A recent poll on race relations in the U.S. unsurprisingly shows that a majority (56%) of participants believe the country has a racism problem – with women and Democratic party voters leading the way in even greater numbers.
The survey also found to little surprise, that attitudes about race fell largely along racial lines, with well over 70% of Hispanics and Blacks believing racism is rampant in America, while a slim majority of 51% of ‘Whites’ agreed. One thing we can all agree on, is that our nation is divided once more – red and blue politically, and white and black societally, including its varying shades of color.
Where there was agreement among a majority of all those polled, was the support of the protests that have taken place since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, May 25th. That finding comes despite the recent surge of protests, which have moved on from those that were often peaceful and legal, to the ongoing waves of violent and anarchist like protests and movements, that continue to defame and deface both public and private property, if not endangering life itself in the name of social justice.
Authorities have declared riots in Portland, Oregon, after protesters surrounded the city’s federal courthouse building where deployed U.S. agents are holed up. Ahead of the declaration, thousands of demonstrators marched in the city chanting, “Feds go home” and calling out the names of African Americans killed by police.
At least six federal officers were injured after firing tear gas to clear out rowdy protesters during that siege. Tragically, at least three of them may not recover their vision after demonstrators, who have shown up in crowds of over 1,000 for more than 50 consecutive nights, shined lasers in their eyes and threw fireworks at the federal courthouse, officials said.
Elsewhere, a murder and more protest mayhem occurred in Austin, Texas, where a person driving through a demonstration shot and killed a 28-year-old man. Protesters in Oakland, CA, vandalized a police station and set fire to a courthouse after one peaceful evening march and Seattle’s Police Chief said officers arrested another 50 people over a weekend for assaulting officers, obstruction, and failing to disperse.
I somehow fail to see the connection and benefit in drawing attention to racism by inciting violence, injuring innocent life and rebelling against any reasonable form of law and order in the name of racial equality and reconciliation.
But that said, I mention the above poll’s results because voters and citizens can be so easily swayed by mainstream media, culture and opinion- such as the current perspective on protests, that it misses the more subtle though significant forms of racism that are yes, even systemic, under our very noses.
For those that seek to move on from following the news of civil unrest for little more than the effect of gazing on videos of fires and violence, the greatest and most systemic form of racial violence that is finally beginning to come to light, are the historic and racist roots of Planned Parenthood and their still on-going agenda targeting the innocent lives of unborn minority babies.
The Racism of Abortion
A New York branch of the Planned Parenthood abortion chain shockingly and publicly distanced itself from its founder, Margaret Sanger, recently amid accusations of “systemic racism” within the organization.
Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood (the single biggest provider of abortions in the United States, at nearly 350,000 a year), in New York in 1916, was a well-known eugenicist who believed certain groups of human beings were “weeds,” “reckless breeders” and “morons” who should not have children.
According to the New York Times, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York plans to rename its Manhattan abortion facility, which has long bore Sanger’s name. It also asked city leaders to remove her name from a street sign nearby. The abortion group’s leaders pointed to Sanger’s eugenics beliefs “rooted in racism, ableism and classism” as the reason for the change.
“The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color,” said Karen Seltzer, who chairs the board of the New York affiliate.
With greater revelation of the twisted and sordid past of PP becoming a bit more mainstreamed of late, some healthy skeptics see it as little more than a politically correct campaign of damage control. “Planned Parenthood can rename a building, but it can’t whitewash its eugenics roots,” U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska responded. “Planned Parenthood can try to forget its founder’s racist screeds, but it cannot escape the undeniable fact that it makes hundreds of millions of dollars each year by telling an ugly lie that certain lives are disposable and then disposing of them. Big abortion has always been, and will always be, in the business of violence and dehumanization.”
In fact, since abortion became legal nation-wide in 1973 (via Roe vs. Wade), an estimated 20 million unborn black babies have been aborted in America, many of them at Planned Parenthood. And in New York City, where Sanger started the abortion chain, city health data indicates that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born each year. Yes, that means that more than one out of every two pregnancies there result in the death of preborn black children.
