A group of black pastors are calling for the Smithsonian Institution to remove a bust of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger, noting that in the wake of the current Planned Parenthood scandal, it should also be remembered that Sanger was a eugenicist and a racist.
The bust of Sanger appears in the National Portrait Gallery at the museum as part of an exhibition titled “Struggle for Justice.” The historical figures featured, including leading figures of the civil rights movement Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks., are described as “champions of justice.”
A letter penned by a coalition of pastors known as Ministers Taking A Stand states:
“Perhaps the Gallery is unaware that Ms. Sanger supported black eugenics, a racist attitude toward black and other minority babies, an elitist attitude toward those she regarded as ‘the feeble minded;’ speaking at a rally of Ku Klux Klan women; and communications with Hitler sympathizers,”
The bust at the Smithsonian, even cites Sanger’s eugenicist ideology, and admits that founder of what would go on to become the nation’s largest abortion provider, targeted minorities.
A sign beneath the bust says that “During her campaign, Sanger became associated with the eugenics movement – which promoted, among other practices, the forced sterilization of those deemed mentally unfit and for a time was endorsed by many of the era’s prominent thinkers.”
However, it justifies such horrific attitude by saying that Sanger was “profoundly affected by the physical and mental toll exacted on women by frequent childbirth, miscarriage and self-induced abortion.”
“Her bust should not be part of the gallery’s ‘Struggle for Justice’ exhibit, which honors ‘great achievements … striking down long-standing segregationist practices and discrimination in American society,'” the pastors urge in their letter, adding that “Ms. Sanger may have been a lot of things, but a ‘champion of justice’ she definitely was not.”
“Like Hitler, Sanger advocated eugenics — the extermination of people she deemed ‘undesirables.'” the letter continues.
“Finding that the American people rejected that idea, she then switched to birth control as a way of controlling the population growth of black people and others,” the letter reads. “The name ‘Planned Parenthood’ was chosen for its obvious marketability. Who wouldn’t want to ‘plan’ for children? The reality is that 90 [percent] of the organization’s income comes from the deaths of unborn children.”
“Also the notorious ‘Negro Project,’ which sought to limit, if not eliminate black births, was her brainchild,” the letter states. “Despite these well- documented facts of history, her bust sits proudly in your gallery as a hero of justice.”
“The obvious incongruity is staggering!” the letter asserts.
“How can a person like Sanger, who found common cause with the racial agenda of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), be ranked among true champions of ‘justice?’” the letter states. “She was a purveyor of grave injustice against the most innocent and vulnerable among us.”
Referring to the current controversy over Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling body parts of aborted babies, the ministers state that “the behavior of these abortionists, their callous and cavalier attitude toward these babies, is completely in keeping with Sanger’s perverse vision for America.”
The pastors also note that almost three quarters of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in predominantly minority areas.
“This explains why elective abortion remains the number one cause of death among black Americans, higher than all other causes combined,” the letter states. “We will not remain silent while the National Portrait Gallery venerates someone who sought to eradicate our very existence. Ms. Sanger was a racist, elitist, and her beliefs led to massive destruction of unborn human life. She was no hero.”
The ministers point to a letter Sanger herself sent to Dr. C.J. Gamble of the Eugenics Society in 1939, in which she openly admitted that she wanted to sterilize and kill off the black population.
“The ministers work is also important and also he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach,” Sanger wrote. “We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out the idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.