The following opinion piece, on which Dean collaborated with Dr. Childress, appeared in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in January of 2009. It’s publication coincided with 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, and with the inauguration of the first black President of the U.S, Barack Obama.

Rev. Clenard Childress

With Dean Davis of Sonoma County Pro-Life

God be thanked, Barack Obama’s daughters have survived the black genocide unleashed by the U. S. Supreme Court in 1973. Yes, genocide. If you are skeptical, please consider the following statistics.

About 1,780 black babies are aborted every day in the United States, resulting in nearly 530,000 deaths per year. Since 1973, there have been well over 16,000,000 abortions among Afro-Americans. This is more than a quarter of their current population. It is also 2.5 times the total of all black deaths due to AIDS, cancer, heart disease, accidents, and violent crime.

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion. Though they make up only 12.4% of the population of child-bearing women, they account for 37% of all abortions. 94% of abortions are performed in metropolitan centers, and 7 in 10 in minority neighborhoods. Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology lab in Los Angeles, 12-15,000 of them were observed to be black. In some American cities, half of all black pregnancies end in abortion.

You reply, “These are tragic statistics, but where’s the genocide? No one is forcing these women to abort!” Agreed. But many are targeting them for abortion, and then inviting, seducing, and pressuring them to act. Moreover, those responsible for educating and warning us about the full humanity of the unborn and the devastating results of abortion remain intentionally silent. I hold that this is worse than genocide, since perpetrators like these do not even have the courage to declare publicly their true intentions.

Among the targeters, Planned Parenthood leads the pack. They began in 1939, with the so-called “Negro Project” –a program designed to use abortion, sterilization, and birth control to stamp out “human weeds” (Margaret Sanger’s term for Afro-Americans). Clarence Gamble encouraged fellow-eugenicist Sanger to hire colored ministers to promote the plan: “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population; the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Today, with the NAACP and multitudes of black pastors looking the other way, Planned Parenthood situates 77% of its clinics in minority neighborhoods.

Yes, black genocide is real. But the good news is that Barack Obama has now put a face on it, and in a way that may soon lead to its demise. This will be true whether either one of the following two scenarios plays itself out.

First, Providence has given Obama an extraordinary opportunity to become a powerful advocate for the ones most targeted by the abortion industry. He would, of course, have to see the egregious evil of black genocide, and then reverse his current policy of abetting it. But if that ever happened, he could do as much as any human being alive or dead to draw the most vulnerable of his black brothers and sisters–and the rest of the unborn as well–safely into the cradle of life.

But secondly, even if he persists in his “pro-choice” error; even if he continues his (unpublicized) affiliation with Planned Parenthood; even if he makes good on his promise to them to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (thereby wiping out all abortion restrictions at the state level) . . . he will still put a face on black genocide.

Why? Because every black American knows Barack Obama, and every black American expects him to help them. Therefore, as the growing army of black pro life leaders–Alveda King, Star Parker, Walter Hoye, Tijuanna Adetunji, etc.–continue to showcase the fact that our first black President is part of the problem and not the solution, every black American will connect the dots at last, see the problem, and rise up against it. Who knows, perhaps the President’s own daughters will one day ask, “Dad, why are you siding with Planned Parenthood in the decimation of our people?”

So then, one way or another the light of truth will soon be shining in the darkness of black genocide. Pray to God that when it does, the darkness will flee and America will come to the light of life!

Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., is senior pastor of The New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ. He is the founder of the website and president of Life Education And Resource Network, Northeast (LEARN).