Black Pastors Demand Removal of Sanger Bust from Smithsonian

Black Pastors Demand Removal of Sanger Bust from Smithsonian August 27, 2015

What fun to watch Lefties try to defend the old racist and whitesplain to these guys that she’s a hero–just like, y’know, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

She should no more be honored by the state than a Confederate flag should be flying over a state house.

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  • Re Ja

    LOL. PP and abortion vs black lives matter. There’s another culture war skirmish about to heat up. How will the media spin their loyalties on this one? How will they decide who the bad guy is going to be?

    They could always go full-ISIS on the bust I suppose ;- P

  • islandbrewer

    For these reasons we are natural allies of those who seek to inject any form of planning in our society that enriches life and guarantees the right to exist in freedom and dignity.

    For these constructive movements we are prepared to give our energies and consistent support; because in the need for family planning, Negro and white have a common bond; and together we can and should unite our strength for the wise preservation, not of races in general, but of the one race we all constitute – the human race.

    – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., upon his acceptance of the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood (emphasis added)

    Dear Mr. Canfield:

    Words are inadequate for me to say how honored I was to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award. This award will remain among my most cherished possessions. While I cannot claim to be worthy of such a signal honor, I can assure you that I accept it with deep humility and sincere gratitude. Such a wonderful expression of support is of inestimable value for the continuance of my humble efforts.

    Again let me say how much I regret that at the last minute urgent developments in the civil rights movement made it impossible for me to be in Washington to personally receive the award. My wife brought glowing echoes of the wonderful reception and impressiveness of the total occasion.

    I am happy to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award and I can assure you that this distinct honor will cause me to work even harder for a reign of justice and a rule of love all over our nation.

    Sincerely yours,
    Martin Luther King Jr.

    -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • Re Ja

      Pulled from a PP website. You’re one of the internet minions charged with proselytizeing right? Did Cecile send you an ugent e-mail this morning?

      Isn’t posting cherry picked quotes kind of like posting edited videos?

    • kenofken

      It is damned inconvenient when minorities fail to conform to the political script you prepared for them posthumously to support your own agendas. There’s something especially cynical about white guys who try to call out racism by “getting offended for” black folks because they couldn’t possibly understand what was really going on in their own world at the time…

      • islandbrewer

        Not at all. I have no political script. I’m not white either, but thanks for that assumption, buddy! (Maybe you were projecting?) I really don’t understand why folks think black anti-choice people should bug me any more than white ones – black people are just as easily taken in by crap as white people. What sort of dilemma is this supposed to cause for me, now? Do people here really think “lefties” are freaking out over this? Seriously?

        Folks here appear to be tilting at some sort of strawman “leftie”. the black pastors in question are typical anti-choice advocates who have bought into the “Sanger was a racist” meme that they so love. They’d likely also quote the outrageous fake Sanger quotes that people here love, too. (, the quotes they love will be found under “Misattributed”).

        (Edited to remove foot slightly out of mouth. The toes are especially juicy today.)

        • kenofken

          I was actually supporting your point.

          • islandbrewer

            Well! Teach me to raise my defensive hackles pre-emptively! Now that I read your comment without the squint of peering at what I was expecting from the Patheosi Catholic channel, that is a good comment. *sigh*

            *Writes note: “Read comments without assumptions of position next time.”*

            My apologies.

            • kenofken

              No worries. Apparently I don’t do my clearest writing at the time of sleep onset 🙂 I knew who I meant with the word “you” at the time, so I assumed everyone else in the world would as well…

  • Dave G.

    But on the other hand, this is history. This is a museum. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting a bit nervous about the growing popularity of ‘we declare that evil/hateful and demand it be banished from the public forum.’

    • Mariana Baca

      Museums curate, however– that is their entire purpose and reason for existing — they don’t just include all of history willy nilly. Where and how a piece is presented matters more than the piece itself. Margaret Sanger’s bust might belong in an exhibit for abortion rights, but probably not for the black civil rights movement exhibit.

      • Joseph

        Right, they could simply move her bust into the same room as Hilter and Stalin and maybe next to a display of the KKK. Problem solved. Her bust remains.

      • Dave G.

        Of course. I’m not talking about people making decisions based on such reflections and studies. I’m talking about the growing itch we have for simply declaring things to be hateful, offensive, and therefore worthy of eradication from the public: which have included the Confederate Flag, the American Flag, the Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers, anything to do with the Confederacy, and, of course, the film The Passion of the Christ, and the Cross and Gospels that were said to be symbols of oppression and hate about a decade ago (a little dose of memory lest we forget). See my point?

        • Mariana Baca

          Some of those are not like the others. i do think we have a duty to speak out against the glorification of evil in the public square.

    • kenofken

      If we’re going to scrub the Smithsonian and other museums of anything which could be perceived as honoring racists, Margaret Sanger is not even the tip of the iceberg. She is one facet of one ice crystal on the tip of the iceberg. We’d better just pack away any depiction of prominent Americans from, oh, before the late 1990s. Sanger’s ideas on eugenics are odious to us, as they should be. They were squarely within the mainstream of scientific and political thought of Sanger’s time. In fact the timeline of Sanger’s life and career overlaps almost perfectly with the rise and fall of eugenics in science and public policy. Sanger’s embrace of selective breeding was in no way an anomaly at the time, and it was not some deep secret known only to some inner cabal of white progressives. Her ideas on the matter were so mainstream as to be virtually without controversy. They were also widely accepted by black intellectuals and academics of the day.
      If admiring any part of a flawed historical person’s work or even acknowledging the weight of their accomplishments is tantamount to flying the Confederate battle flag, we better tear down all of the statues of Abe Lincoln, and certainly anything to do with Henry Ford. He was Nazism’s pitch man and publicist in the English speaking world.

      Henry Ford was quite literally, in the celebrity and pen-pal terms of engagement, Adolf Hitler’s buddy. This isn’t damnation by inference: Hitler kept Hank’s portrait near his desk, gave him props in Mein Kampf, awarded him the Grand Cross of the German Eagle. True freakin bromance. Can we even acknowledge Ford’s giant impact on manufacturing and business management and labor practices, or would that be an unconditional endorsement of anti-Semitism and race/eugenics ideals Henry Ford personally supported.?

      If the pro-life side has any solid and persuasive argument for their position, they shouldn’t need to resort to cheesy revisionist hit jobs on historical figures

  • bob

    How sad Dr King was so involved. Of course this was before 1974 so the abortion lawscwere still in place, too bad he didn’t realize how racist Sanger was.

    • kenofken

      Yeah, MLK couldn’t possibly have know what’s what without the guidance of the white majority 21st Century conservative establishment. Nobody had a blind spot for racism like poor old Dr. King. It’s a wonder sometimes that he even figured out Ross Barnett….