful children lost their lives in Newtown. I immediately began to reflect on my nephew, three nieces, and niece/nephew that is on the way. Those children were robbed of their futures. In President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address, he said, “in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun. More than a thousand.” It is a shame that 20 defenseless children, and 6 unarmed adults, lives had to be lost to serve as provocation for gun legislation. It’s saddening that in light of such a tragedy that reckless bloodshed hasn’t subsided. But by the same measure, how many more birthdays, graduations, weddings, careers, first houses, etc. are lost on a daily basis by the genocide of our future by way of abortion? How many future doctors, lawyers, politicians, ministers, scientists, dancers, artists, poets, problem solvers, and world changers die before they even get a chance to live? It’s wonderful that the legislature and the executive branch are doing what they can, by way of policy, to avenge the bloodshed and attempting to prevent another massacre like this in the future…but what about the defenseless lives in the womb. Who is fighting on their behalf?
The Negro numbers are on a decline in America…and I’m afraid to say that it appears as though it is by design. I personally know some individuals, Black females, that didn’t just get one abortion…but multiple abortions. In the Black community, we often are swift to talk about various ways we are disenfranchised, overlooked, and discriminated against. But I would like to urge you to give a critical eye to what we have brought upon ourselves and what we continue to inflict on ourselves. I’d let sister girl know…regardless of how pretty your poster looks, and how down you are for your cause, you are truly proliferating more harm than help for people with faces like yours. All I am saying is we have to cry out for the babies that never get a chance to…
I know this was a heavy post, but it’s been on my heart. I hate how my blog seems like a gloom and doom website…I promise that I will eventually find something happy and uplifting to talk about…lol. But I got some catching up to do! I’ve missed you this past few months.
Next blog post…hopefully before the week is out… Negro Leadership: Affirmation and Succession. Stay tuned… Until the next time…
TWJ the HNIC,