July Fourth Violence in African American Neighborhoods: The Real Roots of “Systemic Racism”

July Fourth Violence in African American Neighborhoods: The Real Roots of “Systemic Racism”


By Kevin Burke, LSW

  • At least 32 people were killed in shootings in cities across the US during Fourth of July celebrations.
  • Shootings in New York City left nine dead and 41 injured over the weekend including a 14-year-old child left in a ‘serious condition’ after being shot in the chest in Manhattan
  • Memphis, Omaha and Cleveland also reported an alarming number of shootings.
  • In Chicago 63 people were shot, 17 of them fatally, in various bouts of gunfire.  One of the victims killed was seven-year-old Natalie Wallace. [1]

Each of these fatalities is a tragic loss of life.  But when a child is caught in the crossfire, it lifts back the veil on the random and dark nature of such violent acts. 

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms openly grieved as she pleaded with her citizens to end the violence after an eight year old girl was shot and killed on July 4th

The murder took place by the Wendy’s restaurant that became a focal point of protest after Rayshard Brooks was killed by an Atlanta police officer on June 12.   The suspects were part of an armed group of protestors placing unauthorized barricades around the Wendy’s protest site.  They shot the mother and child for trying to pass through the area on route to visit family.

Williamson: “They killed my baby because she crossed a barrier and made a U-turn? You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody. Black Lives Matter? You killing your own. You killed an eight-year-old child…She just wanted to get home to see her cousin. That’s all she wanted to do.”

Intergenerational Trauma

David Williams is an African American evangelistic speaker to youth, young adults and men.  David shares in Tears of the Fisherman the deadly synergy of intergenerational trauma and the targeting of minority communities with abortion services:

The institutionalized abuse of slavery had a profound impact on the family structure of the African American community that I believe makes it more susceptible to abortion.  Families were systematically and cruelly dismantled for generations according to the business needs of the slavers.

Men would be torn from their wives and children. They were bred like animals to create the optimal labor value for the slave businesses. Women were routinely sexually abused, raped and separated from their children. Many mothers would abort their unborn children rather than have them born into slavery.

African Americans were not seen as persons created in the image of God but something less than fully human. Because of this they were treated as nothing more than property to be done with however their ‘masters’ saw fit.

…Now babies in the womb, who are created in the image of God, are viewed by our nation as less than human. They are seen as nothing more than the property of the woman, who happens to be a mother, to be kept or discarded according to her choice. This is very similar to the way that African Americans were viewed during slavery…

Those that have a previous history of trauma are more likely to experience more serious post abortion reactions, such as debilitating anxiety/depression, substance abuse and to act out their grief and pain in dysfunctional relationships.  Obviously this feeds the very problems the pro-abortion forces say they are rescuing us from.

 But the truth is, we are being exploited and targeted in a very direct way by the abortion industry.”

Systemic Racism

Planned Parenthood is the tax payer supported darling of white liberals and corporate donors.  This organization targets minority neighborhoods with their deadly services.   Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America – 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. [2]

Black Lives Matters is radically pro-abortion.

In Mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Chuck Schumer’s New York City, more black children die in the womb, than are born; six out of every 10 African American pregnancies end in abortion. [3]

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr Martin Luther King and Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, shares how the Shockwaves of Abortion are devastating the African American Community:

“A majority of abortion businesses are in areas with high minority populations…  You don’t serve the poor by taking their money to terminate their children. Abortion is accomplishing the goals of which racism only dreamed.”

Healing a Divided Nation

Radical Marxist ideologues, virtue signaling corporations, and liberal politicians will not bring peace, prosperity, and real change to minority communities by promoting abortion. 

This coming election season may be the most important in the history of our imperfect, but great Republic. 

Make sure that you, your friends, family, workmates and fellow church members are registered to vote

Volunteer to help elect prolife candidates. 

[Picture courtesy of: K. Kliche from Pixabay]

[1] Daily Mail:  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8491507/Independence-Day-chaos-two-children-shot-dead-Chicago.html

[2] https://www.civilrightsfortheunborn.org/

[3] “…In 2013 black women accounted for 29,007 terminated pregnancies, representing almost 42 percent of all abortions in the city…With abortions surpassing live births by nearly 5,000, African American women in the city clearly terminated pregnancies more often than they carried babies to term.” (According to a report by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Vital Statistics – Politifact)


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