Racism Against African Americans and the Link to Abortion – Part 1
“When we are talking about abortion and the race issue comes up, some people think that’s just kind of a forced bringing of two things together. However, if you look at the history of abortion in America, you can see what was really going on and it has everything to do with race. It has to do with the dehumanizing of African Americans. It’s easier to eliminate someone when they have been dehumanized. African Americans have been fighting against that for quite some time. In 1905 there was an animal trainer in Africa named Ota Benga. He was very good at what he did. A man from the Eugenics Society at the time wanted to bring Ota Benga to America. Eugenicists believed in scarcity and the survival of a primary species – and that species was the white race. They were racists. They felt that people of color, the poor, the disabled, etc., were undesirable to society and should be eliminated. It was very popular in England, America, and other parts of Europe, primarily. Adolph Hitler later adopted this point of view.
So this eugenicist captured Ota Benga and put him in a cage with monkeys and apes and put him in the World’s Fair to say that Africans were closer to apes and monkeys than humans on an evolutionary scale. In 1906, another man bought Ota Benga and the display and put them in the Bronx Zoo as an educational exhibit! This was long past the end of slavery. Over 40,000 people a weekend came to see this exhibit. Ota Benga, such a gifted man, eventually committed suicide because of the way he was treated.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a Eugenicist in that time period, as well. She was a racist who recommended birth control for the ‘undesirables’. She promoted sterilization and abortion to control lower-class and ‘colored’ populations. Her first abortion clinic was opened in Harlem, New York, an African American community. Even today, most Planned Parenthood clinics are in African American neighborhoods across the nation. They are still trying to control the population of those people they think are going to be ‘the dregs of society’.” (Will Ford)
“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.” (Acts 17:26; NASB)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Cry out for eyes to see the root of abortion in America! It is rooted in racism.
- Ask God for His heart for people that are a different color or culture than yours.
- Intercede for this appalling background information to be known by the public, to be taught in our schools, so history cannot repeat itself.
- Pray for unity in the Body of Christ, that we may be one, even as Christ and the Father and the Holy Spirit are One.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, forgive our society for the sin of racism, leading to massive rates of abortion of the African American community in our country. The elephant in the room when we talk about abortion in America is eugenics and racism. It’s all connected. This is a powerful truth that we must see, so we can repent and work to correct history. We must intercede and we must work hard to undo the damage done to African Americans. The blood of their children is crying out from the land. We have distanced ourselves from the everyday reality of our Black brothers and sisters. We have not loved one another, even as we love ourselves. We thank You that Life is taking on a whole new value in our country now, Lord. You are giving us Your Life in exchange for all the death we have allowed, even promoted, to come into our land. Science has invalidated many of the claims that eugenicists and other racists leaned on in the past to separate and destroy whole groups of people. Science is invalidating arguments from abortionists that life in the womb is nothing more than a blob of tissue. We say that African Americans and all others of various races will be seen in all their beauty and giftedness in our country. Babies in the womb will be seen in all their beauty and giftedness. We will not come up with any excuses to destroy life any longer! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
We are done with racism in America! Seeing the beauty and giftedness of every race will help us value the hidden life in the womb.
Learn more about Will Ford here.