Black Pro-Lifers Share Abortion Expose’ at NAACP Convention
by Steven Ertelt | Los Angeles, CA | LifeNews.com | 8/2/11 11:45 AM
In what has become an annual tradition, a group of black pro-life advocates shared the pro-life message with participants at the annual NAACP convention. This time, the pro-lifers shared copies of a documentary exposing how abortion adversely affects the African-American community.
Rev. Clenard Childress of New Jersey and 17 members of the black pro-life group Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN) traveled to southern California to distribute 3,000 copies of the eye-opening documentary MAAFA 21 to attendees of this year’s NAACP National Convention held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.
MAAFA 21 is a dynamic production produced by Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics that chronicles the history of abortion in America and the deliberate and systematic targeting of the African American community — including highlighting the racist agenda of Planned Parenthood.
“MAAFA 21 is a tremendous tool for social activists to use in the Black Community,” said Rev Childress. “It empirically documents Black Genocide in America. The seeds that were sown in these last four days are going to bring a harvest of witnesses and advocates to proclaim the truth about black genocide.”
Childress complains that the “NAACP Convention has still refused to address the issue of abortion, which has killed over 20 million African Americans to date and is decimating the black community at the rate of 1,786 a day. Fifty-two percent of all African American pregnancies end in abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm for Planned Parenthood.”
In June, the NAACP went as far as denouncing a pro-life educational billboard campaign aimed at drawing attention to the high black abortion rate and valuing the life of black children. The campaign is the brainchild of Ryan Bomberger, the head of the Radiance Foundation and the billboards were set up to celebrate Juneteenth (June 19th) and the liberation of black Americans from the shackles of slavery. They are meant to “expose the epidemic of abortion.”
Childress and the team of participants hoped to persuade NAACP convention attendees of the need to oppose abortion and one participant in the educational effort was surprised to see the push-back she received from NAACP organizers.
“I am surprised that there was so much opposition to us from security,” stated Sasha Dalger. “We were giving things away and there were those who were selling things and soliciting signatures for political organizations who virtually went unopposed.”
Malik Wright agreed, and said, Yeah, it was like they were looking just for us. One security guard tried to confiscate our DVDs. You would think we were giving out pornographic videos.”
While the president of the NAACP, Benjamin Jealous, stated in his opening address that “The NAACP’s task in the 21st century is to turn racial equality into racial justice,” Childress says that’s not evident in a city with one of the biggest percentages of black Americans, New York.
“In New York City for instance, for every 1000 African Americans born, 1,625 are killed by abortion,” he said. “If that is the agenda of the NAACP, then we have helped the mission along by handing out MAAFA 21, which exposes racial prejudice and Black Genocide in the 21st century. Three thousand members should be now paving the way to end racial injustice.”
The pro-life team handed out the 3,000th DVD of the abortion expose’ to a delegate from Denver, Colorado who promised to contact the organization with her thoughts after she watched it: to which participant Anton Tucker said, “I believe we have come full circle in some way, I truly believe something significant has happened here this week. We hand out 2,999 and the last one goes to where it all started, Denver.”
The NAACP is not new to controversy when it comes to abortion and, in April, NAACP officials rushed to defend the nation’s largest abortion business after videos were released showing Planned Parenthood staffers helping alleged sex trafficking ring operators. A collection of 27 organizations, including the civil rights group, sent a letter to Congress asking lawmakers to resist the urge to support a bill sponsored by Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana to cut the millions in taxpayer funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives through the federal family planning program.
The NAACP passed a 2004 resolution voicing support for “equal access to abortion” and urging its members to participate in a pro-abortion rally in Washington. Then, in 2007, the NAACP, for the second time in four years, blocked a proposed resolution expressing opposition to abortion.
The Georgia chapter of the NAACP came under fire in 2010 for withdrawing its support for a bill advancing in the Georgia state legislature that would ban abortions done specifically because the child is African-American.
The decision drew criticism from Star Parker, a nationally syndicated pro-life black columnist.
“Why would a bill that criminalizes abortion motivated by race not have the support of the NAACP? Or, even more perplexing, why would the NAACP endorse such a bill and then rescind its endorsement?” she asked.
“After the bill moved to the House for passage, suddenly Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP, had a change of heart. In a statement withdrawing NAACP’s support for the bill, DuBose claimed they didn’t “fully understand” it when they endorsed it,” she added. “It’s not news that an abortion holocaust is taking place in black America. Blacks, about 12 percent of our population, account for almost 40% of the abortions that are performed nationwide each year.”