In réponse to the #BlackLivesMatter discussion, many conservatives attempt to raise the issue of abortion as a way of deflecting the discussion in seems. Instead of engaging the issue, these conservatives attempt to deflect it and raise a separate issue. Abortion rates are a problem and they need to be addressed but the #blacklivesmatter discussion is a larger discussion about human dignity.

What conservatives don't realize is that they will be interpreted as not caring about the issues in Ferguson, MO and New York City but "pivoting" the issue to talk about abortion. It will come across as resistance and unwillingness to treat #BlackLivesMatter, as it relates to law enforcement, as an issue worth discussing. Pivoting will be interpreted as dismissing the issue at hand. Conservatives do things like this (to rally their base) but then wonder why minorities do not trust them.


Therefore, if you come across the abortion deflection please tell them this: if you care so much about abortion rate in the black community then act like a Christian and open up your home and let single, pregnant black women live in your home for free (with their other kids if they have any) for as long as it is needed in order for her to get back on her feet--otherwise feel free to be quiet with the deflection attempt. It's not working.

Pope Benedict explains in Deus Caritas Est what that model looked like for the early church. If you're more interested in highlighting the black abortion rate in response to the #BlackLivesMatter discussion than helping black women yourself, I'll just say this, "faith without works is dead." You may just be a clanging cymbal. Some would say, "put up or shut up."

As the years went by and the Church spread further afield, the exercise of charity became established as one of her essential activities, along with the administration of the sacraments and the proclamation of the word: love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential to her as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel.
The Church cannot neglect the service of charity any more than she can neglect the Sacraments and the Word. A few references will suffice to demonstrate this. Justin Martyr († c. 155) in speaking of the Christians' celebration of Sunday, also mentions their charitable activity, linked with the Eucharist as such. Those who are able make offerings in accordance with their means, each as he or she wishes; the Bishop in turn makes use of these to support orphans, widows, the sick and those who for other reasons find themselves in need, such as prisoners and foreigners.[12] 
The great Christian writer Tertullian († after 220) relates how the pagans were struck by the Christians' concern for the needy of every sort.[13] And when Ignatius of Antioch († c. 117) described the Church of Rome as “presiding in charity (agape)”,[14] we may assume that with this definition he also intended in some sense to express her concrete charitable activity.

So, if you really care about black women and abortion rates, you won't protest abortion clinics, you'd be more interested in finding homes for these women and take them in yourself if necessary. And, you also won't use abortion to deflect the discussion about why black lives matter. 

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AuthorAnthony Bradley