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Barack Obama's missed opportunity on civil rights

By Scott Tibbs, February 2, 2011

Rick Santorum took some heat from the Left when he invoked President Obama's race in remarks over Obama's position on abortion:

The question is, and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer -- is that human life a person under the constitution?" he said. "And Barack Obama says no. Well if that human life is not a person then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say 'now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.'"

And, of course, Santorum is right.

Blacks represent 12.9 percent of the population while 30 percent of abortions are done on black women - more than double the percentage of blacks in the population. Similarly, 25 percent of abortions are done on Hispanic women, while Hispanics account for 15.8 percent of the population.

As I pointed out a year ago, the statistics in Indiana are even worse: 28.9 percent of abortions in Indiana in 2005 were performed on black women, while blacks are 9.1% of Indiana’s population.

America has a terribly wicked history on racial issues. First, we kidnapped and enslaved blacks, treating them like they are subhuman. Even after slavery was abolished, we had a century of racial discrimination and laws that made blacks into second class citizens. We love to brag that we have moved beyond race and that we have repented of our racial sins. But can we really proclaim to be a nation that treats blacks well when millions upon millions of black babies are ripped limb from limb, for profit, by America's abortion industry?

As America's first black President, Barack Obama has an opportunity to address this bloodshed and confront the depravity throughout all of American history where we set aside a group of people made in the image of God as subhuman, and treat them accordingly. Obama could have used the bully pulpit to call us to be a more compassionate and life-affirming nation. Instead, "Obama reaffirmed his support for abortion rights" and bragged that he is "committed to protecting this constitutional right" in remarks on the 38th anniversary of Roe. v. Wade.

What a terrible missed opportunity.