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NYT Watered Down Margaret Sanger’s Racist, Eugenic Background

NYT Watered Down Margaret Sanger’s Racist, Eugenic Background

Why didn’t the NYT provide concrete examples of Sanger’s eugenic beliefs?

Planned Parenthood of New York will remove founder Margaret Sanger’s name from its Manhattan clinic due to her history in eugenics.

The New York Times provided quotes from people stating that Sanger was a racist and viewed birth control as a way to stop minorities from reproducing.

The publication also did not mention the fact that Planned Parenthood will continue Sanger’s mission. Ironically, the article reminds us that Sanger purposely placed her clinics in minority communities.

The New York PP affiliate released this statement:

“The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color,” Karen Seltzer, the chair of the New York affiliate’s board, said in a statement.

Now let’s go on a history adventure, which is something the NYT dismissed in its article.

The article concluded that Sanger “pushed for reproductive rights” and recalled the uncorroborated story of a young woman dying in her arms after her second abortion. But it did not include, except for a quote from the national organization, Sanger’s eugenic beliefs.

We all know Sanger didn’t open her birth control clinic out of the goodness of her heart. She wanted women to use birth control as a way to “keep the human race pure“:

The national organization said in the fact sheet that it disagreed with Ms. Sanger’s decision to speak to members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1926 as she tried to spread her message about birth control.

It also condemned her support for policies to sterilize people who had disabilities that could not be treated; for banning immigrants with disabilities; and for “placing so-called illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, and dope fiends on farms and in open spaces as long as necessary for the strengthening and development of moral conduct.”

(Yes, Sanger spoke to the women’s arm of the KKK in 1926.)

The national organization insisted “she had mostly been well-intentioned in trying to make birth control accessible for poor and immigrant communities.”

The New York Times article quoted people defending Sanger because people “in both conservative and liberal circles” supported the eugenics movement, but Sanger wasn’t extreme:

The eugenics movement had wide support at the time in both conservative and liberal circles, Ms. Chesler said, and Ms. Sanger was squarely in the latter camp. She rejected some eugenicists’ belief that white middle-class families should have more children than others, Ms. Chesler said.

Instead, Ms. Sanger believed that the quality of all children’s lives could be improved if their parents had smaller families, Ms. Chesler said, adding that Ms. Sanger believed Black people and immigrants had a right to that better life.

Um, has the NYT, the PP national organization, the New York affiliate, or the professor read Sanger’s letter to Dr. C.J. Gamble? It mentions the Negro Project of the South, which suggested they get black preachers and ministers to push birth control. But Sanger urged caution (emphasis mine):

“The ministers work is also important and also he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal we hope to reach. 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 that idea if it occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

You can read more about the Negro Project here.

M.K. Sprinkle included a few Sanger quotes in a Baltimore Sun op-ed published in January (emphasis mine):

From “The Pivot of Civilization” (1922): “We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”

From “Birth Control and Racial Betterment” (1919): “Before eugenists and others who are laboring for racial betterment can succeed, they must first clear the way for Birth Control. Like the advocates of Birth Control, the eugenists, for instance, are seeking to assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit. Both are seeking a single end but they lay emphasis upon different methods.”

From “A Plan for Peace” (1932): [The government should] “give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.”

And finally, the essence of Margaret Sanger. From “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda” (1921): “Today eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue in the solution of racial, political and social problems.”

Removing Sanger’s name does not change the fact that Planned Parenthood evolved into an abortion machine and a majority of the surgical clinics are in minority communities:

  • Planned Parenthood allows a mother to kill her baby if the baby has any kind of disability.
  • Planned Parenthood allows a mother to kill her baby based on the baby’s sex.
  • 79% of Planned Parenthood surgical clinics “are located within walking distance of minority communities,” according to a study by Protecting Black Lives.
  • Planned Parenthood kills more black babies than any other race. Black women are five times more likely to have an abortion than white women.

Margaret Sanger was evil. Her Planned Parenthood is still evil.

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    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to DSHornet. | July 23, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    But PP loves the profits from dead babies…….

    JusticeDelivered in reply to DSHornet. | July 23, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Hitler’s abuse of and extreme eugenics policy does not discredit all eugenics. It continues today with genetic engineering.

    No religion walks on water, as demonstrated by the Catholic church’s complicity in allowing many generations of children to be playthings for warped priests.

    Catholic claims of natural law ring hollow.

    In some ways that makes the faith only marginally more civilized than Islam.

    It is interesting how issues recur throughout history. Rome’s birth rate was not adequate, and today caucasian reproductive rate is too low. So in hindsight, birth control is a problem. It can be handled with incentives to encourage people to have more children.

    But, children born to people who either will not, or cannot properly care for them is also a huge problem, and that problem is glaring within America’s black community. Both Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were examples of this.

    Recognizing that problem does not make Sanger or anyone else a racist.

      Spoken as a true atheist. This explains your tendency to bloodlust. Let’s eliminate the wrong kind of people.

      We are all “the wrong kind of people”. Much of the difference between your average Joe and Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Epstein is simply lack of opportunity.

      “No religion walks on water.” Religion doesn’t walk – people do. No person (except one) walks on water.

      Western Civilization is based on natural law, which is based on reason. The US Constitution is based on Western Civilization.

      Justice is an idol not worthy of worship. The problem with the left is not that they worship the wrong kind of justice – it’s that they worship justice.

Some evil lasts forever. It is lies that perpetuate the evil, and helps it grow.

Such is the legacy of this vile woman.

