Last fall, I had the privilege to listen to a speech by Walter Hoye, one of the great African-American leaders of our era. His life and ministry offer some amazing parallels to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Like King, Walter Hoye of Oakland, California, is a minister who focuses on the plight of African-Americans. Last year, Hoye went to jail for his non-violent action on behalf of the smallest of humans--unborn children. He violated a "bubble zone" ordinance in an abortion facility, where he was quietly offering choices to abortion-minded women.
Hoye, the founder of the Issues for Life Foundation, is deeply concerned about what he calls "black genocide"--the horrific rates of abortion within the black community. That's why Hoye is working on what appears to be an impossible goal: passing a human life amendment in liberal California.
When Dr. King wrote his letter, From a Birmingham Jail, he addressed those who thought his civil rights activities unwise and untimely. In his speeches, Hoye also addresses those who say that his cause is worthy and just but that he should just wait. "I can't wait." Hoye says. "You see, my people are dying."
Since 1973, he notes, over 14.5 million black babies have been killed by abortion. Every, single day, 1,200 black babies are put to death in abortion facilities, making abortion the leading cause of death among African Americans! Nearly half of all black babies conceived die in abortion chambers today. Hoye says this means that a black child is safer on the streets of the worst neighborhoods in American than in his mother's womb.
Hoye notes that between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan. Today, abortion kills more black Americans in less than three days than the Klan killed in 86 years! Think of it.
American blacks make up twelve percent of the U.S. population, yet thirty-seven percent of all abortions are performed on black women. This is because eugenic-minded pro-abortion forces target American blacks by putting abortion clinics in black neighborhoods, according to Hoye.
He's also turned his rhetorical guns on America's first black president. Quoting Alveda King, niece of Dr. King, he says that "those of us who care about the civil rights of all Americans-born and unborn--oppose Obamacare because we oppose the expansion of the most racist industry in America--the abortion industry."
The high black abortion rate has ominous implications down the road. According to the 2006 U.S. Census, the black fertility rate is 1.9--well below the replacement ratelve of 2.1. "Within a few decades," Hoye warns, "African Americans may well be an endangered species." This is why he calls abortion the "Darfur of the black community."
Walter Hoye provides a worldview lesson to those who desperately need it. Liberal elites teach women to view abortion as a simple procedure that will enhance their lives. Uh, no. Hoye reveals the ugly truth: those who promote abortion in the black community are racists of the worst kind--and that each abortion of a black child is one more step towards black genocide. And this is why Hoye cannot wait for the right time to try and outlaw abortion in California. His people are dying by the millions.