No Reparations for the Unborn
posted at 12:57 pm on June 26, 2009 by The Race Card
African-American politicking is all about civil rights. The tireless quest for a civil rights Holy Grail has become painfully predictable. Numerous black-Americans ally themselves with any liberal cause, if only to swell the ranks of those who might support their own cause. Liberal groups knowingly capitalize on this blind faith by castigating black-conservatives as inauthentic, thereby demanding black allegiance to the Democratic Party.
Civil rights, womens’ rights, even prisoner’s rights have all seen their political heyday. Gay rights rallies are all the rage. What about the rights of the unborn?
Though unlikely, reparation for slavery is an oft-tossed bone suggesting future remunerations in exchange for black allegiance to Democrats. The Congressional Black Caucus seems to be think reparations are feasible. What about reparations for the unborn?
There are none.
Father John Raphael, principal of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans spoke at the National Right to Life convention last week. He described the conflict of celebrating Obama’s election, an American milestone, with an increased urgency to protect the unborn from the “genocidal magnitude of legalized abortion.”
“I was welcomed with open arms by my pro-life brothers and sisters, and I was an enigma at best and a traitor at worse to many of my African-American brothers and sisters,” he said. “I found myself at the intersection of two communities who in many areas, even concerning the sanctity of life, have much more in common than one might imagine.”
Father Raphael said he believes these two communities need to connect because they need each other, as they stand on “different banks of a mighty and destructive river.”
“African-Americans need pro-lifers because African-Americans and minority communities are being systematically targeted by anti-life forces,” he said. “Our future is being destroyed by the genocidal magnitude of legalized abortion.”
Pro-lifers need the African-American community, he said, because blacks with their unique American history provide new energy to the movement.
Father Raphael called for “culturally sensitive” bridging between pro-lifers and African-Americans. Maybe some blacks will embrace pro-life positions once considered within a civil rights paradigm. Maybe some Republicans could put an personal embargo on chain-letter emails containing images of monkeys or watermelons just long enough to be taken seriously by more Blacks.
There is no equality to speak of until black-Americans enjoy the full spectrum of America’s political landscape. Conservative issues should resonate more with blacks. But many Blacks are often too obstinate to listen while many conservatives are too tone deaf to harmonize.