Charles Darwin is very well-known for writing the “Origin of Species” in the 1800’s. This book gave rise to evolutionary theory. What people don’t know is that there was actually a longer, original title to this book, and that was “On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”Now, copies and editions that they made afterwards eliminated that phrase about the “favoured races”.
“Birth Control and abortion are turning out to be the great eugenic advances of our time.”
Frederic Osborn, Founding Member of the American Eugenics Society, 1973
“Proponents have argued this bill is for blacks and the poor who want abortions and can’t afford one. This is the phoniest and most preposterous argument of all. I represent the inner city where the majority of blacks and poor live and I challenge anyone there to show me a waiting line of either blacks or poor whites who are wanting an abortion.”
Iowa State Rep. A. June Franklin, Democrat
Hidden among the branches and rolling hills of the northern part of Denton County, Texas,
the remains of more than 400 people lie in an overgrown cemetery. And even though it
was abandoned and forgotten a long time ago, a few headstones can still be found. But most
of the graves in this place never had headstones to begin with. That’s because the people who were buried in them were considered to be property, not much different than a horse
or a mule. This is where slaves were buried.
[Lloyd] Hello, my name is Markus Lloyd. [René] And I’m Michelle René. We thank you for joining us. If you are African-American,
you and I will always be connected to the people whose bodies lie in that cemetery.
Our ancestors may have worked alongside of them in the same cotton fields. They could have been bought and sold at the same auction houses, or had chains hammered around their
necks by the same overseer. Some of them may have even been hunted down by the same slave
catcher or whipped by the same master. [ Lloyd] For almost 250 years, our people were
held in bondage. And today, this period of history has come to be known by an ancient Swahili word. It’s called “the Maafa,” and it began when the first Africans were shackled
to the bottom of a slave ship. But the irony is that it did not end when the slaves were freed. In fact, it hasn’t ended yet. And as you’re about to see, a hidden racial agenda
is keeping the Maafa alive into the 21st century.
“What shall be done with the 4 million slaves if they are emancipated? This question has been answered and can be answered in many
ways. Primarily, it is a question less for man than for God, less for human intellect
than for the laws of nature to solve. Our answer is do nothing with them. Mind your business and let them mind theirs. Your doing with them is their greatest misfortune. They
have been undone by your doings and all they now ask and really have need of at your hands
is just to let them alone.” Frederick Douglass, 1862.
[Crutcher] It is the stupidity of man to think that he can do evil, even some monstrous evil,
and it won’t have any backlash on himself. But, of course, it seldom works that way,
and the moment he figures that out, he starts looking for a way to avoid the repercussions
of what he’s done. This is what happened with slavery. In the early 1800’s, as it began
to look like the end of slavery might be on the horizon, White America started to be concerned
that a day of reckoning was coming. The primary fear for the average person was of retribution
and insurrection, and that was a reasonable fear. After all, it’s illogical to think that
you can do to a whole group of people what was done to African-Americans and think that they will just take it lying down forever. And, of course, there were things like the
Nat Turner uprisings. But for the wealthy elite, their fears went beyond things like
insurrection. They were worried about the financial impact. Remember, it was not just
the cotton plantations that profited from slavery. Whether you’re talking about the banks or the insurance companies, the railroads, even the newspapers; the fact is that almost
every aspect of the American economy was at some level or another invested in the slave
business. You also need to recognize that for the wealthy elitist who controlled this system, slaves were an asset as long as they were slaves. But at the moment they are set
free, they become a liability. And what the elite knew was that the end of slavery would
instantly release 4 million people into the economy who had been kept uneducated and
effectively unemployable anywhere but the cotton field. And what they were concerned about was that this was going to bankrupt the American economy. Taxes were going to
go through the roof to take care of these people, crime was going to be rampant, the prisons were gonna be flooded, there was going to be this population overrun, and in the
North, the biggest fear was migration from the South of these black people. The other fear that these people had was intermarriage between blacks and whites would lead to a
loss of racial purity. The question was what were they going to do about it. And their
initial thought was that they would just send all the slaves back to Africa. This plan was called Colonization, and it had broad support among the wealthy elite. In fact, the American
Colonization Society was even funded by the United States Congress. But in the end, colonization
proved to be unworkable and the idea was eventually scrapped. But about that same time, a new
philosophy was emerging in the world. It was called eugenics, and for some, it seemed like
the perfect solution to what had become known as the Negro Dilemma.
“I do not join in the belief that the African is our equal in brain or in heart; and I believe
that if we can, in any fair way, possess ourselves of his services, we have an equal right to
utilize them to our advantage.” Francis Galton, 1857.
