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Martin Luther King’s niece calls Trayvon Martin’s death ‘a late abortion’

By Muriel Kane
Friday, March 30, 2012 21:43 EDT
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Anti-abortion activist Alveda King told a Fox News audience on Thursday that the death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin could be considered “a late abortion.” King was reacting to a clip of Reverend Al Sharpton, who recently called at a rally for the arrest of alleged shooter George Zimmerman.

“I’m asking that we remember that Trayvon Martin’s family is grieving right now,” stated King, who is the niece of the late civil rights leader, Martin Luther King. “And in the midst of their grieving, they don’t need a lot of anger and fear surrounding that. And certainly Trayvon Martin, a young man cut down in his prime – I would say because of my ministry ‘aborted late,’ a late abortion — now his dreams are dead. But also Mister Zimmerman, his life was turned upside down. Two young men, one dead.”

She went on to echo the arguments of conservatives like Newt Gingrich, who recently stated, “When things go wrong to an American, it is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong.”

“America’s youth are now an endangered species,” King insisted. “And so we must answer this non-violently. Not with rage and not with anger. Not by playing the race card.”

This is not the first time King has drawn unfavorable attention to herself by her extreme right-wing positions. She made her reputation as a conservative activst and author and is a former fellow of a conservative think-tank, the African-American outreach associate of a Roman Catholic pro-life group, and a prominent opponent of same-sex marriage. She also spoke at Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in 2010 and was an active supporter of would-be persidential candidate Herman Cain.

King did, however, tell The Daily Caller that she supports Cain’s demand for a full investigation of the shooting.

This video from Fox News was uploaded by Mediaite on March 29, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
 
 
 
 
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