Jesse Jackson is a civil rights activist who certainly believes that black lives matter. He spoke eloquently on behalf of the cause of life, as he did in this this piece in the Right to Life News:
“The question of life is The Question of the 20th century.
Race and poverty are dimensions of the life question, but discussions about abortion have brought the issue into focus in a much sharper way. How we will respect and understand the nature of life itself is the over-riding moral issue, not of the Black race, but of the human race.
The question of abortion confronts me in several different ways. First, although I do not profess to be a biologist, I have studied biology and know something about life from the point of view of the natural sciences.
Second, I am a minister of the Gospel and therefore, feel that abortion has a religious and moral dimension that I must consider.
Third, I was born out of wedlock (and against the advice that my mother received from her doctor) and therefore abortion is a personal issue for me.
From my perspective, human life is the highest good, the summum bonum. Human life itself is the highest human good and God is the supreme good because He is the giver of life. That is my philosophy.
Everything I do proceeds from that religious and philosophical premise.”
“How we respect life is the over-riding moral issue,” By JESSE JACKSON; Right to Life News, January 1977
The tragic negation of his philosophy
In a few short years, Mr. Jackson flip-flopped. Why? He ran for president.
Like Ted Kennedy who also flip flopped when he ran for president in 1980, Jackson reversed his philosophy on what is the “highest good” with this dismissive explanation that ‘it would not be proper for him as president to impose his religious views on the country.’ And yet he called for Medicaid-funded abortions, which imposed a grave evil on people of faith who would be asked to pick up the tab in violation of THEIR religious beliefs.
Mr. Jackson’s flip flop has sown bitter fruit within the Black community. As data from the Alan Guttmaucher Institute reveals:
‘For every two African American women that get pregnant, one will choose to abort. A Black baby is 5 times more likely to be killed in the womb than a White Baby.’
The Reverend Clenard H. Childress Jr. goes so far as to claim that…
“the most dangerous place for an African American to be is in the womb of their African American mother.”
The replacement birthrate has dropped below replacement level in the African American community. Some in the Black community characterize this development as nothing less than a Black Genocide.
Planned Parenthood’s role
Planned Parenthood’s role in this holocaust has been profound. They have located 78% of their clinics in predominantly Black neighborhoods. And although Blacks only comprise 12% of the population, they account for 35% of the abortions in the U.S.
What is so disturbing about these numbers is the philosophical premise of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, which animates the organization in spirit even today. Said Ms. Sanger:
“We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…”
“… these two words [birth control] sum up our whole philosophy… It means the release and cultivation of the better elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”
To clarify: at one point, Margaret Sanger and Jesse Jackson held adversarial philosophical premises:
SANGER’S PHILOSOPHY: “Suppress human weeds.”
JACKSON’S PHILOSOPHY: “Human life is the highest good.”
Jackson sold out to the human abortion crowd. He could have made a difference had he honored the religious convictions he was so willing to share with anyone and everyone, that is, until the day he ran for president.
Black lives matter, even if Planned Parenthood doesn’t think so.