[Eller] Francis Galton is known as the father of eugenics. He actually coined the phrase eugenics. So he believed in trying to increase those he felt were superior in stock
and decrease those he felt were inferior. Francis Galton came from a very wealthy family, a family that made its wealth from the slave trade, and what a lot of people don’t know
is that Francis Galton was a cousin to Charles Darwin. Francis Galton took Charles Darwin’s
philosophies, and ideas, and thoughts, and he actually put them into practice, and that’s what we know today as eugenics. Eugenics and evolution are related in that they both see
what they considered to be the highest form of primate, such as the gorilla, as almost
indistinguishable from what they consider the lowest form of human, the African and the Aborigine.
“At some future period
[Eller] Charles Darwin is very well-known for writing the “Origin of Species” in the 1800’s. This book gave rise to evolutionary theory. What people don’t know is that there was actually
a longer, original title to this book, and that was “On the Origin of Species By Means
of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”
Now, copies and editions that they made afterwards eliminated that phrase about the “favoured
races”. Evidently, they understood then that it was politically incorrect. [Childress] Some may defend Francis Galton because eventually, that he rejected slavery,
but they do point out that all of his wealth did derive from the slave trade. But also
it needs to be known that he, as well as other eugenists, did not reject slavery until after
it had ended, and they could not any longer exploit blacks legally. So, at that point,
it would have been quite easy for he and his cohorts to reject slavery.
I think this is a point that we all have to really realize, that the eugenics movement
was not invented by the everyday, average white American, but by a select group of wealthy,
white elitists that had often used this ideology to pit all of White America against Black
America. And so we see that indeed, that truly is the case, even to this day.
[Eller] Eugenicists believed that Africans were inferior—not just mentally—but physically,
and that, left to themselves, left alone, they would not make it. The problem is it
didn’t work. With that failure, the eugenicists moved on to what is known as “positive eugenics.”
In “positive eugenics”, the eugenicists wanted the white population to reproduce to have so many children that it overwhelmed the black population. But that didn’t work either. Next,
they moved on to what they called “negative eugenics”. They knew that they could not round
up all the blacks in the nation and execute them, so they decided to create an environment where they would convince the blacks to severely limit the number of children they were going
to have, and thereby commit race suicide.
“The problem of the socially fit must be treated not as one of color but as a problem of the spread of feeble-mindedness.”
Dr. Charles Davenport, 1913, Director of the Eugenics Record Office, Cold Spring Harbor,
New York, and Co-Founder of the American Eugenics Society.
[Childress] Eugenics realized that they could not promote their agenda simply because they
knew it’d be viewed as politically incorrect and socially unacceptable. So what they did
was use code words that were once successful in slavery terms, such as “feeble-minded,”
“unfit,” words such as “imbecile,” “immoral,” “criminal”; they tagged those labels upon
the targeted community. These words were less inflammatory so it lets society more or less
not be totally alarmed of the original intent, but deep down inside, I believe everyone truly
knew what segment of society and what people they were actually talking about.
[Crutcher] In the early 20th century, the white elitist who made up the eugenics movement were no longer just philosophers and academics, now they were industrialists and billionaires
who had come to embrace a worldview that was essentially identical to the eugenics movement.
The same individuals in corporations who had once made millions on the backs of slaves
were now willing to spend millions to get rid of them. But that didn’t mean that these guys were interested in being public crusaders for the eugenics movement. They were certainly
willing to be the brains and the money behind it, but they would hire crusaders to do the dirty work. And the primary one they settled upon was a woman named Margaret Sanger. She
was the founder of the American Birth Control League and the publisher of its newsletter, “The Birth Control Review.” On a practical level, the relationship between Sanger and
these elitists was basically a marriage of convenience. In order to advance their common
agendas, they needed a frontman, and she needed money. And the whole thing would be held together
by this kind of bizarre obsession with race and class. The result was that the American
Birth Control League became the driving force behind the American eugenics movement. Eugenics
would no longer just be a philosophy. Sanger and others like her were gonna put it into
practice. “…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, 1922. “The laws of nature required the obliteration of the unfit and human life is valuable only
when it is of use to the community or race.” Madison Grant, 1916, Co-Founder, American Eugenics Society.
