Detroit Ministers Outraged by Political Ad Calling Abortion ‘Black Genocide’

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(Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press) Ministers in Detroit are criticizing a radio ad running in the city that supports John James’s U.S. Senate campaign and attempts to link U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s support of abortion rights with what the ad calls “black genocide,” the Michigan publication Bridge Magazine reported Monday.

Stars and Stripes Forever PAC, which is based in northern Virginia and is sponsoring the radio ad, did not immediately return an email to the Free Press for comment.

Meanwhile, James, a Republican businessman and abortion rights opponent whom the ad touts as the better candidate, said through his campaign that he did not consent to or approve of the ad and suggested campaign laws should be reformed to stop such ads.

Stabenow’s campaign said she had no comment.


The political action committee — which has been linked to conservative John Philip Sousa IV and ran ads in black-majority markets in 2016 and pushed Ben Carson’s presidential campaign that year — claims in the spot that “61 percent of black deaths are caused by abortion” and that “African-American pastors said it’s black genocide.”

It also claims “more than 1,800 black babies are aborted each day.”

Earlier this year the Rev. Clenard Childress Jr., a minister in Montclair, N.J. who runs a website called, published an opinion piece on In the piece, he wrote that some 1,786 abortions are performed on black African-Americans each day and that “52 percent of all African-American pregnancies end in abortion.”

Bridge Magazine — which is published by the nonpartisan Center for Michigan in Ann Arbor — said the ad has aired occasionally over the last month on 92.3 FM WMXD, a Detroit-area R&B radio station, and that it has one of the narrators asking, “How can Debbie Stabenow ask for our votes when she doesn’t even want our babies?”

Last week, some black ministers and other faith leaders in Detroit called the ad “disgusting” and “disingenuous” and asked James — who is African-American — to denounce it, Bridge reported.

“I am very surprised candidate John James would allow himself to be tagged with this kind of deceitful, disrespectful and disingenuous, absurd notion,” said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, pastor of Fellowship Chapel in Detroit and president of the Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “If this is what they’re bringing to get black people to support them, shame on them and see you at the polls.”

Bishop Edgar Vann, pastor of Second Ebenezer Church, told Bridge the ad was “incendiary” and “inflammatory.”

Stars and Stripes Forever PAC says on its website that the Detroit ad is part of a campaign in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and several other states to “enact a truly conservative agenda for America — a return to constitutional government and the rule of law.”

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