22 January 2013

When Will Academics Take Up This Civil Rights Cause?

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. To mark this solemn day, I offer the following . . . 

"Not only does this young generation of pro-life women shun the notion that abortion somehow liberates women; it views abortion as the civil-and human-rights cause of our day. Abortion is an injustice that permeates our society. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, we realize that a third of our peers are not here to share our progress and our hopes. It is our loss as well as theirs." ~ Excerpted from Time magazine's most recent issue. [All emphasis mine.]

Frankly, I don't believe they ever will. It doesn't fit their political agenda. While a number of academic bloggers, particularly those blogging about history and social issues, constantly moralize about American's original sin - slavery (even though slavery has been over with for 150 years and even it's bigoted aftermath is all but done), they are strangely quiet about the epic civil rights issue of our own day and the one right before our very eyes. As a matter of fact, many of these  same folks embrace an ideology which celebrates the death of the unborn - almost to the point of considering it a sacrament. Am I the only one that sees the irony, the rank hypocrisy?

And they don't seem to have any concern that abortions are, proportionally, much more common in the black community - many of these babies being the descendants of slaves.

Where's the outrage over these who so often and rightfully cry out over civil rights abuses? Their silence is deafening. This is but one of the many reasons it is difficult for me to take many academics seriously. They pontificate about the evils of slavery as if it still exists in America, yet ignore the wanton destruction of life that occurs on a daily basis in the very communities in which they live.  

Kay James, who I've had the pleasure of meeting, puts the issue this way:

"The right to life is the most fundamental of all civil rights. While the right to education, healthcare, housing, or employment are important, they pale in existence to the right to live, walk, and love among us. We must stop abortion to protect the right to life for preborn children.” ~ Kay James, Founder, Black Americans for Life

When will academia join the fight in defense of the very weakest among us? These people will argue ad nauseam about all the "rights" mentioned above, except one. Why? When will they embrace this civil right? 

Don't hold your breath.

Fortunately, at least on this front of the culture war, it appears their ideology is losing this issue - big time. And for that, many unborn will one day be very grateful.

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Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

To all would be posters - stay on topic. This is about abortion and the comparison to slavery. I'm not going to let you deflect and change the subject just because you know I'm right. You can try that somewhere else. All off topic comments will be rejected.

Josh said...

It's not off topic and you are obviously a hypocrite if you refuse to acknowledge that. Bottom line is that I got you on that one and rather than appear wrong, you simply refuse to post my comment. That in itself proves I won.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Josh - it most certainly is. We're talking about slavery and abortion and you wanted to deflect to an issue not mentioned in the post as a distraction. The discussion is narrow. I set the rules, it's my blog. You didn't "win" anything. I simply chose not to engage in your attempt to distract from the abortion/slavery issue. You're welcome to address the specifics in the post if you like.

The History Book Guy said...

Your right Richard, and you are not the only one who sees the hypocrisy. I hope you don't mind that I shared this in an article on my Blog. Likewise, if you ever see anything on my Blog that you would like to share go ahead.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks EJ! Did you change your blog design? Looks great!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Well, I didn't expect to have any takers on this one. I guess they're too busy still fighting the Civil War to worry about something as trivial as this. Rather instructive, isn't it?

It's much easier to tackle dead dragons than to take on live ones.