Where’s the truth about ‘honoree’ Margaret Sanger?

Aug 12, 2015 by

A group comprising mostly black pastors has made a strong request to the Smithsonian Institution regarding a display honoring Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and supporter of black eugenics.

Margaret Sanger bustThe Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery prominently displays a bust of Sanger (right) in “The Struggle for Justice” exhibit. The exhibit features other notables such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver.

But Bishop E.W. Jackson, who heads S.T.A.N.D. as well as Ministers Taking a Stand, is objecting to Sanger’s inclusion in the gallery.

“It depicts her as a hero of justice – and of racial justice,” he explains. “I mean, she’s associated somehow with Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks – and the implication is that she’s been some sort of champion for racial justice in America and somebody who Americans in general, and black Americans in particular, ought to support or admire. And nothing could be further from the truth.”

The truth, says Jackson, is that Sanger supported elimination of minorities that she regarded as “the feeble-minded,” communicated with Nazi sympathizers and supporters of eugenics, and spoke at a rally of Ku Klux Klan women.

Jackson, Bishop E.W. (S.T.A.N.D.)“Look, if they want to depict her in a hall of the infamous, then okay, they can do that. If they want to put her there with Hitler with other infamous, evil characters, okay, fine. We’ll accept that,” he says. “But as a hero? No. She should either be removed or her real legacy depicted accurately.”

According to the exhibit’s website, the inscription that appears with the bust acknowledges Sanger led a “life of controversy” that included her “association with the eugenics movement.” However, it also notes that while her “crusade [against laws forbidding dissemination of contraceptive information] had much opposition,” it eventually won adherents “in respectable quarters.”

Jackson’s group has written the Smithsonian asking that the bust be removed. He urges Americans to sign an online petition to support the effort.

 

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