Stanton Public Policy Center Launches National Campaign for Removal of Margaret Sanger, the Founder of Planned Parenthood, from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
As part of the campaign, Congressman Russ Fulcher recently sent a letter to the Honorable Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, who is the head of the Smithsonian Institution. In his letter, Congressman Fulcher asked for the removal of Margaret Sanger's bust from the National Portrait Gallery.
Congressman Fulcher writes: “As our nation struggles to address racial injustice, it is unconscionable that an avowed racist and eugenicist is featured so prominently.”
He continues: “As a member of the United States House of Representatives, but more importantly as an American citizen who is deeply concerned about racial justice, I am respectfully asking that you remove the bust and any portraits of Margaret Sanger from the gallery.”
The national campaign to remove the bust of a racist like Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery is not an attempt to rewrite or change history. Rather, it is a way to ensure we celebrate individuals whose lives reflect and embody the very best of who we are as a nation and honor the values we cherish.
As America confronts racial injustice, it is critical our national institutions honor those who have inspired us to be our “better selves” instead of honoring those who malign and diminish entire communities.
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