Martin Luther King, Jr. Niece Says Abortion is Real Black "Quiet Riot"

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 6, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 6
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is garnering national news for comments saying that there is a developing "quiet riot" among black Americans that may threaten the nation. However, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., says the real quiet storm revolves around the issue of abortion.

Obama, an Illinois senator, said that frustration and resentment is building in the African-American community as many blacks who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina are still roughing it some 20 months after the natural disaster.

He said that the so-called riots take place in black neighborhoods every day because of hopelessness about the future.

Referring to riots in citifies across America at various points during the history of the civil rights movement, Obama told a meeting of black pastors that "Those ‘quiet riots’ that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths."

"They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates," he added.

But Dr. Alveda King, who has become a leading pro-life advocate, said Obama, who is pro-abortion, is ignoring something causing real problems for the black community.

"Senator Obama may know of the ‘quiet riots’ coming from the black community, but he doesn’t understand their source," she told

"Seventeen million black babies have been killed by abortion and the cries of those children, their mothers, and their families are what Senator Obama is hearing," King added. "I invite him to listen to those cries more clearly and compassionately."

"I pray he will realize that hopelessness and despair are only deepened by aborting those who are the future," she said.

In August of 2004, in a survey sponsored by Pace University and Rock the Vote, 54% of all Americans declared themselves pro-life while just 44% said they supported legal abortion. However African-American voters took a pro-life position by a larger 59% to 42% margin.

About 37 percent of abortions are performed on African-American women, though they make up only 12 percent of the population.

The abortion rate of black women is three times higher than that of white women and 60% of African-American women who become pregnant will have an abortion. More than 14 million abortions have been done on black women and abortion businesses are frequently located in minority communities.

"I join the voices of thousands across America who can no longer sit idly by and allow this horrible spirit of murder to cut down," King says. "If the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is to live, our babies must live."

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