The Smithsonian Museum, facing strong opposition by African-American pastors, has placed a bust celebrating a genocidal hero of the left as a “Hero of Justice”. In an obvious effort to rewrite history, the Smithsonian has glossed-over the record of a monster. We need to revisit a dark time in American history for the reader to understand this column.
It’s baffling to imagine, in 2015, that well less than a century ago the Eugenics Movement was popular in the United States. For most readers, even the concept of eugenics is hard to fathom. For the uninitiated, eugenics is a blend Darwinist science and social engineering that called for the extermination of so-called “inferior” human beings by means of abortion, sterilization and even mass-murder. In a recent Listverse.org article on eugenics, the Debra Kelly writes,
“The American Eugenics Society was an organization that began in the United States in the early 1900s. Its mission included not just segregation, but a racial cleansing and the establishment of a strong, pure race untainted by the blood of those that were deemed lesser, whether by race or by disability.”*
The Eugenics society was once a powerful movement. Alexander Graham Bell was a member, advocating sterilization of deaf people. California actively castrated prisoners and the mentally ill. Across the U.S., the eugenics movement was effective at passing laws, sterilizing minority races and people with disabilities, and forbidding marriage licenses between Caucasians and non-Caucasians. The state Virginia Archives records one of the more famous laws,
“”Color is the most important feature of this form of registration,” according to the directions, and “the local registrar must be sure there is no trace of colored blood in anyone offering to register as a white person.” Headed by Walter A. Plecker, the Bureau of Vital Statistics attempted to patrol the racial borders and enforce the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which deemed anyone with a single drop of non-white blood as being black.”**
The American Eugenics Society actively popularized genocide. Of course, after the fall of Nazi Germany and the Civil Rights Movement, the vast majority of the eugenics movement died, was discredited or went underground. Still, one glaringly obvious relic of the eugenics movement remains.
Let’s direct our attention with a quote that should infuriate. The hubris and audacity of its author should relegate him or her to the septic tank of human history. When you discover that this person is being celebrated as a hero of justice, you may just protest, write blogs, and write congress or other expressions of disgust. Here is the quote:
“Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks [people] that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant … We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.“***
That key figure in the eugenics movement, a movement bent on exterminating non-white human beings, Margaret Sanger did something about her convictions. She founded Planned Parenthood. She created what would become a cleverly-disguised organized network of eugenics clinics, almost 80% of which are located in poor, minority neighborhoods. Whether you are pro-life, or pro-abortion, in terms of achieving the goals of the eugenics movement, Sanger has eclipsed Adolf Hitler many times over.
Statistics can gauge the effectiveness of motives and their subsequent actions. Adolf Hitler pursued a “master race” and extolled the virtues of Nietzsche’s “Ubermensch”; the perfect (white) human specimen. While Hitler was struggling through a failed coup attempt and subsequent imprisonment in Germany, Sanger was well on her way to accomplishing monumental change in the name of eugenics. It is worth noting that in an effort to purify Germany and her captured countries during WWII, Hitler was responsible for the extermination 6-million people. Sanger’s Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics have killed approximately 58-million people. Sanger is the most successful eugenicist in history.
As if the wholesale slaughter of unborn babies wasn’t horrific enough, the effects of Sanger’s famous eugenic motives are mind-numbingly astounding. In the USA, African Americans make up approximately 13% of the population, yet account for over 35% of abortions. The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Alveda King, states:
“Right now in America almost half of our babies are being killed in the womb, and in certain parts of America more of our babies are being aborted than being born. While we were marching in the sixties, a place was being prepared for us at Planned Parenthood. We were trying to get off the back of the bus, and they were going to have a space for us in the front of the abortion mill.”****
Politicians and other advocates of abortion are responsible for more than keeping Planned Parenthood alive. They are actively engaged in rewriting history. While trying to reinvent the image of Planned Parenthood, they are fighting with all their might to keep funding the abortion mills with U.S. taxpayer dollars. If you are an American reading this, part of what comes out of your paycheck is going to pay for eugenic extermination. Pro-abortion advocates would cry foul for “emotional rhetoric”, but the numbers prove a eugenic outcome to be a statistical fact.
The group of black pastors from nine states, calling themselves Ministers Taking a Stand, sent a letter to the Smithsonian demanding that the museum remove the bust of Margaret Sanger. Bishop E.W. Jackson, founder of Exodus Faith Ministries in Chesapeake, Virginia, led the group in calling for the Smithsonian to recognize Sanger’s attendance at KKK rallies and correspondence with Nazi Party members. Twitter users protested, articles have been written across the journalism landscape. Still, the museum stood by keeping the bust, and celebrating the eugenicist hero of the left.
The Christian take-away from this is that we can still love our enemies and stand up for what is right at the same time. As Christians, we have a duty to serve people, especially the poor, immigrants, the disabled and those who are suffering. Taking up the cause of truth when faced with the evil of rewriting a historical monster into a hero for justice is also our duty.
Psalm 82:3-4 (NLT)
“Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.”
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLT)
There are six things the LORD hates— no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.
**Humanities, Virginia Foundation for the. “Instructions on Preserving Racial Integrity.” EncyclopediaVirginia.Org. 8 18, 2015. http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/media_player?mets_filename=evm00001754mets.xml (accessed 8 18, 2015).
*Kelly, Debra. “10 Horrifying Facts About American Eugenics.” listverse.com. 2 5, 2014. http://listverse.com/2014/02/05/10-things-youve-never-heard-about-american-eugenics/ (accessed 8 18, 2015).
***Sanger, Margaret. The Pivot of Civilization. Gloucestershire, UK: Dodo Press, 1922.
****Zagorski, Sarah. “Alveda King: While We Marched in the Sixties, Planned Parenthood Was Preparing Us a Place.” lifenews.com. 7 4, 2014. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/07/04/alveda-king-while-we-marched-in-the-sixties-planned-parenthood-was-preparing-us-a-place/ (accessed 8 18, 2015).
Author’s Postscript: Planned Parenthood famously claims that abortion is only 3% of their “activities”. This was recently debunked as untrue by the Washington Post. The following graphic describes how they account for their activities.
NOTE TO COMMENTERS
This article is focused on the Sanger bust in the Smithsonian and Eugenics. If you would like to comment about abortion, please address your comments on my previous posting