Friday, March 28, 2008

Six Quotes Hint Why Marget Sanger Received "a dozen invitations" to speak at Ku Klux Klan Rallies

Margaret Sanger wrote about her Ku Klux Klan speech 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 simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered." (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366)

What did she say in her talk at the KKK Rally that led to twelve more invitations? Well, take a look at some of her past quotes:

1) "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the 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's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

2) "Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need ... We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock."

Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review.

3) "Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying ... demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism ... [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant ... We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all."

Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization, 1922. Chapter on "The Cruelty of Charity," pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library edition.

4) "The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."

Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

5) "Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."

Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

6) "Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.Margaret Sanger. "

The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.


Bret Ludwig said...

Stupid people shouldn't breed.

If they are under 85 IQ they should be sterilized.

Margaret Sanger was a good woman and should be admired, not libeled as you do.

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

All of the above comments should be deleted! Wastes of good comment box space, I say!

All of these quotes are so sad and horrible. I think the only thing good about MS is that she wasn't afraid to say what was really on her mind. She was a very HONEST woman. She was a horrible, sick, sad woman...but she was a good speaker and crowd motivator now, wasn't she?

T said...

The first poster would defend Margaret Sanger since she was the founder of the abortion provider Planned Parenthood which insures that Bret and other men do not have to be responsible for their sexual endeavors. Instead of paying child support for the next eighteen years, all he has to do is pay for the abortion.

Laura The Crazy Mama - Margaret Sanger’s words are poison. Although her thoughts are honest, they are evil and detrimental to various minorities in our society. There is nothing to laud here. Hitler was a good speaker, honest, and a crowd motivator. So do you admire him for saying what was on his mind? (I apologize if I have misread your post, but it looks like you give her a thumbs up for certain qualities you feel are commendable.)

I would love for Bret or Laura to have a few out of body experiences. These include:
1) humiliating and forced sterilization in the name of race purification or over population,
2) walking in the shoes of a black man who is to be lynched,
3) walking in the “shoes” of a Jew being gassed, and
4) as a fetus at 24 weeks gestation being cut and vacuumed from its mother’s womb and dilated cervix.

Maybe this would help you sympathize/empathize with other human beings and ditch the superior attitude, sense of entitlement, soft stance on hate, and over inflated ego.

Opinionated said...

Margaret Sanger wasn't all bad, and some f those quotes were taken OUT OF CONTEXT.
While she was wrong to want to weed out the black population, maybe she was right about the "stupid" people.
Believe me i am NOT saying any kind of people should be killed for being how they are, but child limitations maybe? or adoption! People DO NOT adopt enough. But a lot of Margaret Sanger's goals were to better the lives of women. Is that so bad?!
While some of your quotes were true to their word, some were REALLY out of context. Some of them even had words taken out of them!
I am sorry, but if you are going to state something, at least state the WHOLE TRUTH.

Opinionated said...

Also that quote from her book you have. Here's the whole paragraph:

"All the world over, in Penang and Skagway, in El Paso and Helsingfors, I have found women's psychology in the matter of child bearing essentially the same, no matter what class, religion or economic status. Always to me any aroused group was a good group, and therefore I accepted an invitation to talk to the woman's branch of the Ku Klux Klan at Silver Lake, New Jersey, one of the weirdest experiences I had in lecturing."

There you go. What's your opinion now?

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Anonymous said...

If one is so dumb as to think it would be o.k to "sterilize" people because they are bellow average intelligence then maybe we should take away their right to have children.
There are smart people in the world and their are dumb people. And it is all balanced nicely. The human species as a whole will NOT die out or be weakened because someone has an IQ under 85.

Regardless of IQ scores, it takes away the rights of individuals to tell them that because you don't think they're smart enough, they cant have kids...

Margaret Sanger was smart for fighting for Birth Control. But incredibly ignorant for supporting eugenics.

If you ask me, if were going to take away someone's right to have babies because they are under the average intelligence level, we should do the same to ignorant people as well.

Eugenics is a joke. It's ridiculous.
I feel sorry for anyone who thinks it would actually do some good. It's because of people like that, that racism is still around today- no matter how advanced we get as a society, intolerance will keep us divided. Until we start accepting people as human beings, without looking any further than that, we will never be prosperous. As a whole, we need each other.
Those who don't see that are blind to reality. Ignorance is a disease. Stop spreading it.

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Anonymous said...

Um...Sanger was against abortion. In her time, it was dangerous for the woman. She also believed it was morally wrong. She felt that birth control would reduce abortions.

