By Judie Brown
Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project is a perfect example of one of the culture’s favorite “isms” these days—racism. While the project is synonymous with questions of racial prejudice, the fact is that Planned Parenthood will jump through hoops to separate itself from the obvious.
Regardless, the writings of Margaret Sanger herself shine a clear light on what this project was and why it existed. One historical overview tells the reader: “Influenced strongly by both the eugenics movement and the progressive welfare programs of the New Deal era, the Negro Project was, from the start, largely indifferent to the needs of the black community and constructed in terms and with perceptions that today smack of racism.”
The writer says this was never Sanger’s vision, but the evidence suggests that from the start the Negro Project was an effort designed to encourage black pastors to sell the idea of controlling childbirth to their flock.
Another article about the Negro Project mentions the influential Baptist minister Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. who invited Sanger to speak at his church. This, of course, received much criticism from those aware of Sanger’s real agenda.
Planned Parenthood’s version of events is dramatically different, as would be expected from an organization that profits from the killing of the innocent. But while Planned Parenthood works diligently to erase the facts—rewriting history to suit its agenda—we cannot deny the truth. We know that Planned Parenthood targets minority communities with the establishment of its facilities and the dissemination of propaganda. And we know statistically that while African Americans compose roughly 12 percent of the population, 30 percent of abortions are committed on black babies. If that is not the epitome of racist practices, then I don’t know what is!
Yet one would be hard-pressed to read these facts or hear them from a single one of the secular media outlets who screech daily about the horrors of racism, elitism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and other prejudicial attitudes!
These are the same outlets fanning the flames that create violent protests and confrontations in our streets, including the recent Charlottesville riots where the Ku Klux Klan became the flashpoint. Yes, this is the same KKK that invited Margaret Sanger to present her theories in a speech to its organization in the 1920s. Once a part of the American mainstream, according to NPR, the KKK is derided today, unlike Margaret Sanger whom people hail as a hero!
Regardless of the platitudes enunciated by current Planned Parenthood leadership, there is no question that Margaret Sanger advocated for racism and that her legacy not only lives on, but thrives. In its wake lay the dead bodies of only God knows how many little babies who were deemed unworthy to be born.
Like every other type of prejudice against the human person, racism should be exposed for what it is, then roundly condemned and overcome by human kindness. But first we must be honest about it and stop hiding behind slogans and multi-million dollar ad campaigns that focus on lies and half-truths.
African American commentator Ryan Bomberger spoke for many of us in this struggle to defend the human person when he proclaimed: “Planned Parenthood kills over 260 unarmed black lives every day in America, yet the Left praises them. How many black deaths are attributed to neo-Nazis, KKK, or the alt-right? I hate racism. But I hate the shedding of innocent blood even more, regardless of the hue of the aborted.”
Take action and educate your students, parishes, and Bible study groups about the truth of Margaret Sanger with our Who Was the Real Margaret Sanger? unit study and video. Then share the facts, teach the truth, and oppose the growing tendency to sweep the violence of racism against black babies under the rug as they go silently to their deaths.
Planned Parenthood is loathsome on many levels, but above all else its deadly practices should evoke a response that inspires us to pray for our enemies and never shy away from telling the truth about the ugly “ism” that kills.