[Childress] The American Birth Control League was wise enough to get their program of population control across by using what had worked
in the past: the same code words that had established the institution of slavery and
that was also used by the early eugenics movement was once again used by the American Birth
Control League. The Margaret Sanger’s of those days did not come out and say they were trying to eliminate black people. What they did say: they were trying to rid society of the feeble-minded;
they were trying to rid the society of the criminal. Well, she was successful simply
because of her eugenics friends for the past 50 years had put those labels on minorities
and African-Americans, and therefore society was more or less desensitized. In effect,
the code words hid the agenda of Margaret Sanger and the eugenist. At that time, they
did shift over to the what they call the “quality of life.” It was a philosophy unquestionably
used to target the poor, simply because what the “quality of life” and its core meaning
was that poor people really didn’t have a reason to live. Only of the white, those with
status, had any chance of a meaningful or purposeful life. The solution for the poor
now was not to eliminate the circumstances that would cause poverty, their solution now
was to eliminate the poor; eliminate the impoverished, and just wipe them off the face of the earth.
“…the practice of birth control among the majority of colored people would probably be more eugenic than among their white compatriots. The dissemination of the information of birth
control should have begun with this class rather than with the upper social and economic
classes of white citizens.” Walter Terpenning, Birth Control Review, 1932.
“In virtually every community where Negroes dwell one finds them in fat times and lean
alike contributing a disproportionate number to the roles of the dependents and delinquents.
They make excessive demands on the white man’s charity and overtax his patience.”
Newell Sims, Birth Control Review, 1932.
Author Madison Grant was a Co-Founder of the American Eugenics Society and an officer of the New York Zoological Society. In 1906,
he had authorized an exhibit at the Bronx Zoo in which a 22 year-old African named Ota
Benga was displayed in a cage in the monkey house. Sharing the cage with Benga was an
orangutan. When a local clergyman protested the exhibit, he said that it was clearly intended to be a demonstration of Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Local proponents of Darwinism apparently agreed and labeled the display “educational.” Ten
years after this event, Ota Benga committed suicide.
“During Hitler’s regime, the Germans were supplied…
[Lloyd] An often overlooked fact about the German Holocaust is that the Nazis did not simply target the Jewish population, they
went after the black community as well. Under the threat of being sent to concentration camps if they did not cooperate, Afro-German citizens were not only forced to undergo sterilization
themselves, they were also required to turn over their children for sterilization. In his book, “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler explained the motivation behind such programs.
[René] The Nazi attitude toward blacks was clearly defined in a 1944 book by Robert Ley, who was the head of the German Labor Front.
Ley characterized the Jewish race as a disease-riddled parasite that had been created by unnatural
inbreeding between white men and the racially inferior Negro. He described the result as
a racial swamp that would eventually destroy the natural superiority of the Aryan race.
Another Nazi publication described blacks as African brutes who had not been tamed even
by centuries of slavery. It went on to say that any effort to assimilate people of African
descent into civilized society was a waste of time, and that the lynchings of blacks
in America did not merit any regret. Since World War II, it has been well documented
that Adolf Hitler was profoundly influenced by the American eugenics movement and that many of his governments’ racial policies were actually developed from the writings of American
eugenicists, like Madison Grant and Harry Laughlin. In fact, Hitler referred to Grant’s
book, “The Passing of the Great Race” as his bible. Meanwhile, American eugenicists were routinely praising Hitler and holding up the Nazi eugenics
program as a model for the United States to copy. The leader of the German nation, Adolf Hitler, “has been able to construct a comprehensive
racial policy of population development and improvement. The difference between the Jew
and the Aryan is as unsurmountable as that between black and white. Germany has set a
pattern which other nations must follow.” Dr. Clarence Gordon Campbell, 1935, President, Eugenics Research Association, New York.
Among those American eugenicists who most strongly supported the Nazis was a member of the American Eugenic Society. A director
of the American Birth Control League and a writer for the Birth Control Review, his name was Lothrop Stoddard.
As an avowed racist, Stoddard was the author of a book called, “The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy,” which was widely promoted by the Ku Klux Klan.
In another book, “The Dragon and the Cross,” Stoddard was identified as the exalted Cyclops
of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Klan.
On the 19th of December, 1939, during a four-month stay in Germany, Stoddard was given a personal meeting with both Adolf Hitler and the man
who would eventually be in charge of the Nazi Holocaust, SS leader Heinrich Himmler.
Later, when a course on race was introduced at Halle University in Germany, its instructors stated
that it would be modeled on the philosophies of American eugenicists, including Lothrop Stoddard. Eventually, Stoddard’s racial views would even be featured in Nazi school textbooks.
“…the white race divides into three main sub-species—the Nordics, the Alpines, and
the Mediterraneans. All three are good stocks, ranking in genetic worth well above the various
colored races.” Lothrop Stoddard, Director, American Birth Control League.
