We have reached the point, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, where there is a full blown war going on in America. We are in the middle of a war for America’s heart and soul, a war that has implications from the coasts to flyover country, land of the bitter, God-Loving gun clingers. However, many on the Left accuse us as conservatives, of ignoring the inner city, and ignoring, in particular the African-American community. They believe that we should be promoting their increases in education subsidies that have proven to do nothing in terms of raising the quality of education, or supporting their War on Poverty that has not moved the number of Americans living in poverty by a full percent in forty years. Liberals are content to believe that their secular, big government programs and ideology are what the African-American family needs, despite the fact that the 40 years of LBJ’s Great Society have proved to be anything but great for African-American society. Once again, the true solution comes not from the village elders top down solutions, but from ground up, conservative values, including the most important value, which is the value of life.
The past couple of times that I have written, I have talked about the disintegration of American society, aided by the moral relativism of our times. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the African-American community, where Black women are 5 times more likely than white women to have an abortion. However, this is only the beginning of the abortion holocaust that occurs in the Black community. It is not simply the fact that a disproportional number of Black women seek out abortions, but the question of why Planned Parenthood puts a disproportionate number of clinics in African-American neighborhoods. While we certainly have heard the shaky argument that the reason that more Black women have abortions is the lack of contraceptives, the real issue has yet to be discussed-that this was the vision of Margaret Sanger, noted eugenicist, Nazi sympathizer and founder of Planned Parenthood who believed that abortion was to be used to stamp out undesirable races. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not an issue of choice, this is an issue of targeted genocide.
The Center for Disease Control found in their most recent report that “Abortion killed at least 203,991 blacks in the 36 states and two cities (New York City and the District of Columbia) that reported abortions by race in 2005, according to the CDC. During that same year, according to the CDC, a total of 198,385 blacks nationwide died from heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined. These were the seven leading causes of death for black Americans that year. So what do we get from the race hustlers, the NAACP, the Jesse’s and Al’s, the first Black President on this issue? Deafening silence. The reason for their silence is because abortion is one of the problems, but is not the main disease. The disease is the breakdown of social, intellectual and cultural capital within the African-American community, which comes out of the breakdown of the African-American family.
When we look at statistics like the fact that over 1500 Blacks are killed by abortion each day, they are mind numbing, but unfortunately, hardly surprising given the state of the Black community. When you have 70 percent of children being born out of wedlock, with 60 percent never seeing a father, is it a surprise that this is a community being adversely affecting by the moral relativism of the village elders? These are the dark days envisioned by the Moynihan report, in which Senator Moynihan famously declared “At the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family.” This remains true today, with the high rates of homicide, abortion, drug abuse and crime within the African-American community being attributable to the lack of a familial structure that existed pre-1964, when African-Americans made the greatest progess in African-American society. It is not the village, along with the big government subsidies that Blacks need, but the a strong family and communal structure looking to lead with good examples, rather than with good looks.
The shift in thinking is not simply with acknowledging the problem, but with offering a different solution. It is not enough as pro-family, pro-life conservatives to acknowledge that there is a disease effecting Black America, but we must be willing to step up with our own anecdote. My solution is to engage to rebuild a broken community from the bottom up, rather than top down. Marriage must be at the forefront of the community, and it is something that must be rebuilt, by encouraging marriage, rather than simple cohabitation. Mentorship programs helping fathers realize their roles within the family structure as well as church and pro-life activism seeking to include men within our ranks as positive examples of doing the right thing is infectious. Life begins at conception, but does not end there; if we are to convince more women to choose life, we must convince more men of the necessity of choosing life as well-the lives of their children. As Obama declares swine flu a national health hazard one could only wish that he could see the real health hazard going on in the Black community. One could only hope for his priorities to change-the lives of a dying generation depend on it, and all of us.