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Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project

In 2012, a battle ensued between Susan B. Komen (SBK) and Planned Parenthood (PP). pulling about $700,000 in breast cancer screening and service grants from Planned Parenthood. Though the sum is rather large in the thoughts of most American's, compared to the groups' bottom lines, it is relatively small potatoes. For example, SKB's coffers contained more than $400 million in 2010. That same year, Planned Parenthood’s was over $1 billion. Never-the-less, PP was up in arms when SBK stated they would no longer be sending $700,000 in breast cancer screening and service grants PP had been receiving. As a result, PP, who stated they need these funds to ‘save women’s lives,’ spent $300,000+ on a smear campaign against the Komen Foundation. One can only wonder how many lives would have been ‘saved’ had PP applied those funds in a different direction.


Numerous left-aligned individuals – a large portion of them black - continue to sing the praises of Planned Parenthood, stating the organization is truly concerned with women’s health. Though there may be a grain of truth deeply embedded in that statement somewhere, if black participants would take time to research the history of this ‘noble institution,’ they might consider singing a whole different song.


In the early years of the 20th century, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, aligned herself with a group of eugenicists that strongly espoused the desire for purity of the Aryan race. Their goal for doing so was to ‘cleanse’ the bloodlines. One of the methods they chose was to encourage those who were considered by the ‘powers that be’ as ‘fit’ to increase their level of reproduction; while at the same time made an all-out effort to limit the number of births by the so-called ‘inferiors’ through the use of segregation, birth control, abortion and sterilization.


Thomas Robert Malthus, a 19th-century professor of political economy, was of the opinion a population time bomb was ticking away and would result in the end of the human race unless something was done. He cited various social problems such as hunger, poverty and deprivation as the basis for his theory. He also possessed a disdain for the various charities which sought to reach out to those less fortunate with compassion and help. Malthus’s opinion regarding these groups was they served only to exacerbate the problem, not resolve it. Malthus wrote in his magnum opus, An Essay on the Principle of Population:


"All children born, beyond what would be required to keep up the population to a desired level, must necessarily perish, unless room is made for them by the deaths of grown persons. We should facilitate, instead of foolishly and vainly endeavoring to impede, the operations of nature in producing this mortality."


In an effort to preserve the existence of Western civilization, anyone who came under the heading of materially poor, physically unfit, racially inferior, spiritually diseased and/or mentally incompetent should be isolated, suppressed and possibly eliminated. The use of contraception, sterilization and/or abortion was thought to be a necessary implementation to help limit future numbers of these inferior individuals.

It was into this overt mentality Margaret Sanger immersed herself. In her publication The Birth Control Review (founded in 1917), she espoused pro-eugenic articles by writers such as Swiss-German psychiatrist Ernst Rudin.


The dawn of the Great Depression brought with it a dual curse for black Americans:


First - they faced even harsher conditions than their white counterparts due to widespread racial discrimination and prejudice.


Second - in 1929, Sanger’s organization, the American Birth Control League (ABCL), laid the groundwork to establish a birth control clinic in the Harlem area of New York City.


In 1938, Sanger released Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography. Published by W. W. Norton of New York, this quote from Sanger is found on page 217: "No matter how early it (i.e., abortion) was performed, it (i.e., abortion) was taking life.


In 1939, Sanger changed the organization’s name to the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA) and soon began her Negro Project. The goal of this project was to restrict (though many believe the term ‘exterminate’ to be more suited) the entire black population. The real shocker in all this is the fact Sanger was able to solicit the help of the black crème de la crème of that time to aide her in these efforts by using such terms as ‘better health’ and ‘family planning’ to convince them. A number of the blacks she recruited saw her efforts as a means by which their race could attain economic empowerment and thereby win the respect of whites.


Harlem’s ‘experimental clinic’ opened its doors on November 21, 1930, with the benevolent efforts of many private foundations. Nathan W. Levin of the Julius Rosewald Fund sent Sanger a cheque with a letter stating, “I am pleased to enclose our cheque in the amount of $2,500, representing the balance of our appropriation to the Harlem Birth Control Clinic for 1930.” This same organization provided funding for the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, an event listed in the history books as: “Arguably the most infamous biomedical research study in U.S. history”. What started out as an ‘experimental clinic’ has now spread its tentacles of racial discrimination throughout the country and the world, while seizing an ever-increasing amount of financial support from every U.S. taxpayer.


In 2010, Planned Parenthood opened its fourth 'Super Center Clinic' in Houston, TX – 78,000 square feet of space, standing six stories tall and situated on six acres of land facing I-45 S (Gulf Freeway) close to Texas Southern University - a predominantly black college, and a number of black and Latino neighborhoods. (Anybody care to hazard a guess as to how many mammogram machines are housed within this facility?)


Reverend Johnny M. Hunter, national director for Life, Education and Resource Network (LEARN), the nation’s largest pro-life black organization, states that Sanger’s Negro Project has produced lasting repercussions in the black community. “We have become victims of genocide by our own hands.


One can only wonder how many Herman Cains, Clarence Thomases, Tuskegee Airmen, Andraé Crouches, Ben Carsons, George Washing Carvers, Phyllis Wheatleys, and Benjamin Bannekers, to name just a few, have been lost to our nation through the generations as a result of Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project.

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"Civil rights' doesn't mean anything without a right to life!" Reverend Johnny M. Hunter


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