Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr. calls it a "tragedy" that more than half of all African-American pregnancies end in abortion. Just as tragic, he says, is that many black pastors are fully aware of it – but as "shepherds" they are choosing to ignore it, effectively "leading their sheep to the slaughter."
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute, a disproportionate amount of abortions take the lives of African-American babies. Blacks make up 12.4 percent of the U.S. population – but account for 37 percent of the abortions.
Childress, a long-time pro-life advocate, is director of BlackGenocide.org. Still a church pastor in New Jersey, he also is dedicated to bringing to the attention of the black community the issue of how abortion is disproportionately affecting it. That fact, he says, is being ignored – especially among those who consider themselves leaders of the black community.
"It's gross negligence when it comes to any African-American group who ignores this," he said last week on American Family Radio. "Our perceived leadership [in the black community] has literally deceived the masses – the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Rainbow Coalition. They will not have this discussion. It's been censored."
For example, said Childress, the NAACP violated its own bylaws in censoring resolutions that came in from chapters in Macon, Dayton, and Cincinnati concerning the disproportionate amount of African-Americans when it comes to abortion.
"I've never seen such deception and deceiving of people that are perceived leadership," he continued, "and I say 'perceived' leadership because they can't be considered [leaders] because they are benefitting from the destruction of African-American children." (See below)
Also never discussed, he added, is the fact that those women who have aborted their unborn children suffer the physiological and psychological effects of abortion. "That's a tragedy," he lamented.
Childress shared he is often snubbed by his fellow black pastors when he presents them with the facts about the suffering of the black community in areas where abortion is heavily available – like New York City.
"Well, that's the sad thing about it," he told radio host Kevin McCullough. "It's so politicized that indeed for anyone to hear me initially [paints me] as a Republican white-ring advocate of some sort."
That happens, said Childress, without him even mentioning a political party. "I'll never forget when one [pastor] actually stood up and said, You know, we know you were sent here around election time to sew your seeds on the issue of abortion. We know you're under disguise."
And while he found that reaction "appalling," the pastor that is the mindset he typically encounters. "They don't want to look at the physiological [or] psychological data. They totally first receive it from a political perspective," he said.
The end result, Childress added, is that "when it comes to protecting the sheep, it is literally the shepherds leading the sheep to the slaughter."
"I'm talking about pastors," he clarified. "I'm talking about the Jacksons, the Sharptons, elected officials – [they're] in bed with the eugenic-minded groups such as Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry," said Childress.
The money trail
The pastor contends such "leaders" are conspiring and benefitting from groups such as Planned Parenthood, NOW, and NARAL. "Just recently the Congressional Black Caucus caucused with Planned Parenthood to make sure that the African-American community has more access to Planned Parenthood's product, which is abortion," he noted.
"... So no doubt, the money trail would find that the campaigns of these congressional leaders ... received donations from this segment, from this special-interest group .... They are profiting," he stated.
Several factors led Childress to enter the abortion fray many years ago – notably the "carnage that was being perpetrated" against the black community being targeted by Planned Parenthood; the "racist component" of Planned Parenthood and its founder, Margaret Sanger; "and knowing that since 1973 over 20 million African-American children had been killed by abortion," he added.
"We are living in a time when the most dangerous place for an African-American to be is in the womb of their African-American mother," he told McCullough. "And this is on every pastor's watch [and] on the NAACP's watch.
"But as I said: if abortion was not lucrative, it would not be legal. [These leaders] are benefitting from these dollars that come in from these groups – and it needs to be shouted from the rooftops."