Thursday, December 19, 2013

"OK, Set the Crosses on Fire It's Time for the Birth Control Lecture" or Margaret Sanger and the KKK

The Wikipedia entry on Margaret Sanger crack us up.  It states, in pertinent part, the following:

In 1926, Sanger gave a lecture on birth control to the women's auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey.[37] ... Sanger's talk was well received by the group, and as a result, "a dozen invitations to similar groups were proffered."[37]

The first noteworthy thing is that nowhere in the Margaret Sanger autobiography does Sanger state that she spoke to the Ku Klux Klan about "birth control."  The "birth control" line has just been thrown in to her Wikipedia entry by Planned Parenthood types to try and soften the blow for those reading for the first time about Margaret Sanger and the Ku Klux Klan. 

Imagine the surprise the typical Feminist Studies major experiences when she first stumbles across the uncomfortable fact that her hero was invited to speak to various hate groups 13 different times.  Woops, Professor Feminazi never mentioned that one in class.  Let's just label these invites "birth control lectures," right?

Here is Sanger's account of her trip to talk to the Ku Klux Klan from pages 366-367 of Margaret Sanger An Autobiograph.  You will see no mention of a birth control lecture but you will note that there were burning crosses:




 Always to me any aroused group was a good group, and therefore I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan at Silver Lake, New Jersey, one of the weirdest experiences I had in lecturing.

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After three hours I was summoned at last and entered a bright corridor filled with wraps. As someone came out of the hall I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses. I waited another twenty minutes. It was warmer and I did not mind so much. Eventually the lights were switched on, the audience seated itself, and I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak


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In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered. The conversation went on and on, and when we were finally through it was too late to return to New York.


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 Several questions quickly come to mind from this brief account.

1)  If it was a "birth control lecture" as claimed by the Planned Parenthood flunkies editing her Wikipedia page, why were the burning crosses and banners necessary?  Sounds more like a typical hate filled KKK rally.


 2) We note that following the cross burning KKK rally, Sanger received "a dozen invitations to speak to similar groups."  What did Margaret Sanger say to this hate group that lead to so many subsequent invites?


 3) Why have historians by and large simply ignored this event?


 4)  Would it not be fascinating to see a re-enactment of this event?


5) As we have noted before, if Margaret Sanger was a conservative pro-lifer, her name would never appear in print without the label "frequent Ku Klux Klan Speaker."  Why have pro-lifers so far failed to successfully tie Margaret Sanger to the Ku Klux Klan?  Afterall, as Martin Luther King's own niece has noted: “The most obvious practitioner of racism in the United States today is Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger and recently documented as ready to accept money to eliminate black babies” - Dr. Alveda King.




We renew our call for pro-life bloggers, movie makers and artists to find unique and innovative ways to educate the public about the hate-filled past that gave birth to the evil empire that is Planned Parenthood.     
 






2 comments:

Robin Lionheart said...

And here's the context Declan leaves out:

All the world over, in Penang and Skagway, in El Paso and Helsingfors, I have found women's psychology in the matter of childbearing essentially the same, no matter what the 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 women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan at Silver Lake, New Jersey, one of the weirdest experiences I had in lecturing.

My letter of instruction told me what train to take, to walk from the station two blocks straight ahead, then two to the left. I would see a sedan parked in front of a restaurant. If I wished I could have ten minutes for a cup of coffee or bite to eat, because no supper would be served later.

I obeyed orders implicitly, walked the blocks, saw the car, found the restaurant, went in and ordered some cocoa, stayed my allotted ten minutes, then approached the car hesitatingly and spoke to the driver. I received no reply. She might have been totally deaf as far as I was concerned. Mustering up my courage, I climbed in and settled back. Without a turn of the head, a smile, or a word to let me know I was right, she stepped on the self-starter. For fifteen minutes we wound around the streets. It must have been towards six in the afternoon. We took this lonely lane and that through the woods, and an hour later pulled up in a vacant space near a body of water beside a large, unpainted, barnish building.

My driver got out, talked with several other women, then said to me severely, "Wait here. We will come for you." She disappeared. More cars buzzed up the dusty road into the parking place. Occasionally men dropped wives who walked hurriedly and silently within. This went on mystically until night closed down and I was alone in the dark. A few gleams came through chinks in the window curtains. Even though it was May, I grew chillier and chillier.

After three hours I was summoned at last and entered a bright corridor filled with wraps. As someone came out of the hall I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses. I waited another twenty minutes. It was warmer and I did not mind so much. Eventually the lights were switched on, the audience seated itself, and I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak.

Never before had I looked into a sea of faces like these. I was sure that if I uttered one word, such as abortion, outside the usual vocabulary of these women they would go off into hysteria. And so my address that night had to be in the most elementary terms, as though I were trying to make children understand.

In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered. The conversation went on and on, and when we were finally through it was too late to return to New York. Under a curfew law everything in Silver Lake shut at nine o'clock. I could not even send a telegram to let my family know whether I had been thrown in the river or was being held incommunicado. It was nearly one before I reached Trenton, and I spent the night in a hotel.

Anonymous said...

Robin, thanks. So Brother Declan is correct. It was not "a birth control lecture." It was a KKK rally with burning crosses and hate banners.