April 21, 2021
Oakland, CA We need talk to about Margaret Sanger, wrote Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson in a recent New York Times op-ed. We must fully take responsibility for the harm that Sanger caused to generations of people with disabilities and Black, Latino, Asian-American, and Indigenous people.
Yes, you must, says Thomas Cargill, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the exposé cover article from Independent Institute, Eugenics in High School History: Failure to Confront the Past (The Independent Review, Summer 2020), in which Cargill details the failure in Americas high school texts regarding Sangers shocking racist beliefs and those of her fellow progressive eugenicists.
Those beliefs include Sangers endorsement of a 1927 Supreme Court ruling that led to the involuntary sterilization of tens of thousands of black U.S. citizens. Sangers eugenics policies were admired by Adolf Hitler and became a model for the Nuremburg Laws of 1935, which denied rights to the unfit.
Johnsons op-ed, says Cargill, is designed, in the end, to put the best possible spin on Planned Parenthoods outright dishonesty about Sangerfalsehoods that have been known for decades by informed observers of U.S. history. Johnsons claim that Sangers legacy on race has been the subject of any serious debate is, by any academic standard, totally misleading.
Cargills illuminating article and subsequent op-ed, Even as They Cancel Each Other, Progressives Continue to Downplay Their Movements Racist Past (Washington Examiner, September 14, 2020) triggered a media reach of over 10.8 million views (across broadcast, print and web). While welcoming Johnsons coming clean, finally, about the founder of Planned Parenthood, Cargill notes with breathtaking consistency, progressives continue to conceal their movements dark history of racism, which went far beyond words to include eugenics research that characterized blacks as unfit and proposed, through forced sterilization and other means, to produce a nation of thoroughbreds through the breeding out the unfit.
Within weeks of Cargillss original exposé, Planned Parenthood renamed its Margaret Sanger Health Center in New York City in August 2020 and quietly stopped distributing its highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award. Past recipients include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (2014) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2009). Upon receiving the Sanger Award, Clinton stated, I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision. . . I am really in awe of her.
Credentials: Thomas F. Cargill is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor Emeritus of Economics in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University California, Davis, and he has been Visiting Lecturer at Cal State University, Sacramento; Assistant Professor at Purdue University; Visiting Scholar, Comptroller Currency, Washington, D.C,: Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution; and Visiting Economist at the Bank of Japan, Tokyo.
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