racism


Planned Parenthood Staff Revolt

by Rachel MacNair   The Uprising Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is one of the regional affiliates of Planned Parenthood, covering New York City and the nearby area, administering several PP centers. A June 18 Open Letter, signed by over 300 people, was published which started: The CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater…


Justice Littered with Injustice: Viewing Just Mercy in a Charged Moment

Editor’s note: to see this movie free in the month of June, 2020, go to  Just Mercy – Watch for Free by Julia Smucker The film Just Mercy (Warner Brothers, 2019) follows attorney Bryan Stevenson’s early career as founding director of the Equal Justice Initiative, providing legal counsel to inmates on Alabama’s death row. In…


Voices on Police Brutality in the Aftermath of the Murder of George Floyd

compiled by Rachel MacNair See the Consistent Life Network’s official statement. See tweet and comments here. +        +       + U.S. police have attacked journalists more than 110 times since May 28 by Laura Hazard Owen, June 1, 2020. As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country one week after…


“Remember Pearl Harbor—Keep ‘Em Dying”: War and Racism in the Pacific

by John Whitehead American planes dropped firebombs on Tokyo 75 years ago, on the night of March 9-10, 1945, killing an estimated 80,000-100,000 people. The firebombing began a six-month-long American bombing campaign against 66 Japanese cities that culminated in the two atomic bombings and killed roughly 400,000 people in total. This killing campaign was the…


Racism and the Death Penalty

by David Cruz-Uribe, OFS The death penalty, the state-sanctioned killing of criminals, continues to be a part of the American justice system. While 140 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, including every other industrialized democracy (except Japan and Taiwan), executions are still regularly carried out in the United States. Its…


Peace & Life Referendums

by Rachel MacNair For updated information starting January 6, 2020, see this constantly-updated website: Peace and Life Referendums The original post was published September 3, 2019, and revisions were added until January 6, when the website took over the function   A reminder: The Consistent Life Network doesn’t necessarily endorse everything said in its blog,…


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…