National Catholic Register Interviews Alveda King, Niece of Slain Civil Rights Leader
From The National Catholic Reporter:
Alveda King follows in the footsteps of her uncle, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Alveda King’s father and uncle fought to free blacks from oppression, and she wants to free babies from abortion. King, a 56-year-old mother of six, works as director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life. Soon, Priests for Life will distribute her newly produced CD and DVD for teens and young adults. On Feb. 13, during Black History Month, King spoke from her home in Atlanta with Register correspondent Wayne Laugesen.
What was your uncle’s position regarding abortion on demand?
Abortion was illegal during his lifetime. It was unthinkable in America. But he said, “The Negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the future of his children for personal comfort and safety.” He spoke out against infanticide in “Letter From Birmingham Jail” and in a Christmas sermon. He said “injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere,” and it is an injustice to kill a person. If he were alive today, we might not have Roe v. Wade. It’s hard to know how successful he would have been in this battle.
Do you think abortion takes a bigger toll on the black community than on whites?
Statistics tell us that. Black women are 13% of the population, but 41% of aborted babies are black.
Does the black community understand this? Is there outrage?
Oh yes. I go across the country and have prayer breakfasts. Black women are coming out and talking about the abortions they regret, and black preachers are saying, “We’ve been silent too long.” I expect blacks will soon tell the Democratic Party, “We’re not going to continue killing babies.”
Why do you think abortion has been so disproportionately prevalent in the black community?
Margaret Sanger [founder of Planned Parenthood] had a eugenics program, and she wanted to eliminate certain elements of the population. One of Sanger’s targeted groups was black people [Google “The Negro Project”]. She sent secret messages about wanting to eliminate blacks, saying that if we can get their leaders to support us then we can get in there and do this. You can find research on this at BlackGenocide.org.
The mainstream press casts black leaders as pro-choice and socially liberal. Do you have trouble getting attention in the mainstream national press?
They don’t come looking for me. I have to actively seek media attention, and I don’t have the resources to do that. I was on Fox News this morning, and I’ve been on MSNBC and CNN. So I do get some coverage.
Who would you support to be the next president?
I’m working to elect Sen. Sam Brownback [R-Kan.]. He’s pro-life. He’s also very active in Sudan, working on the part of oppressed people there. He’s interested in significant prison reform, and he’s pro family.
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