Racist Margaret Sanger featured at the Smithsonian

American Life League has an excellent new video out taking the taxpayer funded Smithsonian to task for celebrating Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger as one of the "Women of our time."

ALL exposes Sanger in this video as a eugenicist focused on contracepting and sterilizing those she considered inferior, including the "Negro."



Comments:

Obama is the perfect example of the black pastor Sanger sought to promote the killing of black babies

Posted by: Ezek13:19 at November 20, 2008 3:09 PM


"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."

Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."

Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

Posted by: xppc at November 20, 2008 3:43 PM


Well, Sanger is definitely a "woman of our time" considering her hand in the moral decay that we now face.

Posted by: Lauren at November 20, 2008 3:45 PM


This is yet another opportunity for us to speak out! You can email the National Portrait Gallery about their exhibit Women of Our Time and ask them to remove the portrait of Sanger at webmaster@png.si.edu.

Or send mail to:
National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
Victor Building–Suite 4100 MRC 973
Washington, DC 20013-7012

I don't know which number is best to call but their main number is (202) 633-8300.

Thank you, Jill, for bringing this to our attention.

Posted by: lamb at November 20, 2008 3:46 PM


"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."

Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

.exterminate???????
She is racist.

Posted by: xppc at November 20, 2008 3:53 PM


Just sent my email expressing my distaste for their selection of Sanger. I hope they are flooded with letters and realize that they should not be painting this woman as any sort of American "hero".

Posted by: Allison at November 20, 2008 3:56 PM


I'd rather instead of taking her picture down, also display her letters and editorials on Eugenics, so everyone can know just who they're admiring. I agree with Lauren above, she is most definitely a "woman of our time". :o(

Also, I looked her up on Wikipedia and here's something she had to say about abortion that I found interesting....being the force behind planned parenthood.

"In her 1938 autobiography, Sanger notes that her 1916 opposition to abortion was based on the taking of life: "To each group we explained what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong way—no matter how early it was performed it was taking life; that contraception was the better way, the safer way—it took a little time, a little trouble, but was well worth while in the long run, because life had not yet begun."

Posted by: Lisa at November 20, 2008 4:10 PM


You do realize that Sanger was a product of her time, right?

Many people at the time believed in eugenics and many institutions (the University of Vermont, for one) were engaged in "eugenic" practices, either in thought or in deed.

Simply because the founder of a current institution held certain beliefs does NOT mean that the institution itself shares those beliefs, particularly not considering the discrepancy in time.

For instance, many of the Founding Fathers were elitists, sexist, and racist. The Constitution and the government that they created was partially a reflection of these beliefs. Is the American government today inherently elitist, sexist, and racist? And if it is, will it always be this way as courtesy of its founding?

Posted by: Enigma at November 20, 2008 4:12 PM


Yes Enignma, many believed and still do today. Otherwise why would there be recommendations to destroy a child after prenatal diagnosis of down syndrome or spina bifida, etc?

Our founding fathers weren't perfect. America has a bloody history and I have shame as well as pride over how we came to exist and lead. I'm thankful for progress, but don't include abortions as progress. Eugenic abortions. It scares me and makes me wonder when it will be okay to smother or starve the just born down syndrome child because he's not perfect.

Posted by: Lisa at November 20, 2008 4:39 PM


By the way I don't believe down syndrome children aren't perfect. My post kind of makes it sound that way. I should have said meant "someone's definition of perfect".... Sorry if I offended anyone.

Posted by: Lisa at November 20, 2008 4:43 PM


Posted by: Enigma at November 20, 2008 4:12 PM

'You do realize that Sanger was a product of her time, right?'

'Simply because the founder of a current institution held certain beliefs does NOT mean that the institution itself shares those beliefs, particularly not considering the discrepancy in time.'

----------------------------------------------------

One could conclude from PP's own data and that of the Allan Guttmacher Institute that PP has not fallen very far from the Margaret Sanger 'tree'.

Indeed PP is the fruit of Sanger's eugenics ideology. PP has chosen to locate it's facilities in minortiy communities. Minorities, particularly minorities of African descent, are choosing to 'abort' at rates much higher than other ethnicities.

The motivating factor behind the abortion agenda is not just limiting the quantity of people, but
improving the qualitiy of people by eliminating those the elitist deem 'undesirable'.

Fellow travelers and/or useful idiots. Which category does the o'bama (pbuh) fall into? Either, neither, both?

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at November 20, 2008 4:53 PM


What's (pbuh)?

