The progressive left has long claimed to be the group who truly cares about historically disaffected groups of Americans. They have successfully positioned themselves as the side looking out for the racial, sexual, and religious minorities in the United States, while painting anyone who disagrees with them as bigots.
They’ve convinced many by using this tactic. However, it is not difficult to see that leftists are victimizing the very people they claim to represent.
No group in the U.S. has been conned by the Democrats more than black Americans. Indeed, they have not only worked to keep blacks in poverty and crime, but they have also done something more egregious: They have promoted a spirit of fear among blacks in America. By using fear, they are manipulating blacks and other minorities into embracing progressive policies that facilitate the destruction of their communities.
The black community has historically opposed abortion on a moral and religious level despite the fact that a large percentage of women who obtain abortions are black. Unfortunately, the progressive left has continued to convince many to believe that abortion is a positive undertaking. Indeed, in some ways, they have made younger blacks and Americans of other races believe that they should fear pro-life arguments.
Progressives Target Black Pro-Life Activist
Ryan Bomberger, a black pro-life activist, recently gave a presentation at Wheaton College in which he spoke out against the “black genocide” of abortion. In his speech, he discussed the negative impact of abortion and criticized Black Lives Matter for partnering with Planned Parenthood.
About a week after the presentation, student leaders emailed the entire student body, excoriating Bomberger for sharing his views.
“The speaker of this event, Ryan Bomberger, made several comments at the event that deeply troubled members of our community,” they wrote. “His comments, surrounding the topic of race, made many students, staff, and faculty of color feel unheard, underrepresented, and unsafe on our campus.”
Of course, the email did not mention the fact that Bomberger is also a “person of color” who just happened to disagree with the left’s views on abortion. After they sent their condemnation, Bomberger issued a scathing retort, arguing that their email was slanderous and that he was considering taking legal action against the group. “I am a person of color, a clarifying fact which you conveniently left out of your letter of denouncement,” he said. “I was primarily presenting a perspective of those who are never heard, always underrepresented, and are actually unsafe — the unborn.”
Bomberger also pointed out that he gave 25 minutes of Q&A after his presentation in which he answered “thoughtful questions as well as some baseless (and even hostile) accusations.” He also argued that anyone claiming that they felt “unsafe” was engaging in “simply hyperbole.”
He then asked an important question:
“Are students at Wheaton taught to fear or taught to think?”
His query is apt, given how the left approaches black Americans, both young and old.
The Left Wants Blacks Afraid
It is not known whether or not anyone genuinely felt “unsafe” when they heard Bomberger’s pro-life arguments. As we all know, false outrage has become a rather annoying aspect of American society. But the student leadership’s contention that people of color were somehow fearful of being exposed to opposing views is indicative of how they see blacks and other American minorities. Put simply, these “leaders” appear to believe that the psyche of these minority students was too fragile to handle being exposed to different ideas. Let’s just say that this tendency to infantilize blacks and minorities reveals a certain type of bigotry they might not be aware of.
The truth is that many black Americans carry a moral opposition to abortion. This isn’t surprising given the fact that 35% of babies that are aborted are black. Clearly, this is a problem that the black community takes seriously — regardless of their stance on abortion.
But the response of the student leadership demonstrates how the progressive left seeks to lower our expectations of blacks and other minorities in the United States. These individuals are not white, therefore they are not capable of handling disagreements. Many progressives see minorities as intellectual and emotional weaklings who must be shielded from opinions that contradict progressive ideology. Even worse, they have achieved a measure of success in this endeavor; many younger blacks end up believing that America is a racist nation that is intent on keeping them down.
Progressives Manipulate With Fear
It would be a mistake to believe that progressive leaders have a genuine concern for the well-being of black Americans. They are not selling fear as a means to improve the lives of minorities; they are using it to manipulate people into supporting their agenda. It is nothing more than a smokescreen designed to conceal their schemes.
Progressives have co-opted groups like Black Lives Matter — whose primary objective is to demonize the majority of police officers for the actions of a few bad actors. Meanwhile, they ignore the fact that over half of homicide victims in the U.S. are blacks who are killed by other blacks. Leftists rarely discuss the poverty and destitution that leads to high crime rates in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, and Philadelphia because it is Democratic policies that cause these catastrophes. By convincing blacks to fear racist cops, they successfully distract from the failure of Democratic leaders, who publicly claim to care about minorities.
This is only one example of the left’s efforts to con minorities into supporting them. The far left is attempting to condition certain groups of people to rely more on emotion than critical thinking because it makes these individuals more susceptible to being deceived. It is another way they are trying to teach people what to think rather than how to think. If progressives are allowed to succeed, it is unlikely that these minority groups will ever move forward. Remember, if the Democrats want to be the party of the disaffected, they must keep people disaffected.
This article was originally posted on Liberty Nation.