There’s another side of Black History Month

Feb 6, 2011 | By: Cliff Biggers

In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson introduces Black History Week to the world. With deep convictions about the plight of African-Americans and other minority groups, Woodson wanted to honor the contributions of African-Americans in America.

Being a part of the African-American community myself, I must write with great concerns, viewing another side “being black,” revealing the destruction of the African- American community in America as we celebrate Black History Month.

Recent figures of the Center for Disease Control give an alarming fact that is destroying the black community in America, which is self-destructing behavior among some black people. According to reports, “by race/ethnicity, African-Americans face the most severe burden of HIV in the United States (US). At the end of 2007, blacks accounted for almost half (46 percent) of people living with a diagnosis of HIV infection in 37 states and 5 US dependent areas with long-term confidential, name-based HIV reporting.” This is nothing to celebrate.
The report went on to say, “In 2006, blacks accounted for nearly half (45 percent) of new infections in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Even though new HIV infections among blacks overall have been roughly stable since the early 1990s, compared with members of other races and ethnicities they continue to account for a higher proportion of cases at all stages of HIV-from new infections to deaths,” according to the CDC.

Being retired from police service after a 25-plus-year career and trained to seek the facts, these facts are unacceptable to me and should be unacceptable to any decent God-fearing American. But the history does not stop there. There is a powerful documentary written and produced by Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics Inc., called “Maffa 21 Black Genocide in 21st Century America.

In the presentation, the statement is made that “since 1973, legal abortion has killed more African-Americans than AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and violent crimes combined.” The presenter goes on to say “every week, more blacks die in American abortion clinics than were killed in the entire Vietnam War. And the largest chain of abortion clinics in the United States is operated by Planned Parenthood.” The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger believed that “the weak, the poor and the blacks were little more than weeds who needed to be uprooted and/or sterilized to further the good of mankind.” This statement appeared in Sanger’s book, “The Pivot of Civilization,” published in 1922, according to a recent article published by Faith & Freedom Foundation.

Self-proclaimed black leader Jesse Jackson in 1975 called for a ban on abortion through a constitutional amendment. He stated in a Jet Magazine interview that “abortion is genocide,” then did an about face in 1984 when he ran for president and stood with the Democratic Party that supported Roe vs. Wade.

There is a total of 88 abortion clinics in the states surrounding Ohio and in Ohio. The majority of these clinics are in the poorer communities where a major portion of the population is people of color. What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say if he were alive today? Would these facts please him or cause his dream to be transformed into a nightmare. Let me say to everyone reading this column but especially to those who look like me, are we so far removed from the facts of history that we ignore the present crisis of human suffering and self-destruction? Shall we continue to go through the motion of a celebration of African-American History — which is American history — while turning our heads away from the possible inhalation of a certain group in our society? For those who know or don’t know this writer, for me it is a resounding no.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness must remain as our God-given rights, but must be approached as a privilege to help each other achieve. If Black History Month is to mean anything of substance, then participants must see the value of living and every person’s right to have a life supported by opportunities for equality and not mandates for receiving equality.

It is fine to celebrate our race, (human) creed, ethnicities, colors and cultures, but it is more reasonable and productive when we celebrate human living. I am my brothers’ keeper. With the world appearing to be in an upheaval, celebrate the possibilities of becoming more by helping someone to express the value of life, and we can all receive more from life.

Biggers is the founder and director of Race Relations Research Inc. and is pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Coshocton.

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