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What Has Been Worse Than Slavery for the African American Population?

By Dr. Patrick Johnston

I was excited to see the Sunday article in my local paper The Zanesville Times Recorder on the disparity between whites and blacks in this country. The author relegated most of the problems in the African American community to be a long-term side effect of slavery.

The problem is worse than the author revealed. According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, the past three decades, blacks, while only 13% of the population, committed over 52% of the nation's homicides and were 46% of the homicide victims. About 94% of black homicide victims were killed by a black person. To put it into perspective, a Tuskegee Institute study found that between the years 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites; twice that many blacks are killed every year by blacks! Young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of our nation's largest cities. If they survive the streets of their hometowns, one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime (Bureau of Justice statistics). There are more black men in prison now than there were enslaved in 1850.

We have a crisis on our hands!

Maybe it's not about race at all. Is there any other factor that can account for these devastating forces in the African American community? As a matter of fact, there is.

Controlling for socioeconomic status and place of residence, the strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is being raised by a single parent. Children raised by a single mother commit 72% of juvenile murders, 60% of rapes, have 70% of teenaged births, commit 70% of suicides and comprise 70% of high school dropouts. A 1990 study by the Progressive Policy Institute showed that after controlling for single motherhood, the difference in black and white crime disappeared. Did you catch that? There is no difference between black and white crime rates if we take single motherhood into account.

The problem in the African American communities is moral. It's a moral problem with a moral remedy: repentance and faith in God.

Our government's remedy, however, has been to prescribe more of the poison. Our government has legalized, legitimized, and subsidized adultery and fornication, making it more profitable to be a deadbeat dad than a committed father and husband. As the stunning movie "Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America" reveals, it was Margaret Sanger's racism and fondness for eugenics that motivated her to set up government-funded Planned Parenthood birth control and abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods in this country. She considered immigrants and blacks to be "human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning... human beings who should never have been born."  Planned Parenthood got $487.4 million taxpayer dollars to kill 329,445 babies last year. About 80% of Planned Parenthoods are in minority neighborhoods.

Which brings us to the most devastating statistic in the African American community: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women account for 13% of the total U.S. female population, but undergo more than one-third of all abortions. If those black babies had been allowed to be born, the black population would be 50% larger. Abortion is the leading cause of death in the African American population.

Turns out the greatest threat to the African American community is the sin of African Americans. Even so, God - the Judge of all - is the greatest threat to the health and freedom of those who commit child-sacrifice. He will not let us get away with it.