[René] To eliminate blacks from Germany, one of the people Hitler called on was a eugenicist who had once written that blacks are an inferior
race of savages who should only be allowed to survive as long as they are of use to
the Aryan race. His name was Eugen Fischer. And about 20 years earlier, he had been one
of the leaders of a system of concentration camps in southwestern Africa, where blacks
were rounded up to be executed, experimented on, or held as free labor. Under Hitler, Fischer
would serve on committees that plan the sterilization of all blacks and countries that came under
German control. He would also be one of the first Nazi scientists to become publicly affiliated
with the Carnegie-funded Eugenics Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Eventually,
Fischer would also be put in charge of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, which was funded
by the Rockefeller Foundation. It was here that many of the Nazi programs for creating
racial purity were developed. In 1927, Margaret Sanger organized the World
Population Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and gave it front-page coverage in her Birth Control Review. The event’s program shows that several of its attendees were colleagues
of Sanger’s from the American eugenics movement. It also documents that among those who were given a leadership role in the conference, was Eugen Fischer, the man who would eventually
lead the Nazi effort to eradicate blacks from Europe.
[Lloyd] Another American eugenicist with Nazi connections was Harry Laughlin. And he was
an official with both the American Eugenics Society and the American Birth Control League. And in 1928, his plan for using forced sterilization to eliminate those who might produce what
he called “degenerate offspring” was published in the Birth Control Review. In 1936, Laughlin
led an effort to distribute the English language version of a Nazi eugenics film to audiences
in the northeastern part of the United States. He had acquired the rights to the film from
the Race Policy Office of the Nazi Party, and with the help of two other American eugenics
organizations, had mailed literature to biology teachers at 3,000 US high schools, urging
them to show it in their classrooms. Later that year, Laughlin was praised in a Nazi newspaper and awarded an honorary degree from the University of Heidelberg for his contributions
to the Nazi eugenics effort. In the 1930’s, a German psychiatrist named
Ernst Rudin was named President of the International Federation of Eugenics in Cold Spring Harbor,
New York, which was funded by the Carnegie Corporation. And in 1933, his call for racial
purity was published in the Birth Control Review. Later, Rudin would be chosen by Hitler
to write Germany’s eugenics laws, and at one point, he personally helped the Gestapo roundup
and sterilize several hundred blacks who they referred to as “Rhineland bastards.” After
the war, Rudin would be identified as one of the architects of the barbaric medical experiments that the Nazis carried out in their concentration camps.
[René] It may be possible that Hitler actually got the idea for concentration camps while
studying the American eugenics movement. In 1919, the state of Indiana had allocated $300,000
to create a work colony in the city of Butlerville, where those who were labeled feeble-minded
would be incarcerated. Then, in 1932, Margaret Sanger called for the United States Government
to set aside farms and open spaces, where certain groups of people would be segregated
from the rest of society. She proposed that among others, the illiterate, the unemployed,
and the poor should be forcibly kept in these areas until they developed what she called
better moral conduct. [Lloyd] It was later discovered that under the Indiana program, the state was allowed to label someone feeble-minded if they were
poor or did not do well in school, or if the state considered them to be shiftless, or
have insufficient moral judgment. But it’s important to understand that this Indiana campaign was not unlike those in other states. For example, a eugenics project conducted
in Massachusetts during the late 1920’s proposed sterilization for young girls who were diagnosed
as defective, which could include being unwed and pregnant, financially poor, or if the
state labeled them socially undesirable. In addition, boys as young as 14 could be castrated
for showing signs of kleptomania, or for exhibiting what was described as solitary behavior.
In a single incident during 1935, the Nazis sterilized the children of over 600 German
women because it was reported that those children had been fathered by black men.
When news of this reached the United States, a member of the American Eugenic Society named Walter
Ashby Plecker wrote a letter to the German Bureau of Human Betterment and Eugenics praising
them for the action and expressing his hope that not one child had been missed. Ten years
earlier, Plecker had written that the black population was the greatest problem and most destructive force which confronts the white race and American civilization.
“Eugenic goals are most likely attained under a name other than eugenics.”
Frederick Osborn, President and Founding Member of the American Eugenic Society.
[René] By the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, revelations about Nazi and fascist atrocities
in Europe were causing the public to become increasingly uncomfortable with terms like “eugenics” and “population control.” This alarmed the leaders of the American Birth Control
League, who were aware that this shifting attitude can impact both their ability to
implement their racial agenda and their ability to raise funds. They were also aware that
the connections between the American Birth Control League and the Nazis were starting to become known. Marketing research had shown them that in this environment, they needed
to move away from words like “control,” in favor of less threatening words like “planning.”
So in 1942, they changed the name of the organization. From then on, the American Birth Control League
would officially be known as Planned Parenthood.
