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figure, 24 million Black babies — roughly half the current Black population — were removed by abortion since 1973.

The United States in 1955 was a nation before the passage of the Civil Rights Act. There was segregation; there was racism; and there was poverty.

But today, many years later, we still have poverty, and our public discourse is still dominated by allegations of racism.

According to the rhetoric on the left, there was nothing good about the America of 1955.

But this is not true. The state of faith and, because of this, the state of marriage and childbearing, was far healthier than today, both among whites and among Blacks.

According to Gallup, as we show in the “State of Black America” recently published by my organization, CUREPOLICY, in the early 1960s, 70% of Americans said religion was “very important” in their own lives. By the late 1970s, this was down to 52%.

In 1955, the national fertility rate — the average number of children birthed by women of child-bearing age — was 3.42. Today, this is down to 1.78. The rate needed for a population to replace itself and not shrink is 2.2.

In 1960, 9% of Black adults and 8% of white adults had never been married. By 2012, this had increased to 36% among Blacks and 16% among whites.

In 1960, less than 5% of white babies were born to unwed mothers. By 2010, this was up to 29%. Among Blacks, in 1960 a little over 20% of babies were born to unwed mothers. By 2010, this was up to 72%.

The secularization of the country in the 1960s did not produce more freedom. It produced more dependence on government.

Blacks, in this regard, have been hurt the most.

In 1950, the federal government took 15.3% of the national economy. By 2020, this was up to 32%.

President Joe Biden, now presiding over a nation drowning in debt, inflation and sclerotic growth, said the other day that “The MAGA crowd is the most extreme political organization that has existed in American history.”

If an aging America without married fathers and mothers and without children is where you think our future lies, Joe Biden is your man.

In 1956, 39% of Blacks voted for the Republican presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower.

We’re going back to the future. More Black Americans, and all Americans, are seeing that rooted in the American ideal of freedom is sanctity of life and family.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www. COPYRIGHT 2022 CREATORS. COM

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