Posted by: Lisa at November 20, 2008 4:58 PM


kbhvac

I often point that out (PP putting its "Health Clinics" in poor minority neighborhoods) but its often shot down by PP supporters on here, with someone saying "but poor women need their health services, too".

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at November 20, 2008 4:59 PM


Lisa, it means "Peace Be Upon Him". It's a traditional Islamic blessing (though I'm pretty sure ken means it rather mean-spiritedly.)

Posted by: Erin at November 20, 2008 5:05 PM


"Lisa, it means "Peace Be Upon Him"."

Ah, thanks Erin. I remember seeing that always written after the name of Mohammad and the name of JESUS when I would read writings of Muslims on the internet. Neat.

Posted by: Bobby Bambino at November 20, 2008 5:19 PM


Bobby, YOU are neat.

Also, extremely kind and a person I truly admire.

Posted by: Sandy at November 20, 2008 5:59 PM


Sandy, I agree about Bobby. I have big hopes for him.

Posted by: hal at November 20, 2008 7:15 PM


This is almost as bad as Canada giving The Order of Canada (our highest civilian honor) to Mortgantaler, who boasts of killing over 100,000 innocent babies.

I still get so angry when I think of this.

Posted by: Joanne at November 20, 2008 7:47 PM


Enigma,

Planned Parenthood gives an award each year in Margaret Sanger's name. STILL, after all these years. They HONOR her and now the Smithsonian honors Planned Parenthood. I wonder how much (of tax-payer money) Planned Parenthood donated to pay for that exhibit?


Posted by: Janet at November 20, 2008 8:17 PM


If MLK was alive today, I would bet he would return his award he received back in 1966 from PP. He would be flabbergasted at the way blacks are still treated and outraged that they are 3 times more likely to abort.

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at November 20, 2008 9:55 PM


MLK got an award from PP? I'm really surprised to hear that.

Posted by: Joanne at November 20, 2008 10:11 PM


Janet,

So what? Benjamin Franklin was a terrible womanizer and treated his family terribly--yet we still have all of these buildings named after him and revere him as "the great Ben Franklin."

Should the government and society stop honoring a great man because we may disagree with how he ran his personal life?

Posted by: Enigma at November 20, 2008 10:14 PM


Enigma,
Ben Franklin's life work was not aimed at eliminating "human weeds" for eugenic purposes by means of birth control. His work can be separated from his personal life and beliefs. But Margaret Sanger's work WAS her life and was done BECAUSE of her beliefs. She pushed for birth control BECAUSE she wanted a eugenics program to eliminate from the gene-pool those individuals and races she deemed "dysgenic."

--Michael

Posted by: Michael at November 21, 2008 8:36 AM


Michael - great coverage at ALL.

Thank you.

What's the possibility of expanding a Sanger piece into a full documentary?

Anyway to increase the moral contrast? While your piece is excellent, the problem many don't immediately grasp the implications between what she did and how it impacted society.

This is hidden history that needs to be told.

Posted by: Chris Arsenault at November 21, 2008 8:48 AM


Michael,

"She pushed for birth control BECAUSE she wanted a eugenics program to eliminate from the gene-pool those individuals and races she deemed "dysgenic.""

False. She advocated birth control because she saw poor women who were worn out from bearing too many babies.

Posted by: Enigma at November 21, 2008 10:18 AM


False. She advocated birth control because she saw poor women who were worn out from bearing too many babies.

It amazes me how people can deny what the woman said herself. With her own mouth. Just like with Obama, they just ignore what they want to ignore and believe what they want to believe.

Posted by: Bethany at November 21, 2008 12:31 PM


see saw poor women as UNFIT to reproduce -- Eugenics, remember?

"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it. (Margaret Sanger SAID THIS)


Posted by: LizFromNebraska at November 21, 2008 1:09 PM


She advocated birth control because she saw poor women who were worn out from bearing too many babies.

This is true, and she also saw families with so many kids that everybody suffered; sometimes the kids couldn't be taken care of properly.

That said, she also did have some hardcore attitudes which were much more frequent back then.

Posted by: Doug at November 21, 2008 6:07 PM


Many people at the time believed in eugenics and many institutions (the University of Vermont, for one) were engaged in "eugenic" practices, either in thought or in deed.

True there as well, Enigma.

Anyway - eugenics if promoted would not be Pro-Choice. Pro-Choice is for leaving it up to the woman or couple, not for mandating that any certain thing be done.

Posted by: Doug at November 21, 2008 6:10 PM


"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.
Posted by: xppc at November 20, 2008 3:53 PM

That was chilling....

