racism


Peace & Life Referendums

by Rachel MacNair A reminder: The Consistent Life Network doesn’t necessarily endorse everything said in its blog, since we encourage individual writers to express a variety of views. This is especially so when analyzing elections. Because potential referendums get added and subtracted, this post will be updated now and then. The original post is September…


Oppressors of Women Scapegoat Fetuses to Preserve Patriarchy

by Richard Stith [Originally published in The New Human (Vol. VI, No. 5, June 1977), newsletter of the National Youth Pro-Life Coalition,, under the title “Abortion Proponents Are Often Exploiters of Women.” Lightly edited.] We’re all familiar with the argument that racism is fomented by those who exploit poor whites, in order to generate a…


Misogyny vs. Patriarchy

by Rachel MacNair Before I get into why I think it’s important to understand the difference between misogyny and patriarchy, I want to explain how they fit into the Consistent Life Network’s set of issues. We identified six issues of violence involving socially-tolerated killing of human beings, as listed on this banner: Each of the…


Brown v. Board of Education and Me

by Bill Samuel The Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, against racial segregation in public schools, will reach its 65th anniversary on May 17. Consistent Life Network Board member and former President Bill Samuel marks the anniversary with this personal reminiscence. I was born in 1947 in northern New Jersey, the youngest of…


Recognizing Humanity: Orwell and the Consistent Life Ethic

by John Whitehead We’re 70 years from the publication of one of the 20th century’s most influential books: 1984. George Orwell’s 1949 novel about future life under an extremely repressive regime has shaped political debate and popular culture for decades. The novel’s anniversary will doubtless prompt further reflections. I reflect on Orwell’s concern for defending…


Nuclear Disarmament as a Social Justice Issue

by John Whitehead Activists seeking to end or radically reduce nuclear weapons’ threat may find it difficult to get public attention. Despite the high stakes involved—the lives of millions and even humanity’s survival—the nuclear threat frequently seems distant and abstract. The danger is future and hypothetical, in contrast to current, actual situations of people dying…


Movies with Racism Themes: “Gosnell” and “The Hate U Give”

by Rachel MacNair A note at the beginning of the movie Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer lets us know it’s based entirely on court transcripts and eyewitness accounts, being as true to events as a movie can attempt. The Hate U Give, on the other hand, is fiction. Yet it’s clearly based…


Post-World War II Eugenics

by John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe Editor’s note: this is an excerpt from the book The Roots of Racism and Abortion: An Exploration of Eugenics, pp. 114-116. The dominant figure in American eugenics after World War II was a complex individual, Frederick Osborn (1889-1981). He is credited with reforming eugenics, removing the taint of racism and putting the…


Valentine Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

by Carol Crossed These were remarks delivered by Carol Crossed at a February 18, 2018 event at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, a CLN member group.   This week is not only the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, but also the 200th birthday of her good friend Frederick Douglass. Because of illiteracy, the birth…


“Is It Too Late?” 1971 Speech of Fannie Lou Hamer

In honor of Black History Month, we offer a speech by civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977).     Fannie Lou Hamer was a leading civil rights activist in the 1960s and 1970s. Among her many accomplishments was co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which challenged the right of the all-white segregationist Democratic Party…