During recent remarks at a meeting of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Alveda King offered her take on the real threat facing the black community.
The pro-life advocate and niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. explained that the overwhelming number of black babies killed in the womb should be a central focus of the race rioters staging protests across the U.S.
“Nationwide,” she said, “while African Americans make up just 13 percent of the population, black women have 36 percent of the abortions performed in this country.”
Since the legalization of abortion just over 40 years ago, she noted that 16 million black babies have been lost to the deadly procedure.
“In New York City alone,” she continued, “the most dangerous place for a black child is in the womb.”
About 60 percent of all black pregnancies end in abortion in the nation’s most populous city, she said.
Though she offered plenty of statistics to make her case, King noted that hard facts will “never really communicate the suffering that the shockwaves of abortion have unleashed on the black family.”
She said the black community is increasingly “numb and disconnected” because of the impact these elective deaths have had. King then shared her take on the recurring mantra of demonstrators reacting to the police-related deaths of black suspects in Missouri and New York.
“We hear a popular hashtag today: ‘Black Lives Matter,’” she said, “but certainly that is from conception to natural death. The babies in the womb matter as well.”
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.