Posted by: truthseeker at November 21, 2008 8:29 PM


Margaret Sanger HATED abortion. Her hatred for the procedure was a driving source behind her quest to make birth control available to all women:

From "The Woman Rebel";

"She turned women seeking abortions away from her clinics: "I do not approve of abortion." She called it "sordid," "abhorrent," "terrible," "barbaric," a "horror." She called abortionists "blood-sucking men with MD after their names who perform operations for the price of so-and-so." She called the results of abortion "an outrageous slaughter," "infanticide," "foeticide," and "the killing of babies." And Margaret Sanger, who knew a thing or two about contraception, said that birth control "has nothing to do with abortion, it has nothing to do with interfering with or disturbing life after conception has taken place." Birth control stands alone: "It is the first, last, and final step we all are to take to have real human emancipation."

Posted by: Laura at November 22, 2008 3:40 PM


The Smithsonian only has one picture of Margaret Sanger. I abhor Sanger, but crying about one picture doesn't do us any good.

Decent video, though...

Posted by: Carl at November 22, 2008 4:13 PM


Laura,

This quote is also attributed to Sanger.

" Women of the working class, especially wage workers, should not have more than two children at most. The average working man can support no more and and the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion."

It's not surprising to hear this from her given the fact the her mother had a very difficult life and ten (?) children, but how do you suppose having only two children in that day and age would be possible without abortion? There are no guarantees with birth control. Promoting abortion was the next logical step.

As you quoted, she called abortionists "blood-sucking men with MD after their names who perform operations for the price of so-and-so." She didn't like the male doctors in the abortion industry much. The women's liberation movement took the abortion industry away from the male doctors as the groups of women started doing them on their own in their homes and small offices. It was a power thing between men and women. The ironic thing about legalized abortion was the that control left the hands of the women and went back to the male doctors in the hospitals.

Posted by: Janet at November 22, 2008 10:41 PM


Janet, very interesting and informative post there. Cheers!

Posted by: Doug at November 23, 2008 9:12 AM


Doug, Google the "History of Abortion", or "Chicago Women's Liberation Union" sometime (see below). There's a week's worth of reading there.

http://www.cwluherstory.com/CWLUArchive/archive.html

http://www.cwluherstory.org/featured-history/5.html
http://www.cwluherstory.org/abortion-a-womans-decision-a-womans-right-2.html
http://www.cwluherstory.org/featured-history/7.html
http://www.cwluherstory.org/the-jane-song.html

The Jane Song
(Lyrics only) a song commemorating the Abortion Counseling Service Editor's Note: After the dissolution of Jane, Elizabeth Roberts wrote this song to commemorate the Abortion Counseling Service. It was set to the tune of "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore", an anti-war song by John Prine.)

I woke up one bright morning.
about the middle of May.
I had some kids and a good old man,
Things were going my way.

But I looked at my calendar and there I read my fate.
Five pounds here and a bigger brassiere
I was about seven weeks late!

Chorus:

643-3844 is a number you'll adore
The women in the service know what you’re calling for.
They’ll give you an abortion
No matter what the reason for. (Alt. maybe three or four)
And 643-3844 is a number you‘ll adore.

I siddled up to my best chum
I tried to tell her why -
I was getting fat and my breakfast
And then I started to cry

Don’t you worry, don’t you fret”,
She said to me so plain.
“I’ll give you a telephone number
And you can tell it all to Jane”.

Chorus

I called this lady on the phone.
She sounded really great.
She asked my name and telephone and then my l.p. date.
“A counsellor will call you, Just put your mind at rest. We’d like $100.
But we’ll take you best(quietly).”

Chorus


It’s another bright May morning
My problem’s all resolved.
But my heart is heavy laden
“Cause I hear Jane’s been dissolved."

No more o.o.t.s, 6 p.k.s 3 k.s, a.b.s, or miss.
Cause when you dial the number
The message sounds like this- - -

Chorus

643-3844 can’t help you any more
We’re already out of business
From your dirty legal war.
We gave you an abortion no matter at the reason for.
But 643-384 can’t help you any more.


Posted by: Janet at November 23, 2008 1:52 PM


Janet, I don't really get that song...

Posted by: Doug at November 23, 2008 2:28 PM


Doug, What's not to get?

Posted by: Janet at November 23, 2008 11:25 PM


Janet, first of all, what is this: No more o.o.t.s, 6 p.k.s 3 k.s, a.b.s, or miss. ?

Okay, "Jane" is an abortion counselor, right?

I take it that the song is supposed to be protesting against Jane, but at the end the speaker's heart was heavy because Jane's no longer there?

Posted by: Doug at November 24, 2008 8:41 AM