Rev. William Barber gave what The Washington Post characterized as a mic drop speech at the Democrat conclave in Philadelphia. The president of the largest NAACP conference in the south thundered from his political pulpit.
He called Jesus a “brown-skin Palestinian Jew” and invoked the Bible when it suited his message.
We need to embrace our deepest moral values…for revival at the heart of our democracy…When we love the Jewish child and the Palestinian child, the Muslim and the Christian and the Hindu and the Buddhist and those who have no faith but they love this nation, we are reviving the heart of our democracy.
North Carolina-based Barber knows his Bible, way more than fooling the biblically illiterate press requires. I listened to a few of his sermons delivered in various churches. He focused on the social gospel, and love.
Obviously, love and service are the primary callings of the Christian. On that, and doing good Barber and I agree. I honestly didn’t listen to Barber’s speech–I had the TV on but the sound down. I did remark that Barber made an imposing presence on the screen–he reminded me of one of the villains from an Avengers movie.
And Barber is a villain, make no mistake.
Now before you call me a racist, let me say that Donald Trump has his own coterie of sell-out preachers, like Jerry Fallwell, Jr. But with Trump, we have the hope that at least being surrounded by some of the more Godly men with whom he now associates (at least he did in June), maybe something will rub off and Trump will internalize the Gospel he’s most certainly heard from them.
The Democrats offer no such cover for men like Barber.
Even if you believe that today’s America embodies systemic racism and unequal opportunity for African-Americans, that’s not even a fig leaf for someone who holds himself a minister of the Gospel to back Clinton. Two speakers in Philly, Cecile Richards and Ilyse Hogue, CEO of Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America respectively, actively advocated abortion.
They didn’t use euphemisms either, they used the word “abortion.”
But as Mary Alice Carter, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s vice-president of communication, told ThinkProgress, Richards deliberately chose to include the word to chip away at the stigma associated with it.
“It’s important to have the head of Planned Parenthood say ‘abortion,’ it’s important for any woman who’s had an abortion to say ‘abortion,’ and it’s important for us to start sharing those stories and start bringing it out of the shadows and recognizing that it’s a normal experience,” she said.
Hogue even implied that “good girls get abortions.” These are both white, privileged professional (highly paid) women. They gloss over the ugly fact: Poor African-American girls get abortions and at a much higher rate than white women. More African-Americans are killed in the womb each year than have ever been murdered by police, or by gang violence.
According to an anti-police brutality organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, 313 blacks were killed by “police, security guards and vigilantes” in 2013. It isn’t even black criminals, who, as Rudy Giuliani famously pointed out on “Meet the Press,” are responsible for 93 percent of violent deaths among blacks. Sources estimate that between 6,000 and 8,000 blacks are murdered each year.
No, the greatest danger to blacks is found precisely where we ought to be safest: in our mothers’ wombs. In 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 138,539 black babies were aborted.
But Barber didn’t talk about that. He stood on the same stage as Richards and Hogue, and endorsed the abortion candidate. For that, he received his 30 pieces of silver.