Black Pro-Life Leader Takes on Black Lives Matter: It’s a Movement ‘Based on a Lie’
In only 15 seconds, this video cuts through decades of falsehood with one powerful truth: “In one single day Planned Parenthood kills more unarmed black lives than police kill in one year. Free yourself from #BlackLivesMatter racial propaganda.”
That’s how I discovered pro-life leader Ryan Bomberger, author of the book Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong and cofounder — with his wife Bethany — of The Radiance Foundation. The foundation addresses a wide range of subjects, including adoption awareness (a personal issue for him) and post-abortion outreach, as well as abortion’s impact on the black community.
The interview was conducted by email on Friday, August 5.
Stephen Herreid: How did you become a pro-life civil rights activist and speaker?
Ryan Bomberger: I’m alive. That, in itself, is no small miracle. I was conceived in rape. I’m the one percent that is used to justify 100% of abortions. My birth mom was courageous enough to endure pregnancy despite the horror of being raped. She chose life and gave me the gift of adoption.
I grew up in a multi-racial family of 15 with 10 adopted siblings — some with various physical and learning disabilities. My parents loved us unconditionally. Their heart for the broken truly reflected Christ to each of us and many in our community. My life in the Bomberger household taught me that the lives so many write off as “weaker” or “less than perfect” are the ones who make us better human beings.
“The #BlackLivesMatter movement is political propaganda, rooted in racism, Marxism and regurgitated black nationalism.” Ryan Bomberger
My first prolife speech was in 8th grade in a public school. I had just learned how I was conceived, something revealed in an emotional conversation with my mom. That kind of news, at the age of 13, could devastate someone. But I used that anger and confusion towards crafting words that could positively transform my classmates.
My wife and I actually met in the course of planning and participating in a benefit concert for a local pregnancy care center. We started The Radiance Foundation in 2009 to illuminate, educate and motivate the public to embrace and believe that every human life has purpose.
Herreid: As a pro-lifer, what do you have to say about the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Is there potential for collaboration, or are they just another pro-choice enemy to fight?
Bomberger: Brokenness has a way of spreading in a void. #BlackLivesMatter has risen to prominence because the Church has fallen in influence. It’s emerged as a political force because too many are spineless when it comes to honest discourse about race.
The movement is based on a lie (the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” narrative of Ferguson’s Michael Brown). I’ve written about this numerous times and include it in my book, Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is political propaganda, rooted in racism, Marxism and regurgitated black nationalism. I’ve exposed their false stats and destructive narrative that, somehow, America is more racist today than during the Civil Rights Era.
Whites are killed by cops, according to a database created by the Washington Post, twice as much as blacks. Out of a total of 990 killed, 494 (or 49.9%) were white and 258 (or 26%) were black. 782 of those killed, or 79%, were armed with a deadly weapon. But hey, let’s only report when unarmed black individuals are victims of police brutality. This is a deliberate and despicable attempt by mainstream media to color the issue.
This is just part of my opposition to a mainstream media-enabled fundamentally dishonest movement. Just this week, over 50 #BlackLivesMatter organizations unveiled their “Policy Platform.” For evangelicals who’ve capitulated and encouraged an embrace of this incredibly divisive and violent effort, I’d love to hear the theological justifications to support their demands. If you want to see a movement that has no desire for racial reconciliation, look no further than #BlackLivesMatter. If you want a movement devoid of Biblical principles, this far-left repackaged form of racial Marxism is it.
It’s why I work to expose who they are, highlight their sheer hypocrisy (for example, supporting the form of violence that kills more unarmed black lives than all other causes of death combined — abortion), and encourage other means to tackle the actual cases of injustice (racial or otherwise). Christians, above all others, should be passionate about pursuing the truth. And that doesn’t end with spiritual truth. We exist in this temporal space and time and are charged, in Ephesians 5:11, with having “nothing to do with the wicked deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
Herreid: Many people wouldn’t expect a black civil rights activist to be anti-abortion. Why is that? Are there stereotypes at play?
Bomberger: Everyone should be for civil rights. It shouldn’t be any stretch that someone with brown pigmentation would advocate for the most victimized group of humans on earth.
Many black civil rights leaders traded principle for political power. Jesse Jackson is a prime example. He was passionately prolife … until he ran for president on the Democrat ticket in 1984. He called abortion “genocide” in a 1973 Jet magazine article. He worked with the late Ruth Graham to try to pass an amendment to ban abortion. He helped establish what is now one of the largest networks of pregnancy care centers: CareNet.
Today’s liberal black leaders are beholden to a dangerously destructive hypocrisy. They claim to champion civil rights but deny the most fundamental civil right, upon which all other rights exist: Life. More black babies are aborted than born alive in the home of Planned Parenthood, yet so-called “civil rights leaders,” including the NAACP, call this deliberate destruction “reproductive justice.” For every 1,000 black babies born alive, there are 1,100 aborted each year in NYC. The black community is the only community where there are more induced deaths than births.
