You read the headline right. You don’t even need a roller and bucket of yellow paint. Just grab a piece of chalk and write “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” on the sidewalk in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C., and bingo — police will show up and arrest you.
At least that’s what happened to two members of Students for Life on Saturday. It was even worse, according to a group spokesperson:
Just weeks ago D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser painted the streets of Washington, D.C. with a powerful slogan, “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” and then allowed activists to paint, with permanent paint, additional messages like “Defund the Police.”
In doing this, she proclaimed not only what those of us in the pro-life movement genuinely believe and fight for every day in front of Planned Parenthoods and other abortion facilities across America. But she also opened up the streets of Washington, D.C. for public expression.
After applying and receiving our permit for this event today, after being told by the Metropolitan police that the Mayor has quote “opened a Pandora’s box” by painting public streets, we arrived to SIX police cars threatening to arrest our team and students if they painted, even using the temporary paint we bought that the Police Department specifically requested.
When we asked if we could at least use sidewalk chalk to chalk our anti-violence message on the streets, the police threatened to arrest us. In fact, when a college student and Students for Life staffer knelt to sidewalk chalk instead of go through with our planned message, the D.C. police arrested them.
Our students and team members were threatened, harassed, and arrested in front of Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C. for painting all Black Preborn Lives Matter.
— studentsforlife (@StudentsforLife) August 1, 2020
Tina Whittington of Students for Life told MRCTV that the group worked with police and city officials, and were verbally told the painting would not be prevented.
When the event got underway, police arrived on the scene and stopped them.
The group then went to writing their message on the sidewalk with chalk, leading to two arrests. Whittington says Students For Life does sidewalk messaging outside the Planned Parenthood every Saturday.
“Why would they block it from happening this Saturday? I think they just don’t like our message, it’s viewpoint discrimination,” Whittington said.
Apparently Students for Life means business. The organization now plans to sue Bowser, Whittington said.
Mayor Bowser, you’re about to get woke on Planned Parenthood’s racist past and present. You’re about to get woke on the violence of abortion. You’re about to get woke on the first Amendment.
The “warning” continued, on the group’s website.
Students for Life and the Pro-Life Generation will not stop. Today, across America, Planned Parenthood will end 360 black lives. And we will no longer be silent. We will no longer politely wait for you to acknowledge our rights to free speech and expression.
The next place Mayor Bowser will see us will be in the court room. Because Students for Life will sue the city of Washington, D.C. for violating our First Amendment rights to free speech and expression today.
We’re going to ensure that Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger’s biggest fear comes true. Because word is about to “get out” across the nation that Planned Parenthood was founded and continues to this very day to exterminate black lives.
To those in Congress who continue to vote to fund Planned Parenthood with more than $500 million in our taxpayer dollars each year.
To those in power who believe that they can use public streets to promote for some speech but not others.
To those who report to work every day to Planned Parenthood’s across the nation only to ensure that the lives of tiny human beings, of all skin colors, are torn apart and thrown away…
The Pro-Life Generation will not be silent.
BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER
While you have to admire Students for Life, the harsh reality of liberal hypocrisy is that it is an immovable force. Setting aside pre-born black lives for a moment, 0f course black lives matter. As do all lives. But how about conservative black lives?
How about the absolute skewering of black conservatives, everyone from 31-year-old activist Candace Owens to 72-year-old Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas? Do their lives matter as much to the BLM movement and its apologists in the Democrat Party and liberal media as much as black Americans who “fit” the BLM “mold”? Of course not.
Here’s the thing.
When even Barack Obama can be called a “bamboozling, buck-dancing Tom” by former New Black Panther Party leader Malik Zulu Shabazz, because America’s first black president “caved in to the white man like a punk,” and get a pass?
Yeah, arresting a couple of white college students for chalking up a D.C. sidewalk in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic is a piece of cake.