Clenard Childress
Black life matters, to whom
By Clenard Childress
March 27, 2015

In Martin Luther Kings Sermon "The Strength to Love" he penned one of many of his prophetical insight that speaks so clearly to our social ills today. Generically many can be applied but this in particular was solely for the African American community. Dr. Kings stated,"

My friends we cannot win the respect of the white people of the south or elsewhere if we are willing to trade the future of our children for our personal safety and comfort" Dr. King would go on to say," moreover, we must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to co-operate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil"

The tragic events that have plagued America have caused great misery and sorrow to the families that have been bereaved of loved ones and a society at large that has been bereaved of civil discourse and calm. I would point out the divisiveness and strife is not only confined to Washington DC The evidence of embedded national strife has surfaced through these incidences. Many engaged in the debate have demonstrated humanities distinct nature of ignoring their own blatant hypocrisies. Failure to be brutally honest with the evidence leads to affirming our own prejudices and personal points of contention. Far too many are making their point but only to support their political position or ideology than looking for and at the truth objectively. When two segments of our society view and hear practically the same report and 59% of Whites see it one way and 83% of Blacks see it another way we as a nation have serious race issues. issues. " Does Black Life Matter ?When we objectively look at all that has transpired, the grand jury decisions, demonstrations in major cities, the political posturing and the data on Black and White responses to the acquittals of the officers involved You can only come to one conclusion in answering that question . Black Life Matters in the eyes and ideology of the beholder and not the rule of principle and divine law. Black Life Matters When It Is Convenient

To all my brothers and sisters that were marching with their "hands up" and to them that chanted "I can't breath" all of society agrees with you and though the facts of the case are only tritely known to God and the living who were directly involved there was certainly enough reflections from others and in one case video to take to the streets in protest. It was surprising to me that people were surprised at the repercussions that resulted from Mike Brown and Eric Garner and still the debate rages on .

But there is no doubt that their are 1,786 African American children killed each day by abortion and abortion is one if not the most brutal means of killing another person. The carnage continues unimpeded by law and many of those children "had their hands up" but it meant absolutely nothing!. Evidence? Evidence? How many times did we hear in the Eric Garner case when the grand jury failed to indict say "did they see the video?' Hey! The pro-life movement has been showing videos for over a decade of the reality of the humanity of the child in the womb and we still have laws that mutilate children in the womb. Have you ever seen the silent scream? Did you know you can actually see the child attempt to ward off the scalpel!. You would think that would indict America and the injustice would cease but it hasn't and it's happening every day. I say to all on both sides of the argument, if you cant tolerate what happened to Mike brown and Eric Garner then you certainly shouldn't tolerate the destruction of African American children who were killed in n the womb who had their hands up and were never given the chance to breathe!.

All Black Life Matters since you brought it up but pro-lifers have been screaming this since 1973. In October of 2014 LEARN marched through Newark, Lawnside, Philadelphia, District of Maryland and finally Washington Dc to bring attention to the disproportioned amount of " Black Life" children being systemically killed by Abortion.

Over 20 million since 1973 Not many joined us "Black Life Matters? Not many supported us, Black Life Matters? To Whom? We will assemble ourselves again this October won't you join us? If you marched or protested or supported the demonstrations and outrage over Mike Brown and Eric Garner then I am sure you will be with us in October,10-13 2015 Why? Because Black Life Matters! Right?

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Clenard Childress

Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., is the senior pastor of The New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ. He is the founder of the website and president of Life Education And Resource Network, Northeast. LEARN is the largest African-American pro-life group in the US... (more)


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