The Black Lives Matter Movement has garnered headlines to call attention to America’s racism, but now several current and former NFL Players are bringing a new perspective on the call for lives that matter. Following on the heels of Ray Lewis’ insistence that the group re-name itself “lives matter,” and Richard Sherman’s reminder that if Black Lives Matter they should matter “all the time,” now Detroit Lions safety Don Carey has joined the chorus by defending those black lives yet unborn, in his interview with the Detroit Free Press.
Writing in the Detroit Free Press, Carey said:
“I personally have some concerns in regard to the Black Lives Matter movement. I remember when this movement burst onto the scene several years ago. I was both enamored and repelled by its message. Enamored, because as an African-American man, I have experienced and seen injustices committed against my people, sometimes due to no fault of their own. For the first time that I can remember, it seemed someone was standing up for them on a national level. However, I was quickly turned off by this movement due to the narrow mind-set and irony that exists at its roots. Let me explain my meaning.
According to a study by the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, more African-American babies were aborted (31,328) in New York than were born (24,758) there in 2012. Needless to say, this number is severely repulsive. Yet, we’ve heard nothing from those within the camp of Black Lives Matter on the subject. It seems that we have Matthew 7 dilemma. That is, we are so focused on the speck in eyes of others that we are ignoring the plank within our own. We are so focused on the injustices done by a few wayward police officers that we ignore the blatant disregard for life within our own culture.
I truly want this movement to flourish. I can easily see the Black Lives Matter movement being the catalyst behind moral and cultural change within the African-American community. However, I fear this will never happen unless those within this movement begin to embrace the totality of its name. Yes “black” lives matter. This also includes those still within the womb. Those who seek change must first be proponents of that change or else those on the outside looking in will ultimately view them as hypocrites.”
Maybe a key to protecting black unborn lives is to restore the jurisprudence of justice to the life debate. Promoting family restoration means all lives, born and unborn, black and white, really do matter.