On Thursday, a group of conservatives, pro-life activists, and black pastors rallied Thursday to demand from the Smithsonian Institute-run National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC the removal from public display of the bust of Planned Parenthood’s controversial founder Margaret Sanger.
The rally comes a week after the institute received a letter from 10 pastors, demanding the removal from the gallery of the bust. This week’s rally was set in place by a group of conservatives named ForAmerica and Bishop E.W. Jackson.
Pastors who spoke at the rally explained that Ms. Sanger was not speaking on behalf of women when she touted birth control rights. Instead she was doing it in the name of eugenics, a social doctrine embraced by WW2 Nazis who sought to sterilize and eliminate from their nation’s genetic pool “inferior races.”
According to pastors, Ms. Sanger who used “Negro” to refer to black people had plans to wipe out the African American population in America two decades before Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Pastors also claim that the activist began her career by promoting sterilization and abortions among black population, and the KKK members adored her. ‘More children from the fit, less from the unfit’ was Ms. Sanger’s battle cry.
She also caused pastors’ outrage because she saw black people and people considered unfit to breed as “human waste.” Rally protesters said that it was unfit from the Gallery to allow the woman’s bust to sit in the same place with civil rights activists such as MLK and Rosa Parks.
The pastors also said that trying to honor Ms. Sanger was a slap “in the face” to black America. Rev. Johnny Hunter even called her a “white supremacist” who should not share the same room with prominent civil rights activists.
The National Portrait Gallery’s head Kim Sajet said last week that Ms. Sanger was worthy of her place in the gallery because she made it possible for poor families to have access to affordable birth control.
But black pastors remained adamant in their decision. They said that Ms. Sanger’s legacy continues to this day through Planned Parenthood since 36 percent of aborted babies in PP clinics were African Americans, while 21 percent were Latinos.
Rally participants even cited some studies that U.S. black population is on decline because not enough children are born to compensate for the ones that are being killed through abortion.
Reverend Jackson likened Planned Parenthood’s founder to Hitler for being a die-hard eugenicist and racist and urged the institute to stop using taxpayer money on promoting her and, indirectly, her ideas.
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