Anonymous said...

Having read - in entirety - three of her books, including: 'Woman and the Race,' and 'The Pivot of Civilization' I can attest that she did indeed view birth control as the means in which to prevent the 'unfit' from breeding. She felt that Marxian Socialism was limited, and that 'Eugenics' was the answer. Now, ironically, she suggested that birth control would eliminate abortions. The exact opposite seems to have occurred instead. Now, to be fair, she was considered about the tragic living conditions and standard of life - especially amongst the working-class; unfortunate that she saw forced sterilization as one possible stop-gap.

Anonymous said...

For someone who believes that woman should have the right to choose whether or not to have children, she sure does take a counter-intuitive stance on eugenics. She is taking away the rights of other woman based on intelligence and race. Who's the bigot now?

mmmmm said...

It was similar groups, and the women's auxiliary of the KKK. The context of the times is important to take into account as she wasn't the only one to hold those types of views.

Even more context: Sanger was anti-abortion, believing that effective contraception was key while accepting that in some cases it was an necessary evil. Everyone should know that, not much point letting both mother and unborn infant die from HELLP syndrome for instance when the mother can be saved and try again for a healthy pregnancy. It was only after he death that the approach was taken that included abortion rights. I think the right to make decisions about your own body is an important one. It's pretty simple, if you don't want one, don't have one and leave others to make what decisions are appropriate for their circumstances.

"Sanger was opposed to abortions, both because they were dangerous for the mother, and because she believed that life should not be terminated after conception. In her book Woman and the New Race, she wrote, "while there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization."

"However, in her 1938 autobiography, Sanger noted that her opposition to abortion was based on the taking of life: "[In 1916] we explained what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong way no matter how early it was performed it was taking life; that contraception was the better way, the safer way — it took a little time, a little trouble, but was well worth while in the long run, because life had not yet begun."

"And in her book Family Limitation, Sanger wrote that "no one can doubt that there are times when an abortion is justifiable but they will become unnecessary when care is taken to prevent conception. This is the only cure for abortions."

Anonymous said...


Does this person think that one word is enough to overcome the truth of the post above them?? How about this:

Ah, one word, so easy!

And if 'Bret Ludwig' believes in sterilization, lets all hope he did the world a favor and had his wires clipped a LONG time ago.

Rick Stephens said...

I used one of your quotes.


Anonymous said...

People that say we should kill stupid people or sterilize them humor the fuck out of me. Guess what... Your the stupid person. Albert Einstein was declared mentally retarded. You fucking idiots would have killed him if you had your way. Keep your fucking mouth shut so you don't spread your moronic ideas you worthless cunts. Fuck your mothers for what they did.

Anonymous said...

Just the other night I watched a very eye-opening expose on the KKK. It was right before the election and of course they supported Mitt Romney. They also hated "planned parenthood". Claim to be Christian and some bragged about threatening abortion clinics.

They were full of hate and VERY fearful, as most hate groups are, worrying that Obama would take over the country and black would rule the USA. They told of how Christian they were, but in their ignorance they had no awareness or understanding that one cannot be a true Christian and be so hateful towards other beings.

The women did not seem to have a mind of their own. The Grand Dragon (or whatever he called himself) talked for his wife and little girl. But, sadly, his wife was extremely ignorant and they 'home school' their daughter so she may never strive for anything different than the hate she is being taught.

This website, and mostly the comments, makes me think: one doesn't have to be in a group like the KKK to be so full of hate. It is sad.

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Bob Little said...

Because she was good for women it's ok to exterminate a race. Sick thinking.

Rebecca K. said...

Margaret Sanger was most likely speaking to the KKK wives about the importance of contraception, hoping they themselves would get and adopt the message. She called speaking to the group "a weird experience." Since she didn't like abortion, I doubt she liked lynchings.

Her ultimate goal was to allow women some freedom from non-stop reproduction and the constraints it put on a woman's personal and family life with regard to achieving fewer and better cared for children, and better educations and upward financial mobility for themselves and the family.

She was not a perfect person, but her goals were for the most part admirable. Birth control becomes ever more important as the world's ability to feed all the people is still inadequate and will become increasingly so if our population doesn't cease growing at current rates. Read journalist Joel K. Bourne's "The End of Plenty."

Rae Ann Fritsche said...

If they are taken "really out of context," then please provide the entire quote for us. I don't know how any discussion that leads to the termination of God's children would look in or out of context.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it great that we all have an opinion, and that we all happen to be alive. If you had a choice to be aborted or not what choice would you have made for yourself?

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