Margaret Sanger’s Racism, Pt 1

April 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM 2 comments

As far as Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was concerned, all black babies should be aborted, along with other children from races who were not of the highest stock.  In a 1939 memo to Dr. Clarence J. Gamble (of Proctor & Gamble), Sanger stated, “We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten that idea out if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”[1]  This was in response to Gamble’s memo to Sanger about something he had come up with to eradicate blacks, in what he called “Suggestion for Negro Project.” (emphasis added)

Please do not lose sight of the fact that Sanger specifically stated that they wanted to exterminate blacks, but did not want that to become known by the general black population.  Hence, the idea to use black ministers to hide the fact that the ulterior motive involved eliminating the black race was what Gamble had come up with and to which Sanger agreed.

The racist history of Planned Parenthood is something those on the Left dutifully ignore.  In an attempt to “prove” that the group is free of racism, Faye Wattleton was appointed as the group’s president from 1978 to 1992 and was the first black woman to hold the post.  The Left can “use” a black person and that’s fine.  When the Right includes black people, then we are accused of using them for our alleged racist agenda, as if blacks like Allen West, Ben Carson, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson and others are too stupid to think for themselves and arrive at their own conclusions.  Funny how that works.

Of course, feminists and others on the Left go out of their way in their attempts to destroy the notion that Sanger was a racist.  They go so far as to admit to the fact that she was a eugenicist.  While that’s not great either, it’s certainly better than being a racist.  Unfortunately, the facts prove otherwise.

With respect to alleged racist statements by Sanger, they are often met with claims of her comments being taken out of context.  Noting the statement, “We do not want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” it is said that the comment – by itself – can seem to appear racist, but after closer examination, it is not.

Margaret Sanger was aware of concerns that birth control would pose a threat to the African American community. Consequently, she was determined to alleviate these concerns by involving the African American community in the formation of birth control clinics in the South. The quote above comes from a letter that Sanger wrote to Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, one of the financial backers of the birth control movement. In the letter, Sanger argued that African American doctors needed to be employed at birth control clinics. Sanger felt that it was important to employ black doctors and social workers in order for patients to feel that the clinics represented their community. When the Birth Control Federation of America became Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942, Sanger established the Division of Negro Service to oversee outreach to the African American community nationally. Sanger’s work was endorsed by African American leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and W.E.B. DuBois.”[2]

Birth control itself was not the concern.  Forced sterilization was the concern, but note how the quote simply references “birth control.”

It can be clearly shown that many of the early eugenicists in America were Nazis who simply brought over their supremacy of the white race to America.  Of course, we’ll also show that the above quote contains fallacies that are presented as fact.

The person we’ve quoted is lying.  Sanger did “reach out” to the African-American community.  However, it was not for the purposes implied in the above quote.  We will show that initially, those in the black community grew concerned that Sanger’s clinics were merely covers for forced sterilization of blacks.

Margaret Sanger aligned herself with the eugenicists whose ideology prevailed in the early 20th century. Eugenicists strongly espoused racial supremacy and ‘purity,’ particularly of the ‘Aryan’ race. Eugenicists hoped to purify the bloodlines and improve the race by encouraging the ‘fit’ to reproduce and the ‘unfit’ to restrict their reproduction. They sought to contain the ‘inferior’ races through segregation, sterilization, birth control and abortion.”[3]

The more the subject of eugenics is studied, the more the reality of its racist intents becomes obvious.  The Left cannot admit this though because it plays against their agenda.

We’ll talk more about eugenics in our next part of our four-part series on Margaret Sanger’s Racism.

[1] (04/05/2013)

[2] (04/05/2013)

[3] (04/05/2013)

Entry filed under: Political Correctness, Politically Correct, Politics.

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  • 1. Sherry  |  April 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    FTA: The racist history of Planned Parenthood is something those on the Left dutifully ignore.

    I’ll say! I had my comments deleted when I posted provable facts on the site of a dear liberal friend who thought Sanger was a feminist hero and great American icon! Yowser! There are none so blind as thiose who refuse to see! She even said that abortion was not murder so her foundation of “truth” was of a delusional one.

    • 2. modres  |  April 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      It doesn’t surprise me when liberals approach things like you’ve explained.

      Wonder how your friend would react if she actually saw an abortion take place? Would she still say it’s not murder?

      You’re right about their delusional foundation. Very sad.

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