The predominant stereotype that exists for those of my color who are involved in political efforts is that we are serving the liberal plantation. I don’t subscribe to the liberal mindset. There are just too many things that are antithetical to a Biblical worldview. You know when you hear a black preacher say “Planned Parenthood makes me a better pastor” there’s something horrifically wrong with today’s civil rights movement.
I’ve been officially denounced by the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, black liberal politicians, and even sued by the NAACP. It’s not surprising that a once great civil rights group would sue me for exercising one my most basic civil rights — free speech. They lost in federal court. But sadly, the American public (white, black and every hue in between) loses daily when these racial propagandists cry racism exists in every other facet of American life except in the one industry that kills for a living.
Herreid: With the presidential election coming up, one is reminded of the fact that racial minorities in the U.S. tend overwhelmingly to support the Democratic Party. Yet those same minorities are overwhelmingly more likely to be victims of abortion. What are your thoughts on this status quo?
Bomberger: Apparently, black lives matter only some of the time. Abortion is the number one killer in the black community, outnumbering all other causes of death combined. Abortion killed 317,547 unarmed black lives in one year while all other causes of death amounted to 286,797. But no one in the Democratic Party is rioting in the streets. No one is holding a sit-in over the senseless violence that has taken millions of lives. Abortion rates are five times higher among blacks than whites, and double the rate of Hispanics.
The Radiance Foundation joined in an amicus brief for Texas’ HB2 [a state law requiring health standards for abortion facilities], Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. We provided substantial research into the Left’s lie about “lack of access” to abortion among minorities. There is a lack of access — to the truth. I created this factsheet to dispel the myths that poverty and lack of insurance explained higher abortion rates in the black community. Hispanics in Texas, despite having similar poverty rates as blacks (25% and 23% respectively) and uninsured rates far higher (27% and 15% respectively), have half the abortion rate of African-Americans.
The black community, since slavery, has been targeted by those who still believe to this day that some humans aren’t equal. Yet the devotion to the Party of Slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow (‘Separate but Equal’) social policies, and generational welfare dependency boggles the mind.
Truth, in the temporal and the eternal sets us free. It’s why Frederick Douglass started his own newspaper. Mainstream media refused to tell the truth about slavery. I do the same today, through Radiance Foundation and efforts like our Be A Factivist video series. Our devotedly liberal mainstream media, public education, university system, Hollywood, some churches and political party leadership won’t tell the truth.
It’s not that hard to discover the facts. It frustrates me no end that the Democratic Party pretends to be the party of Lincoln while GOP leadership forgets that it is. Democrats pretend that black lives matter while the GOP pretends that black votes don’t matter. Which is worse?
Herreid: In 2007, Stream columnist Jason Scott Jones worked with pro-life leaders to develop the Whole Life Ethic, which acknowledges that some issues that seem separate from abortion — such as human trafficking and political violence — are actually related threats to human dignity. Are you “whole life” in this sense?
Bomberger: Jason Scott Jones is a friend and an amazingly passionate advocate for Life. I believe, too, that there are issues that are inextricably tied to abortion that are unavoidable in the fight for human dignity. It’s why The Radiance Foundation addresses issues of poverty, fatherlessness and politically induced family deterioration.
But like Jason Scott Jones, I want to be careful not to dilute what it means to be pro-life. Words have meaning, and we see the effort on the left to co-opt the word/definition to apply to supporting EPA mercury guidelines, for instance.
As I wrote in one of my recent articles:
One cannot possibly be pro-life unless one solves all of the world’s other issues first, right? It’s an assertion about as ridiculous as insisting that Charity Water, a pro-safe-drinking-water organization, also tackle government corruption, racial inequality, access to healthcare, and every other ill that exists. Sorry, people. You can’t get a well in your village until we take care of these real injustices!
Imagine if slavery abolitionists demanded healthcare, housing or job security as prerequisites to addressing the injustice of slavery. The evil institution would never have been abolished. I would be on an auction block somewhere in a town near you.
Herreid: If there is one piece of advice that you would have pro-life people live by as they fight to end abortion, what would that be?
Bomberger: Being pro-life is rooted in Love. It’s rooted in self-sacrifice. There’s no fame or glory or riches in this fight for human dignity. There’s justice. And the King loves justice. No human being should ever be the arbiter of human value. We can look throughout history and see how that arrogance has caused massive amounts of discrimination and death. Our value — not based upon planned or unplanned, abled or disabled, wanted or “unwanted” — was determined when He fearfully and wonderfully made our innermost being … even someone like me who was conceived in rape yet adopted in love.