In his latest video, poet and activist Shawn Welcome calls abortion the “new civil war.”
“1861, musket rifles with mini ball bullets blast across the mason-Dixon line from both sides,” Welcome’s latest poem begins.
“The American Civil War, a bloody conflict within the same nation. On the backs of Blacks was built the wealthiest…” he recites, “Slave ships were packed and hearts were hardened, never asked to be here how unfair that we’re the problem…”
Welcome describes the muted pain of the unborn, saying “Silent screams from injected saline and dreams you will never hear because little lungs were punctured before they could fully function.”
Leaving no doubt where his creative allegiances lie, Welcome shouts “Who will be a voice for the voiceless?”
“How many freight trains of injustice will roll by behind church buildings while service inside sings louder,” he asks.
Welcome goes on to describe the deep cost of the loss of life that abortion brings.
“No formal funerals, miniature caskets, only the likes of medical waste to management tell me ‘how many pounds of flesh do you pick up for profit? And when will that ‘waste’ begin to weigh down on your conscience?’”
Alluding to Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics across the country, many of them purposefully placed in minority neighborhoods, Welcome says “Killer #1 – by African-Americans is done by a wolf in sheep clothing – music soft – white coats-put-em-on, take them off…How much does it cost to ignore the exotic white tiger in the bathroom…”
Welcome concludes his performances with a warning to black Americans.
“History repeats itself: The new civil war where African-Americans are on the front line No jury. Dying for the same reasons: They’re not human – fully! Slavery wouldn’t have ended if it depended on quiet. Folks willing to take a bullet to the head and some riots. And I’m all for on-violence because words can change trends. But, worse than words from my enemies is the silence from my friends!”
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