A Kinder, Gentler Racism

I guess I was about 15 the first time I had an encounter with the KKK.  My friends and I had just finished playing basketball and were on our way to get something to eat.  We pulled up to a very busy intersection and noticed several men in white sheets walking up and down the median.  They were holding signs and chanting racist propaganda.  When our light turned green we stuck our heads out of the windows and yelled derogatory statements at them.  It made me feel like we had done our part for racial equality, like I was the next Medgar Evers just because one of my friends yelled at the Klan.

I eventually moved from Atlanta’s south suburbs in Clayton County and headed to the northeast Georgia mountains for college.  This is where I would see the KKK for the second time.  They were holding a rally on the courthouse square in Toccoa, Georgia.  I use the term rally loosely.  For every one Klansman that was present, there were probably two or three people who showed up to drown them out.  It was a beautiful sight to see, blacks and whites joining together to overpower the white sheets.

That was the early 1990s.  I haven’t seen or heard from the Klan since then.

Little did I know that there has been another, more sinister and powerful group working against blacks, among others, long before my first run-in with the Klan.  Since that time, while the Klan has seemed to disappear, this group has flourished.

In it’s early days, this group’s founder started something called The Negro Project where she sought to greatly decrease the number of babies born to black families.  Today, Margaret Sanger’s organization, now known as Planned Parenthood, has been polished up for mass appeal.  And boy are the masses appealed.  So much so that our own government forcibly takes money from its citizens to fund this organization.  I’m sure those cowards I saw when I was 15, the ones hiding behind the white sheets, are wondering why they didn’t come up with such a brilliant plan to attack the race that they so despise.

In the early 1990s, right around the same time that those men with the Klan were shouting from the courthouse steps in my tiny college town, Planned Parenthood performed almost a quarter of their abortions on black women.  In case that doesn’t seem like much to you, remember that black women make up a very small segment of our nation’s population.  It has been estimated that from 1973 to 2002, 10 million black babies were killed by abortion.  Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has the blood of many of those babies on its hands.

John Ensor explains that this is no coincidence but that minorities are actually being targeted by Planned Parenthood (emphasis mine).

“To date, the pregnancy center movement has grown mostly in rural and suburban areas. The great challenge now facing us is to respond to the abortion industry’s dominant business strategy of abandoning rural and suburban abortion facilities and targeting urban neighborhoods. For example, Planned Parenthood closed 17 abortion facilities in 2004. But they sold 20% more abortions. How did they do this? By targeting minority neighborhoods in major cites. Currently, 94% of America’s abortion facilities are in cities. And African-American women, who make up 13% of the female population account for 36% of all abortions.  Latino-American women makeup another 13% of the female population, but account for another 20% of all abortions.”

“But,” some have told me, “Planned Parenthood does a lot of good too.”

And so did Joe Paterno.  He built libraries and made sure kids graduated on time, all the while knowing that younger kids were being raped in the very facilities he was trusted to watch over.

And if the Church continues to stand by, doing nothing, while government sanctioned genocide happens right in front of us we too will be just like the legendary coach.

May history not remember us as a people who did nothing.