Margaret Sanger Goes Bust


Black pastors are asking the Smithsonian to remove Sanger from its “Champions of Justice” exhibit

by Miles Swigart

NORFOLK, August 10, 2015 ( – Black pastors are demanding the Smithsonian Museum remove a bust of Margaret Sanger.

The display is part of the museum’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, which features various historical figures considered champions of justice. The group of pastors, known as Ministers Taking a Stand (MTS), said in their letter to the museum that Margaret Sanger was a racist and eugenicist who is on record as saying she desired the extermination of “the Negro population.” Part of her plan was to contracept, sterilize and abort them out of existence, and the ministers claim these plans are still being carried out to this day.

“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 letter states.

The letter mentions the recent Planned Parenthood exposés showing high-level employees trafficking in the sale of aborted babies’ organs, saying, “The fact is 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 letter also links to a map showing that 70 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority neighborhoods in order to provide evidence that Planned Parenthood is targeting minorities.

During her life, Margaret Sanger was an outspoken proponent of the eugenics movement, calling for the forced government sterilization of black people and those deemed unfit for reproduction. The pastors cited a letter written by Sanger that stated, “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.”

It seems Sanger’s vision is coming to fruition: A recent study revealed that more African American babies in New York City are being aborted than born. And nationwide, although African American women comprise only 13 percent of the population, they comprise nearly 40 percent of all U.S. abortions.

The dark history of racial population politics and eugenics that led to federal funding of Sanger’s organization is undeniable, and these pastors are insulted that the bust of Margaret Sanger is being housed in the same room as black civil rights leaders like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. “How can a person like Sanger, who found common cause with the racial agenda of the Ku Klux Klan, be ranked among true champions of ‘justice’?”


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