"I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days."
— Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was a humanitarian who gave his life to ending apartheid in South Africa and racism on this planet.
His efforts to do so included horrendous acts of violence. He and his wife were “vigilantes for freedom.”Their methods of warfare were designed to match and overpower the inhumane tactics of their oppressors. President Mandela was jailed for many years for his “war crimes.”
Young Nelson and Winnie Mandela were radical rebels and followed very much in the same vein of philosophy as Malcolm X, who said we must obtain freedom “by any means necessary.”
When I was a young civil rights freedom fighter, we had to deal with Alabama Gov. George Wallace. He was a virulent monster of a man who approved the lynching, burning, and bombing of African-Americans during those days.
I lived in “Bombingham” where our family home was bombed by hateful people who didn’t want black people to be free. However, George Wallace was particularly hateful — there are pictures of historical accounts of him standing right there, saying that he hated people if they had black skin or brown skin. And he was determined to keep us out. He called us ugly, brutal names. But Jesus Christ came into his life and he repented, and he said that he was wrong.
There was another man, Bull Conner, who reminds me of the same hateful spirit that was driving Adolf Hitler. He lived as a terror and he is remembered as a terror today.
On the one hand, Wallace recanted. On other hand, Adolph Hitler was never jailed for killing millions of Jews, and his horrible eugenics and genocidal practices are alive today.
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood considered him to be her muse.
Unsuspecting people have embraced abortion and killing contraceptives because the slick marketing campaigns of Hitler and Sanger are still alive today. I was once a victim of Planned Parenthood, and was once pro-choice. I didn’t sanction the killing of millions of babies, but I did have two secret abortions.
I later repented and now am a voice for the lives of babies and their mothers, the sick, and the elderly.
There was another man, John Newton, who was a former slave trafficker and mentor to Wilbur Wilberforce. Newton wrote the song "Amazing Grace." Then there's Apostle Paul who killed Christians until he had a change of heart and transformation of mind.
President Mandela sanctioned abortion during his presidency; perhaps he was like me and millions of others who were once deceived into believing that abortion and harmful contraceptives would help our people.
Now in the battle to end human injustice is occurring on a divided battleground. If only we can come to see that we are battling a three headed hydra monster; racism, reproductive genocide, and sexual perversion and get to the heart of those matters and fight them all together with the understanding that we can overcome evil with good.
Then, when someone like a Nelson Mandela dies, some of us won't think he should just be cast out of history.
When I met President Mandela in 1970 I was pro-choice and post-abortion. But over the years I became became repentantly pro-life.
I wish now that I had reached out to Mandela. I wish that in the 1990s when he was signing legislation that was going to cause millions or at least hundreds of thousands of babies to be aborted, I wish I had gotten "Maafa 21"and "Blood Money" into his hands. Of course, these films had not been produced at that time but a little later they and many other great truth and life revealing films have been released.
I feel that I failed him by not reaching out to him and trying to get with him and sit down and have a talk about my transformation.
How I came from thinking that it was OK to abort a child to knowing that it was wrong because it that’s a sacred human life. I failed but I pray that I don’t fail millions of others and I pray that that message will continue to resonate across the globe.
So I thank God for Jesus, for redemption, for an opportunity to acknowledge the good deeds of people and to pray and repent for not giving them information that I had that could transform their thinking, prick their hearts, and cause them to include the unborn in their battles.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
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