They were viewed as “non-persons,” property, more or less. They “belonged” to someone. They had no voice, no vote, no rights, no way to escape. Freedoms came only as their masters permitted. Dehumanized, despised, and viewed as subhuman they merely existed. This was a prevalent view of black slaves and blacks in general before and even long after the Civil War.
In 1857 Dred Scott, a black slave, filed a lawsuit challenging his, and his family’s, slave-hood because he had lived in two “free states” for several years. “The United States Supreme Court decided 7–2 against Scott, finding that neither he nor any other person of African ancestry could claim citizenship in the United States, and therefore Scott could not bring suit in federal court under diversity of citizenship rules. Moreover, Scott’s temporary residence outside Missouri did not bring about his emancipation under the Missouri Compromise, which the court ruled unconstitutional as it would “improperly deprive Scott’s owner of his legal property”.
It was the law of the land. Dred Scott was a non-citizen. He had no rights. He and his family remained slaves and he died one year later as one.
Any person possessing the tiniest sliver of human decency, humanity, compassion and Christian morality, will view all of that in abject horror. How anyone would consciously treat another human being in such a vile, cruel, cold and ruthless way is truly astounding. How people could be so blind, so unyielding, so subjective and committed to inhumanity and brutality is mind-boggling. Yet that was how it was… and that is just how it is today in another vein.
Every minute at least two unborn children die by abortion. According to the Right to Life of Holland Area, there are 2,900 abortions in the U. S. A. every day; 137 per hour; 2.3 per minute. There have been nearly 57 million abortions since Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in America in 1973. So even as I write this, and as you read it, babies are being murdered in the womb somewhere in this nation.
It is considered lawful for the very same reason Dred Scott was forced to remain a slave – the Supreme Court says so. As he was, so are they portrayed: dehumanized and subhuman (“fetus” “blob of tissue” et al), property (“It’s MY body!”), without voice nor vote and no way to escape their fate. I submit again that abortion is the slavery issue of our day for anyone who can see past their prejudices to the comparative truth in it.
And its supporters are defending it in the same way the defenders of slavery did and for the very same reasons. There is a video showing someone punching a Pro-Life fifteen-year-old in the face standing outside a Planned Parenthood. The way of violence has always been the resort of the righteously anemic whose motto is “Might makes right.” The South went to war not merely for States’ Rights, but to ensure that it might continue treating blacks as slaves so their economy might continue to prosper. Those who abort babies or support it will fight to the bitter end and with all the tactics their misguided and evil hearts can devise, to protect their “economies” as well. Whether it be to enhance individuals’ creature comforts, or the profit derived from selling fetal tissue as ingredients in skin conditioners , body parts, and stem cell research by companies, there is personal aggrandizement to be gained from it – the utter vileness of it notwithstanding.
We can be thankful the Supreme Court reversed itself, finally. Although in the minds of many (and most wrongfully so) blacks remained second class citizens for many long decades, the law finally declared their full citizenship and, more importantly, personhood.
Will it ever be so with abortion?
If the earth protested Cain’s spilling of his brother’s innocent blood, then its cry must now thunder in God’s ears at the wholesale slaughter we are seeing today.
I am no prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I do have Scripture. It tells me if this does not stop, there will be a reckoning:
“These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart the devises wickedness, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:17).
“Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom a desolate wilderness, because of violence against the people of Judah, for they have shed innocent blood in their land” (Joel 3:19).
If you view this new version of slavery as abhorrent and you wish to try to forestall disaster, get involved. Stop voting for politicians who support Planned Parenthood’s abortionist policies and repent if you have. It is likely we may never be able to go back to pre-1973 days but we should not be funding abortion mills and consorting with politicians who promote this despicable evil. Speak out and do not be silenced. If you are currently pro-abortion and irreligious, I suggest you hear what Ben Shapiro has to say on the subject. From a purely secular viewpoint his oppositional reasoning is compelling and forceful.
When babies in the womb stop having red blood like our own, and stop bleeding like we do when cut, I will stand down. Not until. Neither should you – not unless you are pro-slavery like some of our more deluded forbears.