Where is the political and cultural left’s outcry for racial justice there? Just over a week ago, Planned Parenthood continued its fight against legislation that protects unborn babies from discrimination based on their sex, race or a disability.
It should go without saying that Planned Parenthood and it’s cronies have little to do with the moniker of actually being ‘pro-choice,’ since they oppose each and every single bit of state or federally proposed law that would give the choice of pregnant mothers to view ultrasounds of their children, or for parents to be given notice, if not approval of their own child’s pregnancies and abortion considerations or even waiting periods. Where is the choice there?
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser urged PP to not only disavow its founder but also its current racist and eugenics practices. “The next step for Planned Parenthood is recognizing that Margaret Sanger’s racist legacy continues today, as abortion continues to disproportionately impact minority communities, especially the black community,” Dannenfelser said.
Is her view just another case of conservative hyperbole? Well, today about eight out of every ten PP centers are in minority communities. What a coincidence! They closed seventeen abortion facilities in one year but sold 20% more abortions. How did they do that? By targeting minority neighborhoods in major cities like Miami.
Currently, 94% of America’s abortion facilities are in major metropolitan cities and African-American women, who make up 13% of the female population account for nearly 40% of all abortions. Hispanic-American women makeup another 13% of the female population, but account for another 20% of all abortions.
Can we connect the dots? Discrimination of adults of color, has been institutionally and rightfully criminalized in this country for more than a generation, but not as far as babies are concerned. Remember Dred vs. Scott and that 1850’s Supreme Court decision that said blacks were somewhat less than, or inferior to whites? Well babies of all colors are thought of the same way today. Racism and discrimination is still alive and well in the U.S. among the unborn and don’t we think it’s about time that something should be said and done about it?
After all, 2,000 black and Hispanic babies will be killed today by abortion in this country. There are forty abortion-selling centers in Miami alone, doing more than their fair share of that killing, in contrast to a handful of pregnancy health centers in that area that are striving to give true ‘choice.’
One expert told the New York Times that Sanger’s views have been “misinterpreted,” and she was following the popular beliefs of the day. But Sanger was not just a follower. She helped to lead the eugenics movement, frequently promoting discrimination through her writing and speaking, including in a speech to the KKK in 1926.
When she wrote about getting rid of people with diseases and disabilities through sterilization and segregation, she wrote in a 1939 letter to a friend, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” I bet she didn’t.
Well, the word is finally getting out about Planned Parenthood and what will they and the political party of death do about it?
Shining Light on the Darkness of Abortion
As for the church of Jesus Christ, now is a good time to not only be the salt and light that our Lord commanded us to be in our world (Matt.5) but to shine light on it..
..Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible.. (Eph. 5:8b-13, ESV).
Being an image and light bearer of God, means that we have to do hard things to shine the light of Christ- the light and love of the gospel even in the darkest of places, and abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood offices are among them.
Suppose you lived next door to a real mean, ornery neighbor who was hostile and put up “don’t trespass” signs all over his property to keep folks like you out. One day, you hear a child screaming from the back yard of that home and see the child is choking on something.
Instinctively, you jump the fence knowing about the trespass signs and what the law might say about it, in order to save the child. Would that be the right thing to do? There are times in which God has called for courageous conduct throughout scripture, so that His people could rescue or save or deliver innocent victims from harm’s way (Pro. 24:11, 31:8).
There’s a story about a certain nation and government that was intimidated by a growing minority population and putting them into slavery didn’t kill them off. Does that sound like British or American history? Guess again. It was Egypt in its dealing with Israel (Exo. 1:15-21).
God rewarded the faithfulness of that early ‘crisis pregnancy center’ in Egypt. These mid-wives were pro-life warriors back in the day as we must come together as the American church to be so again.
Yes, racism is an issue- one of sin rather than skin really. But if we want to shed light on it, let’s begin where life begins – in the womb. #PBLM? Pre-Born Black Lives Matter to God and his Son’s church.