Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) recently tried in vain to address an unruly mob at a Black Lives Matter rally. His comment, “Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter,” probably seemed a reasonable and safe statement that all could find agreeable, but it got him booed and heckled by that assembly to the point he could not continue. In a stunning act of political cowardice, he later apologized for adding the latter two parts. Not all lives mattered to that audience.
Do Black lives matter?
The story I am about to tell is shocking, but it happened and is still happening in America. You may have heard this story before, but it bears repeating in case someone has not heard it yet. It is part of history. Numerous attempts are being made to rewrite or whitewash history, but you can’t really change it.
An American woman (a registered nurse) decided that this country should produce a superior race of people. In order to do so, she believed some classes of people needed to be weeded out. Specifically, she sought to reduce the number of people in American society that she considered feebleminded, physically weak, and morally and genetically inferior. She included the black race among those she wanted to reduce and eliminate from America.
This line of thinking is called eugenics. It is sometimes described as a sort of social Darwinism, referring to natural selection and “survival of the fittest.” This woman started an organization and wrote a book in which she said that the genetic makeup of the poor and of minorities was inferior, and should be eliminated from the gene pool. She said that minorities and immigrants were "...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born."
Do Black lives matter?
She devised a plan. She and her organization would spread birth control specifically to the minorities that she saw as the dead wood of society. She gained the admiration of women everywhere and was perceived as a champion of women’s right to birth control. As she said, “Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defective.”
She garnered support from wealthy elites of her day, including the prestigious Rockefeller institute, to fund her “Negro Project,” which among other things, aimed to recruit black clergy, including Adam Clayton Powell, Sr, and W.E.B. DuBois, founder of the NAACP, to help her spread the gospel of negative eugenics. She earned the praise of Martin Luther King, Jr., who later was recognized with the highest award her organization had to give. She herself wanted to be instrumental in the training of respected black clergy so that the message came out right. As she put it, "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population," she said, "if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." Did she mean that she did not want to exterminate all Blacks in America, or did she mean that she did not want the word to get out?
She would sell her idea to black clergy as a way to achieve economic freedom by limiting the size of families. The fewer mouths there are to feed, she would argue, the more money there is for other things to enjoy. This sounds almost plausible. Then she said, "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Although she had children, she hated being a mother and abandoned her children for the sake of her cause. One of those died of pneumonia.
Do Black lives matter?
She lobbied the United States Senate to create the so-called “Population Congress” to apply eugenics not only in immigration policy, but to force segregation among those minorities and immigrants already in the US. She sought to “…apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted…to apportion farm lands and homesteads for these segregated persons where they would be…for the period of their entire lives.” Apparently, her thinking was that “undesirables” could be separated into concentration camps, and with birth control or sterilization, they would die out, leaving the country a stronger place for their absence.
Do Black lives matter?
Margaret Sanger, the eugenicist who wanted to limit and control the population of the black race, and her legacy organization, Planned Parenthood, have garnered the unwavering support of the Democrat party. This relationship is close and friendly, as Planned Parenthood has donated over $25 million to the Democrat party in last 15 years and an additional $12 million on other lobbying efforts. Hillary Clinton, the Democrat favorite for the Presidency, and Bernie Sanders, the Socialist who challenges her, have reaffirmed steadfast support for Planned Parenthood despite the recent videos you may have seen on the news or internet.
Planned Parenthood does an abortion every 90 seconds, 327,653 last year, disproportionately minorities. Sanger’s plan is intact, still being implemented.
Planned Parenthood receives roughly $500 million each year in tax support at the behest of the Democrat party. A Senate attempts to defund Planned Parenthood failed by a vote of 53 – 46 (required 60 votes). Among the 46 who voted against the proposition were the recipients of $884,574 in Planned Parenthood contributions last year alone.
Recent revelations show that they are selling fetal body parts, and even whole fetuses, for profit. Planned Parenthood continues the eugenic policy of its founder by targeting minorities. According to Protecting Black, and organization that watches these things, 79% of Planned Parenthood clinics are strategically placed in minority neighborhoods within walking distance of black and Hispanic women.
The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC has a National Portrait Gallery with a bust of Margaret Sanger in the “Struggle for Justice” exhibit. A group of black pastors has written the curator asking that it be removed, stating “Perhaps the Gallery is unaware that Ms. Sanger supported black eugenics, a racist attitude toward black and other minority babies, an elitist attitude toward those she regarded as the ‘feebleminded…’” The letter goes on to cite Margaret Sanger’s speaking at a rally of the Ku Klux Klan women and communications with Hitler sympathizers.
I am simply amazed and aghast that a radical racist who wanted to eradicate a piece of America that she considered inferior is supported by our tax money, vigorously defended by the Democrat party, and memorialized in our national Museum. Do people not read history?
And so I have to ask again: do black lives matter?