The ongoing epic saga of the battle for Civil Rights has gained a boost from African-American activist and poet Shawn Welcome. He has posted a video on YouTube of his work, “The New Civil War: Abortion!”
Welcome states, “Slave ships were packed and hearts were hardened, never asked to be here how unfair that we’re the problem,” then, cradling his hands in front of his stomach, he says, “Never asked to be here, how unfair that they’re the problem.”
“Bayonets in my neighbors’ neck if they’re close enough, gun smoke and tensions in the air, this won’t end for another four years. The American Civil War, a bloody conflict within the same nation. On the backs of blacks was built the wealthiest,” he laments. “Slave ships were packed and hearts were hardened, never asked to be here how unfair that we’re the problem."
Welcome continues: “Never asked to be here, how unfair that they’re the problem,” he says as he moves his hand in cradle formation near his stomach alluding to the unborn babies in America.
“All in the name of freedom. Party like a rock-star while little ones are dying. Silent screams from injected saline and dreams you will never hear because little lungs were punctured before they could fully function. Who will be a voice for the voiceless?” he cries out. “How many freight trains of injustice will roll by behind church buildings while service inside sings louder? Hands in the air, pump up the volume . . . drowning out the rumblings of oppression.
"No formal funerals, miniature caskets, only the likes of medical waste to manage. tell me, How many pounds of flesh do you pick up for profit?"
He concludes with an eerie and compelling question, "And when will that 'waste' begin to weigh down on your conscience?”
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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