Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood was Racist and a Eugenicist

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    May 08, 2014 10:57 PM GMT
    When it comes to policy, I'm pro-choice until the last trimester but I find this to be truly disturbing...

    GROSSU: Margaret Sanger, racist eugenicist extraordinaire
    The founder of Planned Parenthood would have considered many Americans unworthy of life

    Sanger shaped the eugenics movement in America and beyond in the 1930s and 1940s. Her views and those of her peers in the movement contributed to compulsory sterilization laws in 30 U.S. states that resulted in more than 60,000 sterilizations of vulnerable people, including people she considered “feeble-minded,” “idiots” and “morons.”

    She even presented at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1926 in Silver Lake, N.J. She recounted this event in her autobiography: “I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan … I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses … I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak … In the end, through simpleillustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered” (Margaret Sanger, “An Autobiography,” Page 366). That she generated enthusiasm among some of America’s leading racists says something about the content and tone of her remarks.

    In a letter to Clarence Gable in 1939, Sanger wrote: “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” (Margaret Sanger commenting on the ‘Negro Project’ in a letter to Gamble, Dec. 10, 1939).

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    Can organizations be separated from their founders? It's particularly topical given the views of some CEOs that activists have wanted to boycott.

    This also potentially becomes an election issue given Hillary Clinton's high praise for Sanger in the past:
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    May 08, 2014 11:16 PM GMT
    Doing a bit of research, didn't realize she was such a polarizing figure even before: