Tell NPG Director Kim Sajet to Remove Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger from its "Struggle for Justice" Exhibit
The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC is honoring Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger in its "Struggle for Justice" exhibit. Margaret Sanger may have been a lot of things, but a crusader for justice she was not.
Sanger saw “birth control,” not as a means of helping “disadvantaged women,” but of eradicating them. She likened “colored people” to “human weeds.” She was a zealous proponent of the ideology of the American eugenics movement, and was at home in the company of the movement’s most radical elements.
Sanger held nothing back in her devotion to the movement’s vision of a master human race. Birth control, forced sterilization, and even exterminating those she deemed “weak” and “inferior” were necessary to achieve “a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed Nordic race.
Sanger's evangelistic zeal for eugenics made her an accessory to the Nazi murders of six million Jews in WWII. The American eugenics movement spawned Adolph Hitler and inspired his genocidal crusade to rid the world of Jews! “Der Fuehrer” once proudly told his comrades that he had “studied [the American eugenics movement] with great interest.” Hitler even sent fan mail to American eugenics leader Madison Grant, calling his racist eugenics book, "The Passing of the Great Race," his “bible.”
Several black pastors have sent a letter to the National Portrait Gallery, asking that the bust and likenesses of Margaret Sanger be removed from NPG exhibits. Please stand with these pastors to ensure that Margaret Sanger is NOT honored in the National Portrait Gallery's "Struggle for Justice" exhibit!
The following are a few of Sanger's racist statements that should remove any doubt as to her diabolical views and intent:
- In her book Woman and the New Race, Sanger wrote: "[We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring."
- In a December 13, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble in which she described her vision for the notorious Negro Project, Sanger wrote, "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal ... We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
- In Pivot of Civilization, there is no ambiguity in Sanger's views toward immigrants, the poor, and the folly of philanthropy: "They are...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born ... Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease...Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks [of people] that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant."
- On page 366 of her autobiography, Sanger describes the elation she felt after receiving multiple invitations to speak to white supremacy groups: "I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan ... I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses ... I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak ... In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered."
- In the April 1932 edition of Birth Control Review, Sanger argued that "Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."
Do these sound like the sayings of someone who is struggling for justice?" Margaret Sanger was a champion of racist and evil policies, not justice!
In their letter to the National Portrait Gallery, Ministers Taking a Stand (MTS) points out that "Sanger's bust is featured in the NPG's 'Struggle for Justice' exhibit, alongside two of America's most celebrated and authentic champions of equal rights - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks. If Sanger had her way, MLK and Rosa Parks would not have been born."
The letter goes on to ask, "How can a person like Sanger, who found common cause with the racial agenda of the Ku Klux Klan ('KKK'), be ranked among activists for 'justice?' She was a purveyor of grave injustice against the most vulnerable."
Send a letter to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery to show that you STAND WITH these pastors in demanding that Sanger's likeness be promptly removed from the "Struggle for Justice" exhibit!
Sign this petition now!
Petition to: National Portrait Gallery (NPG)