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Blacks, white supremacists, and abortion

The civil rights and pro-life movements have missed opportunities to work together

I’m not a Laurence Tribe fan, but the Harvard Law professor seemed downright vicious when he tweeted, “White Supremacists oppose abortion. … Never underestimate the way those issues and agendas are linked.” 

Tribe’s explanation lacked logic: He said they oppose abortion “because they fear it’ll reduce the number of white infants and thus contribute to what they fear as non-white ‘replacement.’” Actually, a black unborn child is three times as likely to be aborted as a white one. As Jason Riley of The Wall Street Journal reported, “In New York City, thousands more black babies are aborted than born alive each year.”

Riley is only one of many black writers and leaders who have pointed out abortionist racism. Mildred Jefferson, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, was president of the National Right to Life Committee during the 1970s. Alveda King speaks widely and has called abortion “womb-lynching.” Roland Warren is president and CEO of Care Net, America’s largest network of pregnancy resource centers. 

Others have also devoted their lives to affirming what John Perkins, WORLD’s 2020 Daniel of the Year, told me Thursday: “We hold these truths to be evident, that all lives matter to God.” But here’s something we need to admit on this 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision: The civil rights movement and the pro-life movement have sometimes been ships passing in the night, rather than allies in preserving lives. 

I asked Perkins why and came away with three reasons. First, past wrongs have left a legacy: For centuries “black life was of no consequence to white folks. … My mother died of starvation, living on a white man’s land.” Perkins noted that several decades ago some who opposed abortion also opposed integration: The two issues were not linked, but it’s true that some who were pro-life had “lost the language of human dignity.”

Second, coming to recent events, overwhelming white evangelical support for Donald Trump has created “a credibility problem” with blacks. Perkins said white conservative opposition to abortion, but support of a man who never apologized for sexual activities that probably led to abortions, left many blacks suspicious: “You say some things are right and some things are wrong … but do you live that right?”

Third, the suffering Perkins underwent when Mississippi police jailed and assaulted him in 1970 deepened his commitment to Christ: “When they were beating me up I would have blown that place up if I had had a hand grenade.” Perkins remembers “bargaining with God” while he was helpless, and coming away with the goal of preaching “a gospel that could redeem them too.” He remembers the result: “They didn’t kill me, and I got some enlightenment.” 

Perkins gained what underlines much pro-life activity: “I have gratitude to God for letting me live.” Bad as suffering is, God often uses it to increase our willingness to serve Him by protecting all the lives He creates. 

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Cyborg3
    Posted: Sat, 01/23/2021 09:14 am

    Perkins noted that several decades ago some who opposed abortion also opposed integration: The two issues were not linked, but it’s true that some who were pro-life had “lost the language of human dignity.”

    It wasn't just whites that opposed integration but many blacks opposed it too. Busing your kid across town so schools would be integrated did pose a cost for the schools, since many viewed it as needless friction and difficulty resulting in less learning. The kids also experienced difficulties and lost time traveling much further than needed. This was the view of many white and black people and did not necessarily show racism. 

    The article mentions how Christians with their Pro-life agenda are called white supremacists, but this is no different than the lies they said about Trump being one. The objective of the lies is to so vilify any ideology that competes with their radical agenda so they want to destroy us. The "hate" of Trump really had nothing to do with Trump but shows the hatred of our conservative ideology based on a Christian worldview. Anti-Trumpers have the false belief that they can disavow Trump and the left will back away from the attacks but this notion is totally misguided. Rather, Christians need to not only focus on the spiritual front bringing people to Christ and revival, but we need to fight the cultural war. Christians need to confront the ideology of the left in our schools and universities. Rather than let our faith be vilified and spit upon, we need to creatively fight to show the reasonableness of it. We need to promote the positive aspects of western civilization and show how it was the Christian balm that impacted the world- promotion of education and hospitals around the world, the eventual abolition of slavery around the world, the establishment of industry and capitalism around the world, and so much more. This war against Christianity by the secularists and leftists has an end goal of getting rid of us and removing Christians from the cultural discussion table of ideas. Some Christians are trying avoid this cultural war but this has a direct impact on the youth and people in general who view Christianity as a great evil from the propaganda of the schools and universities, the control of information by Big Tech and the MSM,  and telling of stories by Hollywood. The walls that the leftist agenda create has a direct impact on people coming to Christ! 
     

    Second, coming to recent events, overwhelming white evangelical support for Donald Trump has created “a credibility problem” with blacks. Perkins said white conservative opposition to abortion, but support of a man who never apologized for sexual activities that probably led to abortions, left many blacks suspicious: “You say some things are right and some things are wrong … but do you live that right?”

    You could not help but attack Trump again. I wonder why? If you really cared about abortion you would have supported Trump for the first action that Biden did was lift the restrictions on abortions with US money going overseas. How many additional abortions will take place because of this? Here is Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council talking about  Trump's Mexico City Policy.  Now thanks to many anti-Trumpers, like Mr Olasky, we have Biden as president who is now pushing abortion full throttle. Trump never behaved like Clinton while in office, though as a younger man he was known as a playboy. But the actions of Trump while in office were very consistent and the cheap attack on Trump shows World's inconsistency in supporting the pro-life position. Rather than attacking Trump, World should have investigated and kept us informed on all the duplicity that Big Tech and Democrats were working to steal the election. Your attacking Trump and failure to inform your readers of what was going on helped bring about Biden, which will be devastating for the Christian cause.