Do Black Lives Matter?

Ross Douthat wrote an excellent article for the Sunday edition of the New York Times entitled, “Looking away from Abortion.”

It begins with an essay by Dr. Richard Selzer describing a “strange suburban” scene.  After the garbage trucks have passed through the neighborhood, people find a “softness underfoot.”  It looks like baby birds or rubber dolls.  After closer examination they find the street littered with aborted fetuses.

Later, a hospital director tells Selzer that this scene rarely happens.  It was an accident.  There really is order in society.  You try to understand that “just because it’s awful to discover fetuses underfoot doesn’t mean the unborn have a right to live.”

This is the argument of Planned Parenthood that is being used after the release of the four videos where officials “cheerfully discuss the procedures for extracting those organs intact during an abortion and the prices they command.”  You see the fetus is not a person, but the organs are. Is that fact too hard for one to grasp?

Mr. Douthat writes on. “It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience, the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just ‘products of conception’ or tissue for the knife.”

Most people do not want to dwell on the facts of abortion.  Politics tells us not to be judgmental.  Why go against conventional wisdom?

“This reluctance is a human universal.  It’s why patriotic Americans rarely want to dwell too long on My Lai or Nagasaki,” Douthat writes.

But as Mr. Douthat concludes, the reluctance to look closely doesn’t change the fact those were dead human beings on Dr. Selzer’s street.  There are still 6 of 10 videos to go.  If the Left can’t get help from the courts to stop the playing of the videos, Planned Parenthood may not survive all this new attention.

Another interesting news item from Tulsa was the announcement that longtime pastor, the Rev. Warren Blakney of the North Peoria Church of Christ was retiring.  In the article by Bill Sherman, the Rev. Blakney recounted his civil rights days in Alabama.

Times were dangerous.  In his county, 87 percent of the population was African-American yet none held elective office.

Along the way he met Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and Jesse Jackson – two punks and a huckster.  His story is all about “standing for equity and fair play and what’s right.”

There is not a word about abortion or Planned Parenthood.

Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood.  Her thoughts on blacks, immigrants and indigents was: “human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning human beings who never should have been born.”

She goes on to say, “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Do black lives really matter?  Certainly not to Planned Parenthood and all those black preachers and pastors who cannot get away from race long enough to see what’s really happening to them.

In New York City, last year more black babies were aborted than born.

Where is the anger?

How does voting matter if you are never born?

The Left plays black Americans as fools.