[Lloyd] The important thing to understand here is that this name change did not change the organization’s
agenda. The same people were still in control, they were still obsessed with race, and they were still dedicated to eugenics. Today, defenders of Margaret Sanger will often try to hide
her racism by claiming that she was not really a eugenicist, and that Planned Parenthood
was never part of the eugenics movement. But the truth is that, as late as 1956, the American
Eugenics Society listed Sanger as a member of the organization. In addition, many of
Sanger’s colleagues and the people whose writing she published, as well as many of Planned
Parenthood’s officers, were also known to be members. [René] In fact, the ties between Sanger and the eugenics movement were so well established
that in the 1920’s, Sanger pursued a plan to merge the American Birth Control League,
or Planned Parenthood, as it was later called, with the American Eugenics Society. However,
despite Sanger’s efforts, the merger plan died after being rejected by the leadership of the American Eugenic Society. As an alternative, Sanger then proposed that the two organizations
at least combine their publications into one magazine. But again, that idea was also rejected
by the American Eugenic Society.
about a speech she gave in 1926 at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Silverlake, New Jersey. The
Planned Parenthood founder bragged about the fact that, afterward, she was invited by 12 other Klan chapters to speak at their events.
[Crutcher] At about the same time the American Birth Control League was changing its name to Planned Parenthood, a lot of books and
reports began coming out that attempted to put a happy face on eugenics. And many of
them were written by people that were associated with Planned Parenthood. The strategy here
was obvious: since the Nazis had turned eugenics into a four-letter word, the American eugenics
movement decided it was time to lay low. So most of their writings during this time period
downplayed the role of eugenics and couch their agenda in terms of helping the African-American.
Perhaps the best example of this is a 1,500 page book by eugenicist Gunnar Myrdal, called
“An American Dilemma, the Negro Problem in Modern Democracy.” Interestingly, this book
was not the result of some mom-and-pop operation. Myrdal had 75 assistants working on this project
whose salaries were being paid for by the Carnegie Corporation. And Carnegie had been a major player in the eugenics movement for many years.
[Eller] Gunnar Myrdal and his wife, Alva, were both involved in eugenics. They were
funded by both the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. They were also
closely linked to a Swedish eugenics program, which forcibly sterilized 66,000 people. When
you read chapter 7 of this book, it becomes undeniable that this is a blueprint for the
modern eugenics movement that we still see in the United States today. The bottom line
is that Gunnar Myrdal believed that not only could blacks not help themselves, he felt that nobody could help them. And the only solution in his eyes was to get rid of them.
“Commonly it is considered a great misfortune for America that Negro slaves were ever imported.
The presence of Negroes in America today is usually considered a ‘plight’ of the nation.”
Chapter 7, page 167. “…all white Americans agree that, if the
Negro is to be eliminated, he must be eliminated slowly so as not to hurt any living individual Negroes.”
Chapter 7, page 168. “The only way possible of decreasing Negro population is by means of controlling fertility.”
Chapter 7, page 170. “…birth control facilities could be extended
relatively more to Negroes than to whites, since Negroes are more concentrated in the
lower income and education classes.” Chapter 7, page 176.
[Eller] One thing I find very revealing about chapter 7 is the first paragraph. Myrdal uses
U.S. Census Bureau figures to show that between 1790 and 1940, the black population in the
United States increased 17 times. At the same time, those Census Bureau figures show that
the white population increased 37 times. However, neither Myrdal nor any other eugenicist wrote
anything about what to do about that part of the population that was increasing twice as fast as the black population.
Gunnar Myrdal’s book on how to resolve what he called the “Negro problem” was published in 1944 by Harper & Brothers of New York.
Four years earlier, the same company, which is today known as Harper Collins, had also published
a book by one of the founding members of the American Eugenic Society. At the time that Harper & Brothers published these books, its president was a man named Cass Canfield, who
would later become the national president of Planned Parenthood.
“We hope that the restraint of population growth can come about through voluntary means.
But if it does not, involuntary methods will be used.” Dr. Donald Minkler, 1972.
[René] Donald Minkler was the President of the American Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians and a member of the Board of Directors
of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Like many of those in the eugenics movement,
he understood that their plans would not always be voluntarily adopted and that the use of governmental coercion or even force might one day be necessary.
[Lloyd] The idea of forced eugenics was not something that suddenly developed in the 1970’s.
In a 1929 speech, American eugenicist Samuel Holmes had proposed that mandatory birth control
should be used as a tool to eliminate what he called the menace to the white race that had been created by increases in black population. His solution was to have a quota system in
which the right to have a child would be controlled by the government and determined by race.
