by Benjamin Watson, tight end for the Baltimore Ravens and President of One More Foundation, and Brian Fisher, Co-Founder and President of Human Coalition I do a fair amount of writing for Human Coalition, so it’s always a welcome relief when someone offers to jump in and co-write an article with me. When I started writing this short blog series on abortion and racism, I was honored that Bishop Vincent J. Mathews Jr., President of the International Missions Department, Church of God in Christ, offered to share his thoughts and perspective. And our article generated a substantial amount of discussion on the blog and in the office. We are currently embarking on a three-year partnership with the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), based on educating and involving COGIC congregations in the effort to rescue children and families from abortion. So the article was very timely. As I got to work on the second part of the series, I was thrilled that another guest writer offered to share his stellar remarks on such a heated topic. Many thanks to Benjamin Watson, Super Bowl Champion, President of One More Foundation, tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, and author of Under our Skin: Getting Real about Race—and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us, for co-writing this piece. I’m also excited that he recently agreed to join the Human Coalition Advisory Board. He joins two other NFL greats, Chad Hennings and Tunch Ilkin, along with a host of other fantastic and supportive voices of influence. As a voice of reason in a culture of chaos, Benjamin has led the national conversation on racial redemption, while drawing attention to the abortion industry’s systematic targeting of babies in minority communities. We both welcome your comments on this blog. America’s race relations are at a breaking point. The seemingly cyclical pattern of police shootings, followed by inner-city riots and looting, and the retaliatory violence that often follows have put a real strain on the black community. And rather than try to foster a spirit of reconciliation, the media helps fan the flames of violence by giving radicals on both sides a platform to spew more hatred. Unfortunately, for as much coverage as the media has given to the social injustice of racism, they have completely ignored the most prolific result of racism in modern-day America: abortion. The most prolific result of racism in modern-day America: abortion. Click To Tweet
Abortion Is the Spawn of RacismIn the first half of this two-part message, we examined the roots of widespread abortion in America, which were wrapped up in the practice of eugenics and racism. Specifically, we considered the following:
- Abortion disproportionately affects African Americans who account for approximately 12.6% of the U.S. population, but roughly 35% of all abortions. African Americans account for approx. 12.6% of the U.S. pop., but roughly 35% of all abortions. Click To Tweet
- Out of all Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities, 79% are located in or within walking distance of minority communities.
- In New York City (the birthplace of birth control and the abortion capital of America), if you are a black baby in the womb, then you are more likely to be killed than born. More than 50% of African-American preborn babies are aborted in this city, and those abortions account for 42% of all NYC abortions. In NYC, if you are a black baby in the womb, then you are more likely to be killed than born. Click To Tweet
- There were 285 African Americans killed in police-related incidents in America during 2015. However, more blacks are killed every day in America by abortion.
- If you are a Christian—regardless of your race or denomination—the sacredness of life should be the lens through which you view every societal problem. Every person is created in the image of God and deserves a chance to live. God commands us to protect the innocent and rescue those being led away to slaughter (Proverbs 24:11). Therefore, we must speak out against the evil of abortion and its impact on our communities. This is nonnegotiable. God commands it; therefore, we must obey.
- Many women who seek an abortion aren’t angry, violent, or pro-choice activists. They are women who’ve been deceived by a culture that tells them abortion is the best thing they can do for themselves and their preborn child. They have little support from their family, the baby’s father, or society. We need to reach these women and empower them to believe they can be great parents. We need to provide them with resources so choosing life becomes the better choice.