The recent disturbing case of Sandra Bland has opened up a whole new can of outrage in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The case truly is outrageous and deserves a lot of attention. This is where the movement becomes a powerful force for justice.
But Iâ€™m not a huge fan of #BlackLivesMatter, mostly because I donâ€™t think you really believe that. I think you think justice matters, racism matters, being heard mattersâ€¦but Iâ€™m not sure youâ€™re truly concerned about the matter of life.
Do black lives really matter to you? Or is it outrage you have become addicted to?
Iâ€™m not dissing the movement. Iâ€™m black. My kids are black. My husband is black. Of course black lives matter to me. What bothers me is the myopic nature of your justice â€śwarrioring.â€ť
Hereâ€™s something interesting: we are the only minority group in America that isnâ€™t growing. In the 1970s we represented about 12% of the population. In 2015 we represent about 12% of the population. Is our community losing ground because weâ€™re being killed indiscriminately by the police? No. The number of black deaths caused by police every year nationwide is hard to pin down but the most liberal of estimates have it at about 250 deaths per year. Are we this stagnant because of black on black homicide? Maybe itâ€™s a factor but even those numbers donâ€™t add up. In 2013, of the 2,491 murders of black Americans 2,245 were committed by fellow black Americans. Weâ€™d have to be losing hundreds of thousands of black lives per year to homicide to explain our stagnancy.
Have you figured out why yet? You can find a hint in my column from last week but in the meantime Iâ€™ll just tell you.
Now hold on before you go getting self-righteously offended. Iâ€™m not here to convince anyone to change their views on life and abortion. Thatâ€™s another topic for another day. However, I do think itâ€™s extremely relevant in the context of this situation because the scary truth of the matter is this â€“ abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood specifically target black communities.
Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood. She famously stated that Negroes were â€śundesirablesâ€ť and weeds and their numbers needed to be controlled. She felt sterilization and abortions were good ways to prevent the Negro population from growing and overtaking the white population. This is not in dispute and a simple search of her name will turn up all kinds of shocking details about her views on minorities as well as the disabled.
This is the woman who founded an organization that has a shockingly disproportionate number of centers in black communities (gosh, isnâ€™t that a coinky-dink?). Iâ€™ve lived in the cushy, picturesque suburbs of California for five years now and I couldnâ€™t tell you where the nearest Planned Parenthood is located. When we lived in the ghetto, there were two â€“ TWO â€“ Planned Parenthood offices within walking distance of my home. Do you think itâ€™s an accident that the Planned Parenthood founder was dedicated to shrinking the black population of America and now, in 2015 we represent 12% of the population and 35% of all abortions? You have to do some Olympic-level mental gymnastics to avoid making those connections.
By now many of us have seen the disturbing videos of Planned Parenthood executives negotiating the sale of body parts harvested during the abortion process. Considering the overwhelming number of clinics in black neighborhoods how many of those body parts do you think come from black babies? Are you okay with the organs and innards of black babies being sold to the highest bidder? Maybe you are because you donâ€™t see abortion as the taking of a life and I get that, so let me put it another way: Are you okay with the organs and innards of black babies being sold to the highest bidder by an organization whose founder made it her mission to reduce the black population?
I donâ€™t expect you to become passionate pro-life advocates. Thatâ€™s your business and as I said Iâ€™m not aiming to change your mind on abortion in this moment. I understand the #BlackLivesMatter movement isnâ€™t going to become an arm of the pro-life movement. Iâ€™m not asking you to do that. What I am asking you to do is expand your outrage a bit.
Police brutality is a real problem. I keep trying to tell you that this is what voting for more government in your lives looks like but yâ€™all keep voting for it anyway. Letâ€™s keep talking about it and demanding justice; but letâ€™s not pretend itâ€™s the problem facing our community. If we want the rest of America to think #BlackLivesMatter then we sure as hell better make them matter.
Weâ€™d better start talking about why weâ€™re not growing and expanding and itâ€™s not because of the police. Thatâ€™s just logic, thatâ€™s just numbers. Itâ€™s because we have allowed a white supremacist ideology to invade our communities, prevent our children from being born and call it â€śhelp.â€ť We want a bigger piece of the pie, a better seat at the political table but we are literally allowing our political capital to be killed off â€“ killed off and sold for parts.
#BlackLivesMatter, but how many of them? Just the ones the cops crap on? Or do they all matter? How far are you willing to go to save those lives? How far will your outrage extend? Will you be brave enough to draw the cameras into these dark places or will you continue to let the (white-led) media tell you how far youâ€™re allowed to take this whole thing?
Think about it and let me know.
Kira Davis is a writer, video blogger and homeschool mother of two. She has interviewed President Obama and appeared on Fox News, The BlazeTV and the Dr. Phil Show. Kira is a dog person but she owns a cat anyway. You can find her on Twitter @RealKiraDavis.
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