At the time, Holmes was on the National Council of the American Birth Control League, which
would later become known as Planned Parenthood. [René] Then in 1936, eugenicist Julian Huxley
proposed that the genetically inferior classes could be made to have fewer children if they
were denied easy access to welfare. Another part of this proposal was that medical care
to these same people should be restricted in order to reduce the survival rates of the
children they did have. He also called for the forced sterilization of anyone who was
unemployed beyond a certain length of time. Huxley was later honored by Planned Parenthood
and was a featured speaker at one of their annual conventions. [Lloyd] The reality is that the views of people like Samuel Holmes and Julian Huxley were
never uncommon within the American eugenics community. In 1969, a professor at the University
of California, Dr. Garrett Hardin called it insanity to rely on volunteerism to control
population. Harden was a member of the American Eugenics Society and an outspoken advocate
of government-enforced birth control, saying that citizens should be willing to give up their right to breed for the betterment of society. In 1980, he was given Planned Parenthood’s
highest national award. He and his wife would later kill themselves in a joint suicide pact.
[René] There were, of course, some within the eugenics movement who were uncomfortable with the idea of using force, and they would often express their reservations about it
in public. But when pressed, virtually none of them would rule it out, including Planned
Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger.
This was written by Sanger in a personal letter to Katherine Dexter McCormick. McCormick was an heir to the International Harvester fortune,
and would later use part of her immense wealth to fund the development of the birth control pill.
[René] In 1966, an example of the course of power of state eugenics laws was seen in Maryland, when three young mothers applied
for welfare benefits. All three were arrested for child neglect, even though the authorities
never claimed to have any evidence of abuse or neglect. Instead, the women were held under
a state law, which stated that simply being unmarried and pregnant was child neglect.
The judge in this case warned the women that if they ever became pregnant again, the State would take custody of all their children. Officials in Prince George’s County, where
the arrests took place, stated that welfare recipients could avoid being prosecuted under
this law by submitting to state-sponsored birth control education.
In 1934, Adolf Hitler sent a letter to American eugenicist, Leon Whitney, complimenting him
for a book he had written on sterilization. Whitney was the former Executive Secretary of the American Eugenic Society and a colleague of Margaret Sanger’s. Sanger also published
his writings in the Birth Control Review. In the book that Hitler was praising, Whitney
had written that America could eliminate what he called the slum elements of society by
sterilizing the lowest 25 percent of its population. He claimed this was necessary because such
people are “too stupid to understand or practice even simple methods of contraception… Besides,”
he said, “the country would hardly miss them.” One of the people he was talking about was
named Elaine Riddick. [Riddick] At the age of 13, I became pregnant.
I was raped by a guy that lived across the street from me. He snatched me off the street
and molested me, and threatened my life, and said if I ever told anyone that he would kill
me. When they was delivering my son, they sterilized me at the same time. They had approached
my grandmother and said that if she wanted to continue to receive supplement welfare
and food stamps, or, at this time, they was giving out these surplus foods—canned
cheese, I think it was, or powdered eggs—and said that if she did not sign the ex, that
they were gonna stop her supplements. Mind you, my grandmother was illiterate. She had
never ever gone to school. She didn’t understand what it was. So she signed the ex and they
did this to me. I did not find out that they had sterilized me until I was 19 years-old.
I asked the State of North Carolina why they did this to me, and they said that because I was feeble-minded, that I would not be able to take care of myself, I would not be able
to tie my shoes, that I was just incompetent.
The State of North Carolina also said that I had never before—at the age of 13, I had never performed a day’s work in my life. They
couldn’t get me to do anything. But at the age of 13? I mean, shouldn’t I have been in—should
I not have been in school? They were saying that feeble-mindedness is hereditary. So they
sterilized me so I would not produce my kind. Mind you, I am not illiterate nor am I feeble-minded.
I never went into high school, but yet I still acquired a college degree. They also justified
that my child or my children would be feeble-minded. My son is the president of his own semiconductor
company. He has his own construction company, and he has his own real estate company. I
just—I mean, how can you think that your government allowed or allowing these things
to happen to a person, a life? You don’t have—you can’t say nothing, you have no
rights. To me, they took away all of my rights. They sterilized kids from my understanding,
in my knowledge, as young as 8 years of age. I don’t know what an 8 eight-year-old can
do that could cause them to do this to them. The only reason I can give myself is that
because they are black. In 1961, social worker Sue Casebolt had been
installed as the Executive Secretary of the North Carolina Eugenics Board. At a board meeting held three weeks later, she stated that she was going to keep a file on every child
whose name reached her desk, so that they could be picked up as soon as they reached childbearing age. Casebolt was still on the board in 1968 when it approved the sterilization
of 14 year-old Elaine Riddick.
