Black speaker at March for Life: abortion is ‘genocidal,’ ‘the Destruction of a People’
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Abortion means the genocide of America’s African-American community, according to a fiery speech given by a speaker at this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Pastor Luke Robinson of the Quinn Chapel AME Church in Frederick, Maryland, gave the final speech on the Mall before marchers dispersed for the annual walk to the Supreme Court. He was joined on the platform by other community leaders who held signs proclaiming, “Stop Black Genocide” and “Personhood for All.”
Just minutes earlier, Rev. Walter Hoye II of the National Black Pro-life Coalition drew attention to the disparate impact abortion has on black Americans. “Even though we are only 12 percent of the population, we account for over 30 percent of all abortion in this country,” he said.
Pastor Robinson, who spoke for about 25 minutes, said one-third of all aborted children “are black like me. They are black like the president in the White House, Mr. Obama. But I am sorry to say today that they will never have the chance to be president of the United States.”
He added that, in New York City, 60 percent of unborn black children are aborted. Such a high rate means most blacks in that city are not being born.
“On this platform and at this rally today are African-Americans…our hearts are heavy. Our voice needs to be clearly heard for justice,” he said. “We are troubled because our country is increasingly embracing the culture of death.”
In a powerful speech that was often interrupted by applause, Pastor Robinson said abortion is “a tragedy in America. It’s a tragedy in the African-American community. It is genocidal. It is the destruction of a people.”
He called Lila Rose’s undercover work – which exposed Planned Parenthood accepting donations specifically to abort black babies – “a wake-up call.”
He challenged his fellow black leaders – many of whom support federal funding for abortion – to stand up against the high rate of abortion in their own community. “Where is the voice of President Obama? Where is the voice of Jesse Jackson? Where is the voice of Al Sharpton? Where is the voice of the Black Congressional Caucus?...Where is the voice of the NAACP on this issue? Where is the voice of the African-American church on this issue? They all silent.”
These “so-called freedom fighters,” he said, are nothing more than “instruments of the culture of death.”
“They want us to be silent because the president is a black man,” but the president’s administration “is leading this nation and especially the African-Americans to absolute destruction,” said Robinson.
He noted that many, such as Jesse Jackson, once opposed abortion and even spoke at the 1977 March for Life, before they became involved in Democratic Party politics. “Could it possibly be that the billion dollar abortion business have bought them out?” he asked.
Black church leaders have the responsibility to revive their history of peaceful activism, he said, quoting Martin Luther King Jr.‘s Letter from a Birmingham Jail: “We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did was ‘legal,’ and everything that the Hungarian freedom fighters did was’ illegal.’”
“The abortion industry and the so-called pro-choice are lying, and we are dying,” he said.
Robinson’s closing prayer asked that America would throw “a great retirement party” for pro-abortion politicians after this year’s elections.