Margaret Sanger was a nasty person, a eugenicist, a racist, and an all-around unpleasant human being. Even Planned Parenthood finally faced this fact which is why Planned Parenthood in NY disavowed Sanger two years ago over her eugenics advocacy and removed her name from their building. It’s also why Planned Parenthood also stopped giving out an annual Margaret Sanger Award after 2015.
In other words, unlike the GOP and the MAGA cult’s perpetual struggle to avoid facing up to a racist past (and present), they did the right thing.
But here’s the thing: as nasty and unpleasant and racist as Margaret Sanger was, she did not–despite all lies told about her by the “prolife” movement–support abortion. She, in fact, opposed abortion:
Why then is she so constantly vilified?
Because lying about abortion is a fantastic way of also lying about MAGA support for racism. In short, it is a classic method for using the unborn as human shields for deeply beloved conservative evil. To wit, this classic sample of “prolife” racist rhetoric from a larval MAGA voter in Indiana from 2015:
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but being called a racist can destroy your life. Ironically, many who accuse conservatives of being racists are truly racist because of what they believe and do.
Margaret Sanger supported abortion to prevent “unacceptable” races of reproducing. One of those races were blacks. How can you believe all black lives matter if you don’t want to prevent black women from having abortions? More black lives have been exterminated in the womb than were murdered since the evil days of slavery. Obama supports continuation of the extermination and believed as an Illinois state senator that babies that survived abortions should be allowed to die. As governor of Missouri, John Ashcroft believed in sparing babies that Obama believed should die.
If a president reduced black unemployment and increased their average income, shouldn’t he be praised? Shouldn’t blacks condemn a president who increases black unemployment and decreases average income? Why do liberals attack Reagan who helped blacks and praise Obama who hurt blacks? Maybe these librals are anti-black racists.
Many opposed our invasion of Iraq, which brought freedom and civil rights for females. Many rejoiced when Obama pulled our troops out of Iraq, which allowed ISIS to fill the power vacuum and steal civil rights from females. Maybe groups like Code Pink hate Iraqis.
Blacks were constitutionally given their civil rights more than 140 years ago, southern Democrats stole them away less than a generation later. Blacks won back their civil rights but are told they are still bad off and ironically need racist Democrats to help them.
Plantation owners said slaves couldn’t take care of themselves. Neoplatonists in the Democrat party believe the descendants of those slaves still can’t take care of themselves. Blacks are often considered inferior to whites and need lower standards to get ahead. Neoplatonists inflict blacks with horrible schools, bad job choices and poor living conditions. Black athletes succeed due to merit and not due to quotas.
Self-reliance is not a racist belief. Black Muslims believed this a generation ago. I defended a Black Muslim against verbal attacks who believes this. Black Republicans aren’t insane as Neoplatonists believe. Neoplatonists seem to support black voter fraud by saying they shouldn’t need a picture ID, which allows them to vote multiple times.
Racism is bad. But getting away with racism and being praised for your actions and beliefs because they’re not considered racist is unforgivable.
It’s the whole package. “I’m not racist! Babykiller Sanger was racist! And besides, black just need to learn self-reliance. Also, ignore 150 years of history and pretend the GOP Southern Strategy never happened and the GOP is not the new Party of Jim Crow and Voter Suppression and that the loudest champion of eugenics in American politics is not this guy, right down to imitating Sanger’s ‘breed a race of thoroughbreds’ rhetoric”:
The point is simply this: when you try to correct MAGA Christians on this elementary point, you will often get not “Thanks for the accurate information” but “Why are you not clinging to believing and saying the worst you can about Sanger, even if it’s a lie? She one of Them! They must be defeated at all costs, even if it means lying about Them!”
To that, I say two things:
“God does not need your lie.” – St. Augustine
“Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything — God and our friends and ourselves included — as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.” – C.S. Lewis