During the turn of the century in a small rural town called Rosewood, Florida, residents found themselves hunting down and killing African Americans with blood lust and zeal. Men were hung, burned, stabbed, or shot to death. Women were summarily executed if they resisted the will of the mob. Children were subject to the whims of the crowd. Sometimes there was mercy, and at other times…
Not long after the violence ceased, our country reeled at the news that such violence could senselessly spread so quickly within the United States. Decades after the genocide had ceased the ancestors of the victims received an apology from the United States government. Today, the mere mention of the word “Rosewood” moves some to anger and others to tears or sorrow.
Nevertheless I contend that a greater tragedy than Rosewood is taking place every day. What’s worse is that this tragedy is strangely familiar to what happened in Rosewood. However, this tragedy is one million times more dangerous because it is taking place in every state in our Union.
Furthermore, this tragedy is sanctioned by the United States government, supported and promoted by those it destroys, and defended with religious zeal. Truly, those exploited and victimized by this genocide mistakenly believe they are being helped when instead they are being hoodwinked. They call evil good and good evil. They call light darkness and darkness light. They are backward, upside down, and turned around.
Perhaps the greatest irony of it all is that the organization that carries out these atrocities, Planned Parenthood, is now, more than ever, fulfilling the mission of its founder, Margaret Sanger. What was that mission?
In a letter to a friend Margaret wrote, “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…”
Did Sanger know where this would lead? Under the guide of women’s right, contraceptives, and freedom, millions of Negroes have been murdered.
Unfortunately, the lives lost are only the tip of the iceberg. Nationwide, the African American population is reeling from the loss of human capital and potential that we’ve laid down at the alter of Planned Parenthood clinics. Our neighborhoods are filled with scarred women who deal with the guilt of having their own infant’s blood on their hands. Jails are filled with men who try not to remember the children they lost in abortion clinics.
And all the while, Planned Parenthood gets richer while the poor get poorer. Science is “advanced” when the carcasses of aborted infants are sold for “research.” White liberal supremacy shouts for joy because the African American family is almost extinct, while the African American population is decimated.
So what’s the answer to this problem? You are. Remember, Jesus said you are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. Light repels darkness and salt preserves life. Now more than ever you are needed to get involved physically, mentally, and spiritually. What should you do?
First, educate others. Share what you know personally and online. Next, volunteer to work with pregnancy centers that are offering alternatives to abortion. Third, give financially to organizations that are doing something about this terrible genocide. Lastly, fast and pray for our nation.
Photo credit: Students for Life
Kenneth Fontenot is a member of the Cure Clergy Network and Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Wilson, NC.
The views expressed in opinion articles are solely those of the author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by Black Community News.
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