Holmes made this statement in his ruling on the constitutionality of Virginia’s forced sterilization law. It mirrored the views of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had originally
appointed Holmes to the Supreme Court. In a 1913 letter to American Eugenic Society
Founder Charles Davenport, Roosevelt had stated that the country had no business allowing citizens of the wrong type to reproduce.
[Lloyd] In 1907, Indiana had become the first of more than 30 states to pass sterilization laws. And some of those laws stayed on the
books well into the 1970’s. In fact, the state of Oregon did its last sterilization in 1981,
and did not abolish its eugenics board until October of 1983.
[René] Some states practice sterilization without ever creating an official eugenics
board. In those instances, few, if any records were kept. And in the states that did keep
records, many have never been made available to the public. But in just those states that
have released their records, it is known that at least 60,000 Americans were sterilized,
and they were disproportionately black. In addition, during a 1973 lawsuit, a federal
judge estimated that as many as 150,000 additional low-income women may have been sterilized
under federal programs alone. These sterilizations were often performed without the patient’s
knowledge or consent and sometimes against their will. It was also common for social
workers to tell welfare recipients that they would lose their benefits if they did not agree to be sterilized. In some cases, poor families were even threatened with the loss
of welfare, unless they brought their children in for sterilization. The result was that
some of the people sterilized were as young as 10 years-old.
[Lloyd] In the first 6 months of 1972, one hospital in Aiken County, South Carolina sterilized
over one-third of the Medicaid patients who were there to give birth, and all but one of these women were black. One patient said she was told by all three of the county’s
obstetricians that they would not deliver her baby unless she agreed to be sterilized.
Her claim was later confirmed by each of the doctors. Another patient said she was told by one of these same physicians that he was tired of having to help support the babies
of welfare recipients, and that she could either agree to be sterilized or find another doctor.
“The law of nature says that only the fit shall survive. When a nation disregards this law by protecting the unfit, and encouraging
their multiplication, this nation invites inevitable destruction. As far as New Jersey
is concerned, sterilization is an economic necessity, and as far as the United States
is concerned, sterilization is a matter of national preservation.” Fred Sheppard, Assemblyman.
Fred Sheppard was a member of the New Jersey State Legislature. He made this statement upon his introduction of a sterilization bill
in March of 1942. [René] In some parts of the country, Planned
Parenthood was closely associated with these state eugenics boards and was often a referral agency for them. But the system did not always run smoothly. In 1969, when the number of
sterilizations approved by the Iowa State Eugenics Board began to drop, the Board was
attacked in the press by the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood, Robert Webber. He said
that he was alarmed by the decline in numbers and that the Eugenics Board should expand
its approval criteria. Board Chairman Dr. S. M. Korson responded that the board’s guidelines
were already fairly broad. He pointed out that approvals were routinely given for young
girls for no reason other than the Board’s speculation that they might likely one day
engage in immoral behavior without the capacity for being wives and mothers. At that point,
Webber publicly scolded the Board and told them that they should either increase the number of sterilizations or quit.
From its beginning, Planned Parenthood always had powerful ties to the American eugenics community. In fact, in many places, they were
often one and the same. For example, when the first birth control clinic was opened in Arkansas, it was operated by the Arkansas Eugenics Association, and overseen by a woman
named Hilda Cornish. Later, the Arkansas Eugenics Association would become the Arkansas state
affiliate of Planned Parenthood, and Cornish would be named its Executive Director.
During the four months that American Birth Control League Director Lothrop Stoddard was in Nazi
Germany, he not only met with Hitler and S.S. Chief Heinrich Himmler, he also attended one
of the Nazi eugenics courts. “The first case I saw looked like an excellent
candidate for sterilization. A man in his mid-thirties, he was rather ape-like in appearance—
receding forehead, flat nose with flaring nostrils, thick lips, and heavy prognathous jaw. Not
vicious-looking, but gross and rather dull.” Lothrop Stoddard, Director, American Birth Control League, later known as Planned Parenthood.
Given the admiration that Adolf Hitler expressed for the American eugenics movement, it is not unlikely that he modeled the eugenics
courts in Nazi Germany after the state eugenics courts in the U.S. In both countries, feeble-mindedness
was routinely used as a catch-all justification for sterilization, and the diagnosis of feeble-mindedness
was almost always left up to the judgment of the person advocating the sterilization.
“First, the white man tells me to sit in the back of the bus, now it looks like he wants me to sleep under the bed. Back in the days of slavery, black folks couldn’t grow kids
fast enough for white folks to harvest. Now that we got a little taste of power, white folks wants to call a moratorium on having babies.”
