Margaret Sanger and the Klan

Why would Sanger accept an invitation to address the Klan?  Perhaps a more interesting question is why would the Klan want to hear her speak?  Her Negro Project demonstrates why.

Sanger was always willing to give a forum to the most racist members of the eugenics movement in America.  Perhaps she unintentionally revealed her ultimate goal regarding “unfit” blacks in a letter in 1939:

“[We propose to] 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. And 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.”

  • Commenting on the ‘Negro Project’ in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, December 10, 1939. – Sanger manuscripts, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College.

To Sanger of course men and women were not fellow children of God but rather the fit, people like Sanger I suppose, and the unfit, those who did not meet Sanger’s criteria to be considered fit.

Following World War 2, and the association of eugenics with the defeated Third Reich in the mind of the public, Sanger and Planned Parenthood did their best to hide her support for eugenics, as detailed by Stephen Mosher here.  However, it is the philosophy of Sanger, that some humans are better off never off never having been born, which led to Planned Parenthood embracing the “solution” of abortion.  Once we view innocent humans as a problem the end result will always be mass death.

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