51 years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing racial discrimination in public accommodations such as hotels, theaters, parks, restaurants, and other public places.
The Act guaranteed full and equal enjoyment of goods and services and public accommodations without discriminating or segregating on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin. LBJ signed the document protecting the basic civil rights of minorities, stating that, “It’s purpose is not to divide but to end divisions,” he said.
Life Dynamics‘ president Mark Crutcher points out that this nation still has a long way to go in protecting the rights of all Black people.
“What we learned in Maafa21 tells us we still have a long way top go,” Crutcher stated. Maafa21 documents how the Black community has been targeted with eugenics trough abortion and birth control since the days of slavery and the plot is still being carried out to this day.
Sadly, Life Dynamics also uncovered that Johnson was not without his flaws.
As Life Dynamics points out in the film, during the 1960’s a growing number of civil-rights activists discovered that that “family planning” was a code word for abortion and birth control and that it was being pushed by the government as way to avoid putting money into the black community.
One of those who pushed this plan was the Democrat President, who, in June of 1965, stated that every five dollars the government spent on population control was worth more than a hundred dollars invested in economic growth.
Then, at the urging of Republican Congressman, George Bush, Johnson became the first U.S. president to endorse federal funding for birth control.
In 1966, LBJ would also accept Planned Parenthood’s highest award, the Margaret Sanger Award, for his policies pushing family planning on foreign countries.
Sanger founded Planned Parenthood and in her autobiography she discussed a speech she gave at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Silver Lake New Jersey. She bragged about the fact that, afterward, she was invited by 12 other Klan chapters to speak at their events. Sanger wrote that she found the Klan to be an interesting group.
It was at about this same time that political leaders from both parties began to increase their demands that aid to the poor – whether abroad or within the United States – be tied to birth control.
In 1965, former Republican President, Dwight Eisenhower, complained that the United States was spending money to slow the population growth of responsible families while at the same time providing financial incentives for ignorant, feeble-minded and lazy people to have more babies.
He said that history would rightly condemn the United States if we didn’t link welfare to family-planning. At that time, Eisenhower was the co-chairman of a Planned Parenthood fund-raising campaign along with former Democratic President, Harry S. Truman.
And Johnson’s views were apparently shared by his Republican successor as well.
John Ehrlichman, who was an assistant to President Richard Nixon, wrote that Nixon once told him that African-Americans could not really benefit from federal programs because they are genetically inferior to whites. Later, Nixon would label birth control a national priority and sign legislation to make it available as a service of the U.S. government.
Then in March of 1972, the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future – which Nixon had created three years earlier with the help of Congressional Democrats – began calling for the nationwide legalization of abortion.
Although Johnson’s 1964 Civil Rights Act is worthy of celebration today, we should also remember that there is another civil war being waged against an entire class of people going on today, the unborn child in the womb.
Millions of babies have been murdered by abortion since the Supreme Court legalized it in all fifty states back in 1973. And tragically, today, more Blacks are killed by abortion than by all other causes of death combined.
As we celebrate this important day, Crutcher says that we should fight until the Civil Rights of all lives and all Black lives are protected, “Civil Rights matter to everyone not just to those who have escaped the womb,” he said.