Much of the national conversation from the past year has been centered around racism. From the riots in Ferguson, the church massacre in South Carolina, to the removal of the Confederate flag from public buildings, race has become a central issue again in America.
In light of the horrendous actions that planned parenthood has engaged in, a group of pastors are shining a light upon the deeply racist origins of the foundation and calling for the swift removal of all racist memorabilia associated with it’s legacy.
According to this recent Blaze article, a group called Ministers Taking A Stand (MTS) wrote a letter that calls for the removal of a bust of the founder of planned parenthood, Margaret Sanger, from the Smithsonian Institute’s national gallery. “We will not remain silent while the National Portrait Gallery venerates someone who sought to eradicate our very existence. Ms. Sanger was a racist, elitist, and her beliefs led to massive destruction of unborn human life. She was no hero.”
The letter was written and signed by 10 black pastors imploring the Smithsonian to remove the bust from public display.
“We are writing to ask that Margaret Sanger’s likeness be removed from all National Portrait Gallery exhibits. Her bust should not be part of the Gallery’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, which honors "great achievements...striking down long-standing segregationist practices and discrimination in American society.” Ms. Sanger may have been a lot of things, but a “champion of justice” she definitely was not.”
The letter continues by showcasing the vile nature and extent of Margaret Sanger’s hatred towards the black community.
“Perhaps the Gallery is unaware that Ms. Sanger supported black eugenics, a racist attitude toward black and other minority babies; an elitist attitude toward those she regarded as “the feeble minded;" speaking at rallies of Ku Klux Klan women; and communications with Hitler sympathizers. Also, the notorious “Negro Project” which sought to limit, if not eliminate, black births, was her brainchild. Despite these well- documented facts of history, her bust sits proudly in your gallery as a hero of justice. The obvious incongruity is staggering!”
The heartfelt letter from the pastors also brings to light that the bust of Margaret Sanger is featured in the very same room as the busts of Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks, two people whom “if Sanger had her way, MLK and Rosa Parks would not have been born”.
Clearly an institution as steeped in history as the Smithsonian is, they would know the background and history of a person they intend to portray as a champion of justice. But in case they didn’t do their research, the pastors quoted directly from one of Sanger’s letters that she wrote in 1939, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
The scandal and outrage that has surrounded planned parenthood in the recent month has invigorated people to take a real hard look at their values as well as expose the organization and their leader for what they really are. The 10 pastors are representatives of a larger organization of the faithful and have vowed to fight against the oppression of Margaret Sanger’s legacy.
“This letter is the first in a series of actions MINISTERS TAKING A STAND (“MTS”) will be taking to expose the evil of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. We demand that all images, statues, busts and likenesses, of any kind, of Margaret Sanger, be removed. Notwithstanding the fact that many of us are black, we are a national organization of pastors from various races and backgrounds, and we stand together in opposition to the racist and genocidal legacy of Margaret Sanger.”
Read the full letter here.