Planned Parenthood, Margret Sanger, War on A Black Woman’s Womb, Racism, Eugenics and Tact. This post will talk about the correlation between all of these topics:
I. Tact, & Why You Should NEVER come for me.
II. Planned Parenthood, Margret Sanger, Demonizing The Black Womb, Racism & Eugenics
III. Where do we go from here?
The concept of Planned Parenthood is valuable. The idea that women can have the resource to aid them in partaking in safe sex, be it their choice to use those resources, while also providing testing for STDs and STIs is extremely necessary. But for black women, a program such as Planned Parenthood should be planned, strategized and implemented by black women FOR black women. White women do not and can not possibly fully identify the needs and experiences of any black woman. The history of PP is sketchy and almost haunting within itself. It’s so much more than the multitude of people parading around supporting the organization. PP has roots that delve deep into eugenics, racism and organized genocide.
I. On Tact
I began to do a little more research on the most recent Planned Parenthood scandal after a post I made on Instagram rubbed a few people the wrong way.
After posting a photo saying that “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” (before I found out about the latest incident), I was greeted with some push back. What’s next is a pretty heated Instagram exchange that I had when an angry, bitter single mother slimed her way onto my page in an effort to shut me up. She brings up the name of Margret Sanger, the racist eugenicist who founded Planned Parenthood. After I told the girl that I’d heard of Margret Sanger and eugenics, she couldn’t BELIEVE that I would dare say I stand with Planned Parenthood. She pretty much begged me to not blog about things I was “unlearned” about. Against her wishes, I’m here today but with much more research. The girl failed to realize that 1) I valued the information she gave me. Anyone can tell you, when it comes to me and knowledge- I have NO problem being dragged. I love being dragged when the person who drags me is about real sh*t. What I posted that day was not the Instagram girl’s truth, but it was/is mine. There are STILL aspects of PP that I feel are extremely necessary, especially in our community. It was clear that she has an immense amount of knowledge and wanted to have somewhere to dump it all. Truthfully, I appreciated her, but her delivery was all wrong and she was talking to the right person, the wrong way. I love being told that I am wrong but as I’ve said before 1) I’m not always right and 2) I don’t know everything, nor do I claim to know everything. Also, my blog is fact followed by opinion (unless it’s clearly an opinion or personal post.) Before I post anything, I read, make notes and plan. I realize that I am putting these messages out here for whoever may stumble upon them or better yet, my readers and whomever they decide to share them with. As a conscious member of the black community, I realize that education is lacking and any chance to educate must be cherish and taken seriously. It’s a gift to receive feedback, it’s a gift to be corrected. It’s amazing to unlearn problematic behavior and to dismantle Europeanized ways of thought. It’s liberating. I’ve been about building moments all while transforming myself. I want to get loose and liberated and I recognize that I can’t do that alone. My environment growing up provided me with a different view of PP than that of the lady I had the exchange with. I only saw what looked to be like voluntary resources that ultimately seemed to benefit the women who willingly went to local PP locations.
But don’t come for me.
(The blue is the lady from instagram and the green is a friend of mine that promptly joined in)
I deleted the posts because my followers began coming to attack the single mother that came for me but I did address the issue the next day with a post entitled, Tact
“Yesterday, I made a post in SUPPORT of planned parenthood. A few minutes later, a young lady wrote an unnecessarily long comment on my post about the history of planned parenthood & how if I supported that, then I MUST be stupid. Right? Wrong. Let’s talk about TACT & respect. One thing I know is that the more I learn, the more I realize that I have SO MUCH MORE to learn. But check this, I DONT KNOW EVERYTHING. I DONT CLAIM TO & I AM MORE THAN GRATEFUL TO ACCEPT KNOWLEDGE FROM ANYONE WHO LEGITIMATELY KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE SPEAKING ABOUT. I am not above correction. However, there’s a way you’re going to speak to me. If you think you’re going to talk to me as if you’re above me, save it. I’ll disregard your comments and come for your character. It’s better to say, “You should probably research…..” or DM me and say “………..” but don’t make it seem like you have the world ALL figured out and I’m dumb because I don’t have the same level of knowledge as you THINK you do. We all get this odd sense of courage on social media but just be respectful. Attacking someone’s overall intelligence is always the first move when they don’t agree with you. Why? Moral of the story: Don’t talk to me like you’re crazy… especially when the only chance you take to “educate” someone is when THEY post something.. If you’re so smart, start sharing info with YOUR followers and stop trying to discredit and belittle me in front of mine ✊🏾😊 PS: I’ll block you. I don’t know you mf’s in real life. Smh..I’ll never argue w/ a single mother on Instagram”
Now, onto the PP aspect.
II. On Planned Parenthood, Sanger’s Racism, & Eugenics
On the surface, Margret Sanger is regarded as a strong feminist who fought hard for the legalization of birth control. Before doing in-depth research, I only knew of Sanger as the founder of PP and I only knew of eugenics in terms of the Holocaust and Hitler’s desire for an Arian race.
I came across a collection of her most “startling” quotes and was suddenly well aware of just who had founded such a seemingly helpful organization.
“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.” The fact that Margret Sanger was evident of the role religion, church and spirituality played in the daily lives of Black Americans shows that she was using a common attack but was strategic in her execution- ruthless, nonetheless.
The classic quote by Sanger, “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.” sums up her entire goal using 8 words. The mass genocide of an entire race via medicine.
Sanger was quoted while speaking on The Negro Project, a black eugenics program as saying that, “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.”
Eugenics is a set of beliefs and practices which aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population. It is a social philosophy advocating the improvement of human genetic traits through the promotion of higher rates of sexual reproduction for people with desired traits (positive eugenics), or reduced rates of sexual reproduction and sterilization of people with less-desired or undesired traits (negative eugenics), or both.
Sanger considered majority of American’s lives to be unworthy and was relentless in her work to demolish all traces of what she deemed “less than”
Sanger’s life story seems to be quite tragic in itself. An article by Lint Hatcher states that Sanger was raised a devout, caring Christian but eventually became of victim of her father’s emotional neglect and fueled that anger through drastic means. How tragic.
A popular photograph of Sanger was taken of her at a KKK Women’s Chapter in New Jersey, she’s standing above them as their black heels stand firm on the pavement. Sanger was a historical decepticon. Unbeknownst to many, she was one of four key players in the creation of the birth control pill. Her agenda was evil and has evolved throughout the years.
III. Where Do We Go From Here?
It is important to realize that in order to reach full self-sufficenicy and sustainability as a community, we must develop organizations and business of every type in every demographic. Black women deserve to have the choice to take birth control, continue pregnancies and seek out resources if that’s what they choose to do. However, we can not expect a company governed by anyone outside of our community to fully care for and understand our specific and unique needs. Now what I do believe needs to happen is that the promotion and awareness of herbal and natural methods of birth control be tested and utilized. Medicine is ultimately more detrimental than anything else.
- Abortion Services & Options Counseling
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Birth Control
- Breast Cancer Screenings
- Cervical Cancer Screenings
- Emergency Contraception- “The Morning After Pill”
- Essure (Female Sterilization)
- Hepatitis Vaccinations
- HIV Testing & Counseling
- HPV Vaccines
- Men’s Health Services
- PAP Smears & HPV Testing
- Pregnancy Testing
- Prostate Cancer Screenings
- STD Testing & Treatment
- Testicular Cancer Screening
- Urinary Tract Infection Testing & Treatment
- “Well Woman Exam”
- Yeast Infection Diagnosis & Treatment