(AgapePress) — They were
stolen-away from their homes and brought to the New World against their wills.
They were not born slaves, but on their native soil had been free farmers,
craftsman, traders, hunters, musicians, dancers, artists, sculptors, and poets.
Some had been rulers of both large and small kingdoms.
Their cultures were rich and noble, diverse in custom, tongues and clothing.
They came in chains, but their spirits were too strong to remain in bondage.
They not only wanted to be free, they insisted on equality.
Among their ranks rose great champions for liberty and parity like Benjamin
Banneker, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Ida Wells Barnett,
Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others. Their
contributions not only significantly improved the plight of their own people,
but also the God-given rights of all races.
America has come a long way since those days when blacks were stereotyped as
Charles Marden said they were in 1952 in Minorities in American Society:
"Popular white thought characterizes him in this way: 'The Negro is lazy, won't
work unless he has to, and doesn't know what to do with money when he gets it.
He is dirty, smelly, and careless in his appearance, yet given to flashy
dressing. He is much more sexy than the white man, and exercises no restraint in
its expression. He has low mental ability incapable of anything but menial
labor. He is naturally religious, but his religion is mostly emotion and
superstition. On the other hand, in his simple way, the Negro is a likable
fellow, clever in a childlike way, and has natural abilities as a singer,
dancer, actor which surpass those of most white folks.'" How demeaning,
atrocious and racist!!!
Racism is a terrible insult to God. The Bible declares, "This royal law is found
in the Scriptures: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' If you obey this
law, you are doing right. But if you treat one person as being more important
than another, you are sinning. You are guilty of breaking God's law" (James
Someone once said, "We are all ethnics; some of us just work at it harder than
others." Because prejudiced thinking is at the heart of human depravity, racism
will likely be a challenge for every generation.
One form of racism, however, that has largely gone unnoticed today by the
African-American community is abortion. I agree with Rev. Johnny Hunt of the
Life Education and Resource Network, who says
abortion is racism in its ugliest form. "Because of some very suave planning by
abortion supporters and providers," writes Hunt, "abortionists have eliminated
more African-American children than the KKK ever lynched." Of course, Hunt, a
black American, isn't excusing the dastardly deeds of the KKK, but is simply
pointing out there is a much bigger injustice currently being perpetrated
against blacks than was being committed against them when the Klan was at its
zenith. Hunt contends abortion has robbed millions of black Americans of the
most essential of all rights — the right to life ... the right to opportunity
... the right to give something.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than three
times as likely as white women to have an abortion. The Family Research Council
says that African Americans represent 12 percent of the population but suffer 32
percent of the abortions in America. The Culture of Life Foundation & Institute
adds that more than 1,400 black children are aborted every day. Since Roe v.
Wade, that makes about 15 million African Americans removed from the
population who can never make any contribution to their race or their country.
Culture of Life Foundation & Institute
further notes: "Given the increased rate of abortion among African Americans, it
is fair to ask whether this community is specifically targeted by the abortion
industry. The writings of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood,
gave ample evidence of her belief in eugenics and her plan to reduce the
African-American population through 'family planning.' But that was over 60
years ago. Today, however, we do see a concentration of abortion business in
African-American neighborhoods. For example, according to Michigan Right to
Life, of the 36 abortion clinics remaining in Michigan, 11 are in Detroit, a
black majority city. Of those 11, nine are in African-American neighborhoods or
have predominantly African-American customers."
Yet the NAACP and most high-profile black leaders are squarely on the side of
the abortionists. Certainly some will deny this claim, saying to defend "choice"
is not to be "pro-abortion." You can personally be opposed to abortion, they
argue, but believe that it's improper to impose that standard on others. But
isn't that like the fallacious contention you can be personally opposed to
slavery and still defend the right of some to practice it? Isn't that like
saying, "I believe lynching a black person is wrong, but people still ought to
have that choice"? Gregg Cunningham in
Why Abortion is Genocide
correctly summarizes the matter when he writes, "The effort to outlaw abortion,
like the campaign to outlaw racial injustice, isn't merely about personal
morality. It is not merely about what a person does. It is about what a person
does to another person."
In February our nation celebrates Black History Month. It's an important time to
remember the role African-Americans have played in the history and culture of
our nation. Their influence for good has been profound! Nevertheless, I fear
blacks are largely missing the challenge of this new day. Too many are
unbelievably satisfied with the status quo of black genocide.
Perhaps the challenge of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "I Have a Dream" speech
would become the clarion call of all our black brothers: "No, no, we are not
satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and
righteousness like a mighty stream."
Rev. Mark H. Creech is Executive Director of the
Christian Action League
of North Carolina, Inc. He was a pastor for twenty years before taking this
position, having served five different Southern Baptist churches in North
Carolina and one Independent Baptist in upstate New York.
Rev. Creech is a prolific speaker and writer, and has served as a radio
commentator for Christians In Action, a daily program featuring Rev. Creech's
commentary on social issues from a Christian worldview.
In addition to RenewAmerica.us, his weekly editorials are featured on the
Christian Action League website and
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here for full bio.)