My Liberal Professor Said Eugenicist Margaret Sanger Was A Hero

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Friday, February 14, 2020


My first semester in college I took a post-Civil War history class taught by a very liberal professor. At this point in my college career, I’m used to most, if not all, of my teachers being Democrats. It’s not politically correct to be a conservative educator these days nor are openly conservative students welcomed in the classroom.

One day in class during a lecture on the history of pro-women, feminist organizations, we talked about the most successful of the providers: The American Birth Control League. You may know it by its current name, Planned Parenthood. The founder of Planned Parenthood was a white supremacist and racial eugenicist. This, strangely, meant nothing to my liberal history professor.

The ABL was founded in 1921 by Margaret Sanger. She was an activist who championed contraception for women and the Ku Klux Klan. Sanger was a keynote speaker at a women’s KKK event to speak about her eugenics. She was also closely associated with Lothrop Stoddard, a KKK member, and Nazi sympathizer. Together they helped create the ABL. They supported sterilization legislation that would reduce the “underclass.” They considered this class to be black people, immigrants, and all those considered “undesirable” by the rich, white elites. 

“We do not want 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,” is one of Sanger’s most damning quotes. Recall this quote when people put Planned Parenthood on a pedestal. What she and Stoddard were doing was sinister, and unfortunately, widely successful. In 2013, more black babies were aborted in New York than born.

I knew all of this information prior to the class discussion. I had no choice but to raise my hand when the professor referred to Sanger as a “champion for poor and black women.” I challenged that like with a simple claim: Margaret Sanger was a racial eugenicist. Of course, that was quickly shut down. 

“That’s right-wing propaganda,” said the so-called educator said. That was it. End of discussion. No rebuttal, no facts, not offer to speak on it further. Just a flustered, emotionally-charged dismissal of commonly-known and verifiable facts. I felt embarrassed in front of my class. No one else had an objection to the spiel about the American Birth Control League being heroes in the black community. Everyone just believed it; everyone but me.

There is no doubt in my mind that Margaret Sanger deliberately pushed abortions on underprivileged communities with the goal of racial purity in mind. Not a single one. 

Once you look at who she was associated with, who she let be on her board, what she said about her goals, you know what she was feeling in her cold heart. Margaret Sanger was not a hero. She was a racist, classist woman with a propaganda machine at her disposal for generations after her death.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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