Saturday, October 31, 2009

America’s Achilles Heel

America has a fatal weakness in spite of her strength, and this weakness is spreading. It can actually lead to her downfall. From its inception, America has not treated its citizenry well. Even while drafting the Declaration of Independence, the foundational document that guarantees every person the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it enslaved millions of blacks - defining them as property rather than persons. Women were just a notch above the slave, considered property as well, civilly dead (i.e. no right to own property or vote) – totally subjected to the whims of her father or husband. There were laws in the land that actually restricted women’s rights such as the Comstock Laws that forbade, among other things, the making and selling of contraceptive devices. Much of the twentieth century was devoted to combating these inequities, with blacks and women sometimes joining together to reshape the American landscape with regard to civil rights.

These conditions made it easy for women like Margaret Sanger, to sell birth control and abortion as a woman’s rights issue. It was not unreasonable to think that a woman should have the ability to decide when and where she would bear children. It was not unreasonable to think that blacks should have the right to live in America without restrictions based on their race. Certainly, it was not unreasonable to fight to ensure that no one would "sit on the womb" of black women, as someone recently said to me. After all, black women faced double the inequities, based on their race and gender. Encouraging the two to fight together for their rights could not be viewed as anything less than an effort to ensure women a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

A simple trek back in time however, reveals that Sanger’s motivation for pursuing her birth control agenda had a more insidious meaning than that of guaranteeing a woman’s right in the fight for equality. Slavery had ended, but the question of what to do with the 4 million plus slaves that were now free had not been resolved. Sanger, an ardent eugenicist, joined hundreds of other American elite in crafting a “Negro Project” in answer to that question. Designed to control the birth rate of those America “didn’t want too many of” as Justice Ginsburg recently revealed, Sanger and her organization Planned Parenthood, waged a war against the births of blacks by promoting birth control, abortion and sterilization in the areas where most blacks reside.

Enlisting the likes of W.E.B. Dubois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jesse Jackson and others to spread her “equal rights” message, Planned Parenthood succeeded in persuading them that a woman’s right to prevent pregnancy or end pregnancy by abortion was a right to be fought for like the right for equality blacks have fought for so long. She and the forces supporting her elevated the woman’s right above the right of the baby to life. She effectively changed the language of the culture to create an illusion that the baby is not a person, not a human being. In doing so the fictional right of privacy, the cornerstone of the pro-abortion movement, was raised above the constitutional right of the child to live as guaranteed by the 14th amendment.

For thirty six years America’s Achilles’ heel has been systemically and systematically poisoned with rhetoric that has allowed for the destruction of her children in the womb, America's only means to grow and remain strong. Destroying America from within, anti-American, anti-black forces have been allowed to spew their arrows of death on woman after woman, and fifty one million babies.

What greater weapon of mass destruction is there than this – the conviction that a child is a problem to be dealt with at the hand of a doctor whose belief system endorses the elimination of a race of people? What greater act of terrorism is there than this – the conviction that the womb is no longer a sanctuary, no longer a place of nurture and protection, but instead,is a nest of terror to the unborn child. Indeed America’s Achilles’ heel is being increasingly poisoned and it has begun to seep into her foundations. I pray we are ready to stop the poisonous flow, lest in the not too distant future, there are no more of us.

1 comment:

Alveda said...

Thanks Catherine. Yes, that heel needs to be covered and healed!