Blacks, Abortion in 'Gates of Hell'

What's behind the new film about black terrorists who kill off abortion doctors?

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It is dusk. A shaky camera follows a young, African-American man threading his way through a heavily wooded area off a highway outside a major U.S. city. Dead leaves crunch underfoot as he answers questions from the cameraman.

"Where are we?" the cameraman asks in a low voice.

"We're in the woods across the highway from Robert Parks, an abortionist," the young man states. "He's a doctor.

"Six months ago, I was selling women's shoes," he says, smiling as he continues his trek, with a sniper weapon and a mat slung across his back. "Believe that? Now I'm out here in the woods shootin' people."

"How far are we from the house right now?" the cameraman asks.

"We're about 250 yards," the shooter says as he reaches his destination, a clapboard house on a cul-de-sac. The shooter arranges his mat in the wooded area, aims his weapon and waits. Minutes pass. Then a white man emerges from his home and begins walking toward his vehicle. A single shot rings out and he drops to the ground like so much detritus.

That is the chilling opening of Gates of Hell, a feature film set in 2016 that looks back to the year 2014 as it chronicles the crimes of a murderous band of black domestic terrorists known as Zulu 9, who see abortion as a form of black genocide. To combat their enemies, Zulu 9 travel around the nation killing abortion doctors in this alchemy of fear and loathing.

The film's producer is Molotov Mitchell, a 32-year-old white conservative from North Carolina. He describes the venture as a political action thriller aimed at helping to dismantle abortion laws. The film was released as a DVD in February during Black History Month to underscore its importance, he told The Root.

"The Black Panthers were sounding the black genocide alarm when abortion was legalized and they were very aggressive about it and there were even some violent incidents in the 1960s," he said. "But what if someone today from a militant group were to connect the dots? Could there be some sort of terrorist attack? That would create quite a fascinating plotline, I think. That's where Gates of Hell came from."

Not surprisingly, the film has inspired outrage. Pro-choice proponents call it an outright attack on women's reproductive rights. Equating abortion with black genocide has long been known as a hot-button issue. Critics wonder if conservatives and Republicans are using the issue as a ploy to draw black supporters to their pro-life movement to help take down abortion laws.