STUDY: High School Texts Books Gloss Over Margaret Sanger’s Racist Eugenics


Many Americans seem utterly unaware that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist with a philosophy on population control that specifically and openly applied to minority populations such as African-Americans and Hispanics.

Apparently, there’s a good reason for this. This dark era of American history, including Sanger’s role and popular abortion provider Planned Parenthood, who provides “educational” material to high schools across the United States, is being glossed over in popular high school textbooks.

The Federalist’s Evita Duffy reports that a recent study by Professor Thomas Cargill and published by the Independent Institute examined nine of the most popular textbooks in the country and discovered that they “ignore the topic” completely.

As Duffy explains:

Progressive eugenics of the early 20th century held there is a scientific ability to classify individuals and groups as “fit” or “unfit,” classifying the “unfit” by race, mental and physical disabilities, country of origin, and poverty. Eugenics was very popular among the intelligentsia and elite class and became a hallmark of the Progressive movement.

To carry out eugenics theory, eugenicists used birth control, restrictions on immigration, and restrictions on interracial marriage. Their birth control measures included voluntary, coerced, and forced sterilization. The majority of states in America implemented involuntary sterilization policies. Cargill says eugenics is one of the greatest and most terrifying examples of the dangers of big government.

Only a few of the nine U.S. history textbooks that Cargill examined make “passing reference” to the eugenics movement, but fail to “identify eugenics as a major part of progressivism.”

This is contrary to inarguable historical evidence that eugenics was, in fact, a central part of the progressive movement.

These people weren’t just like Nazis. They actually inspired the Nazis–literally.

As Cargill explained to The Federalist, progressive laws passed in the U.S. served as the “role model” for Nazi race laws. Adolf Hitler “admired” the American progressives, even paying them homage in “Mein Kampf.”

Cargill found that in high school textbooks, meanwhile, “eugenics and its influence on public policy in the United States and its relationship to Nazi Germany are ignored and when mentioned are presented as an incidental part of U.S. history.”

He says that when Hitler’s regime fell, it shone a harsh light on the logical conclusion of applied eugenics, which caused it to disappear “almost overnight” from public discourse.

Those who had promoted the policies that inspired one of the greatest monsters in world history to murder millions upon millions of people found themselves rather embarrassed to have originally supported them.

Thus, Sanger’s “American Birth Control League” became “Planned Parenthood” to put distance between the philosophy of their founder and their ongoing quest to murder millions upon millions of unborn American babies for profit each year, in the name of “progress.”

Duffy explains further:

Although Sanger is celebrated in schools as a feminist pioneer and a well-meaning advocate for women’s liberation, she was a key champion of eugenics. Her advocacy for birth control was rooted in her belief that society needed to rid itself of the “unfit.”

The American Birth Control League’s journal, the “Birth Control Review,” contains outright racist articles revealing Sanger’s true intentions. Sanger’s famous article, “A Plan for Peace” (1932), explicitly lays out her broad scheme to reduce the number of people classified as “unfit” by “apply[ing] a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation.” Cargill pointed out to The Federalist that Sanger’s “plan” to “segregate” calls to mind the horrors of Nazi concentration camps.

Sanger also launched a “Negro Project,” whose aim was to provide “safe” contraception for the African Americans she saw as far too fertile for their own good.

As Cargill told The Federalist, this was meant to “target” black Americans to “lower their birth rate.”

One of Sanger’s most notorious comments on the subject include the 1939 warning that: “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.”

While Sanger is referenced in six out of the nine textbooks Cargill examined, she is presented as a “Progressive reformer and advocate of women’s reproductive rights.”

However, “none of the six textbooks” mention “she was a leading advocate of eugenics or of the racist perspective frequently found in the ‘Birth Control Review.’”

High school students assigned any of these “widely used” textbooks, Cargill concludes, will not be made privy to the fact that Sanger contributed significantly to “popularizing and rationalizing eugenics and eugenics-inspired policies,” nor that she specifically targeted black Americans for such godless, racist policies.

Do we wonder why so many Americans ignorantly hop on board with a philosophy that inspired Hitler, declaring without the slightest sense of irony that they’re “anti-racists”?

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