    Tom Servo in reply to oldgoat36. | July 23, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Over the years, I have found this to be a very good way to get liberals, especially some annoying relatives, to stop talking to me. Anytime they start on about anything like abortion, I launch into how their idol Sanger was one of the most vicious racists who ever lived and how even the 3rd Reich admired her. I don’t expect to change their minds, but it does make them really mad and stops them from ever bringing up any topic like that at all in my presence.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Tom Servo. | July 23, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      Now we know why Hillary and all the feminists worship Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger.

      Because in doing so they celebrate the KKK and their truest innermost self.

      There have been no true feminist since the suffragettes won the right to vote at the start of the 1920s. All so-called feminists since then from Betty Freidan, Gloria Steinem, to Hillary Clinton, have been nothing but Power hungry greedy criminals.

Is Sanger really that different from today’s Antifa terrorists?

Margaret Sanger has been one of the most successful Leftists of the 20th century.

    n.n in reply to Whitewall. | July 23, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    She was competitive with Mao, but since the Chinese overturned their one-child policy, her planned parenthood leads the world in excess deaths.

buckeyeminuteman | July 23, 2020 at 7:50 am

Remove her name but continue her mission full speed ahead. Hollow actions and hollow words from the radical, regressive Left.

I want to start seeing “Babies Lives Matter” painted on the roads in front of their abattoirs all across the nation.

It’s “funny” that the ProLife people always knew and expressed disgust about Sanger’s anti-black agenda and were ignored…

They should be embracing her just like they did with 1619. But making up history is their job.

Lucifer Morningstar | July 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

Mike Wallace interviewed Sanger in 1957 on the topic of “birth control”. It’s quite a revealing (and revolting) revelation of Sanger’s racist attitudes. If you have the stomach to watch and listen to this vile woman here’s the link to a YouTube copy of the video. (It’s amazing Planned Parenthood hasn’t demanded that Alphabet Inc remove all copies of this interview as it certainly doesn’t put Planned Parenthood or it’s founder in good light.)

“will remove founder Margaret Sanger’s name from its Manhattan clinic due to her history in eugenics”

Excerpt from something well worth reading,

Its supporters included Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Winston Churchill. It was approved by Supreme Court justices Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis, who ruled in its favor. The famous names who supported it included Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone; activist Margaret Sanger; botanist Luther Burbank; Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University; the novelist H. G. Wells; the playwright George Bernard Shaw; and hundreds of others. Nobel Prize winners gave support. Research was backed by the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations. The Cold Springs Harbor Institute was built to carry out this research, but important work was also done at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Johns Hopkins. Legislation to address the crisis was passed in states from New York to California.

These efforts had the support of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the National Research Council. It was said that if Jesus were alive, he would have supported this effort.

All in all, the research, legislation and molding of public opinion surrounding the theory went on for almost half a century. Those who opposed the theory were shouted down and called reactionary, blind to reality, or just plain ignorant. But in hindsight, what is surprising is that so few people objected.

Today, we know that this famous theory that gained so much support was actually pseudoscience. The crisis it claimed was nonexistent. And the actions taken in the name of theory were morally and criminally wrong. Ultimately, they led to the deaths of millions of people.

The theory was eugenics, and its history is so dreadful — and, to those who were caught up in it, so embarrassing — that it is now rarely discussed. But it is a story that should be well know to every citizen, so that its horrors are not repeated.


The left is wrong in almost everything. Yet it has a cultural upper hand.


    Anacleto Mitraglia in reply to pfg. | July 23, 2020 at 9:37 am

    I find appropriate that the interview satrts with a long cig ad: another excellent “human pest remover”.

    A clear sign that a scientific theory is likely bogus is one that is declared “settled”, or one you are not allowed to question. Global warming/man-made climate change, evolution, and systemic racism have all been declared Holy and beyond question by the MSM/DNC axis.

    gibbie in reply to pfg. | July 23, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Hitler may have slowed it down by graphically demonstrating where it was going, but the spirit of eugenics is alive and well today.

    “The Abolition of Man” by C.S. Lewis is an excellent read.

But Margaret Sanger’s genocidal legacy will go one. It would be like Nazis deciding to erase the name of Adolph Hitler but keeping the Third Reich intact.

Communists did something similar with Josef Stalin. Stalin fell from the grace of his fellow Communists, but they kept the monstrous machine he created.

Lucifer Morningstar | July 23, 2020 at 10:58 am

Planned Parenthood of New York will remove founder Margaret Sanger’s name from its Manhattan clinic due to her history in eugenics.

Big deal. One Planned Parenthood abortion franchise has acknowledged Sanger’s racism and eugenics and removed Sanger’s name from one clinic. But until they and the national leadership acknowledge they still operate under those racist eugenic principals nothing will change.

Selective-child and clinical cannibalism under the Planned Parenthood protocol backed by the Progressive Church under the Pro-Choice religion and Twilight faith, and liberals go along to get along. Close the abortion chambers, the Mengele clinics. #HateLovesAbortion

I once tried to find Sanger’s books in the Cornell libraries so that I could see for myself what she wrote, instead of reading short quotations.

At that time, all hard copies of her books had been stolen. The only copies were on microfilm, requiring permission to view. I gave up because that answered my questions.

Birth control is a good, but not an unmingled good. The left will never admit that it benefits predatory males.

    n.n in reply to gibbie. | July 23, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    The first choice is abstention. The second choice is prevention (i.e. conception, perhaps the first month in exceptional circumstances). The third choice is compassion (e.g. adoption). The fourth choice is love. Then there is Pro-Choice/abortion a.k.a. reproductive rites a.k.a. planned parenthood the wicked solution.

    birth control… it benefits predatory males

    and feminists (i.e. female chauvinists). Keep women barefoot, available, and taxable.

Planned Parenthood is doing what the KKK can only dream about doing….eradicating 40% of the Black population


Dr. King’s award was presented on May 5, 1966. The citation read

“This award is presented to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., for his courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity.