Gloria Steinem on Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

“I Hope this is Retroactive in Honoring the Work of Margaret Sanger”

You know, that noble paladin of freedom who spent years warning against the growth of “human weeds,” who, speaking to Ku Klux Klan rallies, opined that the “aboriginal Australian” was “the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development,” and who warned the New York legislature that

The Jewish people and Italian families who are filling the insane asylums, who are filling our feeble-minded institutions, these are the ones the tax payers have to pay for the upkeep of, and they are increasing the budget of the State, the enormous expense of the State is increasing because of the multiplication of the unfit in this country and in the State.

Also, as the champion of freedom, Margaret Sanger dreamed of establishing a vast American concentration camp for “morons, mental defectives, epileptics . . . illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, [and] dope-fiends.” In all, she wanted to imprison forcibly about one-seventh of the entire American population. Needless to say, she was an enthusiastic supporter of the pioneering eugenics done by doctors of the Third Reich. A decade before the dawn of the Third Reich, her Birth Control Review ran a motto in its December 1921 issue that summed up a philosophy destined to be warmly received by her colleagues in Hitler’s scientific elite: “Birth Control: To Create a Race of Thoroughbreds!”

The Medal of Freedom means as much as the Nobel Peace Prize.

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