WASHINGTON, D.C., February 6, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People threatened with legal action Ryan Bomberger for using its name and trademark to oppose abortion. Now the chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation is fighting back.
Bomberger said he received a letter from NAACP attorney Ned T. Himmelrich accusing him of “trademark infringement” for mentioning the NAACP in his artwork and his website. The artist and musician, who is black, often refers to the organization as the “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People,” a designation that singularly displeased its liberal leadership.
“It is ironic that a black man is being sued by the nation’s oldest civil rights group for exercising his most basic civil right—the freedom of speech,” said Bomberger. “This threat of legal action from the NAACP is nothing more than a multi-million dollar organization’s attempt to bully someone who’s simply telling the truth.”
With the help of attorney Charles M. Allen, who is affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, Bomberger filed a lawsuit in Virginia on Friday arguing that his work is protected by the First Amendment and “fair use” provisions of the law.
He also questioned the NAACP's priorities in using its legal resources to fight an activist trying to save black babies, rather than fighting the community's pathologies.
“Our inner-cities are crumbling, two-parent married families barely exist, 72.3 percent of our children are born into homes without fathers, and the NAACP wants to silence me for pointing out its support of abortion,” he said.
The lawsuit is the not the first time Bomberger – whose testimony as a child conceived by rape keynoted the 2013 March for Life – locked horns with the political pressure group.
Last summer he erected signs saying unborn children are “black and beautiful” and likening abortion to slavery.
“Slavery was about not having the right to make any decisions,” objected NAACP official Hilary Shelton. “This is so far removed from that, that if it weren’t such a serious issue, it would almost be laughable.”
In 2004, the organization passed a resolution supporting abortion-on-demand. Then-Chairman Julian Bond said the group was “pleased to join those insisting on a woman’s right to control her own body.”
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In 2010, the Georgia NAACP opposed a state bill to criminalize abortions committed because of the unborn child's race, the polar opposite of the region's onetime eugenics policies.
Yet there is no doubt blacks account for a disproportionate number of abortions – a fact conceded by all.
The NAACP's role in promoting Planned Parenthood – and coveting its support – has rubbed pro-life African-Americans the wrong way for years.
“We, as black Americans, have endured and achieved, to have the NAACP support abortion-on-demand, which has destroyed over 400,000 Black babies this year alone, is incomprehensible,” Day Gardner told LifeSiteNews.com several years ago.