Comedian Dick Gregory, Ebony Magazine, 1971.
[Lloyd] By the 1960’s, the American eugenics movement had been reasonably successful in getting sterilization laws and prohibitions
against interracial marriage passed. They also had some success in getting states to mandate sterilization for those convicted of even nonsexual crimes, and some states
began to require sterilization as a condition for receiving welfare or health care. Meanwhile,
another state proposed jail time for anyone who had a child out of wedlock, unless they agreed to be sterilized. And at least one state requires sterilization as a condition
of being released from custody. [René] But these laws were not producing the results Planned Parenthood and others in the eugenics movement wanted. They also
began to fear that federal courts were going to eventually rule that these kinds of measures
were unconstitutional. At about the same time, however, something new was being introduced
to American society. It was called the birth control pill, and the eugenics movement quickly
saw it as the perfect solution for controlling the population of people they had always seen
as oversexed, unsophisticated, and lazy. But what they would eventually discover is that,
while the pill was enthusiastically embraced by whites, it was generally rejected by blacks,
despite the fact that Planned Parenthood focused its marketing on the African-American community,
and located the vast majority of its facilities in black neighborhoods. [Lloyd] What Planned Parenthood and the rest of the eugenics movement did not count on
was that many blacks did not want to reduce their numbers. In fact, they saw high birth rates as the most effective way to increase their power in the American political system.
The other reality was that an increasing number of African-Americans were becoming suspicious
that a hidden agenda was behind the birth control revolution. Even those who once supported
the idea of population control were beginning to sense that it actually meant black population
control. This feeling was evident in June of 1970, when the Black Caucus walked out
of the First National Congress on Optimum Population and Environment, being held in
Chicago. Felton Alexander of the National Urban League and the Chairman of the Black Caucus said the action was taken because of clear and unmistakable evidence that the purpose
of the conference was to legitimize the extermination of the black population. By this time, many
other civil rights advocates were beginning to see the same thing.
“Birth control and sterilization in the wrong hands would be more deadly to Negroes than all the tanks, riot guns, cattle prods, billy clubs and shackles we have overcome in the past.”
Dr. Leroy Swift, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, 1968. [René] As it became clear that a growing
number of African-Americans were connecting the dots between birth control and black genocide,
eugenics organizations began calling for the U.S. government to add birth control chemicals to the nation’s food and water supply. It was even suggested that this strategy could
be specifically targeted at urban neighborhoods. This idea was widely embraced in the eugenics
movement and taken seriously enough by the government to be discussed at a 1969 meeting
at the United Nations. Under the plan being considered, a couple could apply to the government
for permission to have a child, and if approved, they would be given an antidote to the population
control chemicals they had ingested in their food and water. Interestingly, the idea that
government should have some sort of licensing agreement to regulate who would and would
not be allowed to give birth was not a new one. In 1934, Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret
Sanger had proposed that the U.S. government implement a system in which women would not
have the legal right to have a child without a permit from the government, and that these permits would only be good for one baby.
[Lloyd] But eventually, proposals like forced sterilization, chemicals in the food and water supply, and government control of childbearing
were abandoned by most people in the eugenics movement. Despite the fact that many of them
openly advocated such ideas, they would come to realize that there was really no practical
way to carry them out. But for all their failures, what the eugenics movement had accomplished
was to lay the foundation for the next phase of their plan. And this is where they would find the success that they had been chasing for over 100 years.
[Interviewer] What would you say is now the number one cause of death in the African-American community?
-Heart disease? -Oh HIV/AIDS. -Diabetes?
-Cancer. -AIDS -I’ll say heart disease.
-AIDS. -From what I heard is probably AIDS, you know.
-Probably heart disease. -I think heart disease.
-HIV, gang violence.
[Interviewer] What if I told you the real answer was abortion? -Oh… wow…
Since 1973, legal abortion has killed more African-Americans than AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and violent crime combined.
Every week, more blacks die in American abortion clinics than were killed in the entire Vietnam
War. And the largest chain of abortion clinics in the United States is operated by Planned Parenthood.
[Childress] We have now reached a point in this country that African-American women, though they make up 12 percent of the population,
they account for 37 percent of the abortions. An African-American baby is almost 5 times
more likely to be aborted than a white child. The abortion industry at this point kills
as many African-American people every four days as the Klan killed in 150 years. And you can
truly say the most dangerous place for an African-American to be is in the womb of their
African-American mother [King] All across America, you can stand outside
of the abortion clinics and see a steady stream of black women coming in and out. But somewhere
along the way, we got the idea that this is a white issue or a conservative issue, or
a Republican issue, and therefore it’s not an issue that we have to be concerned about.
This same attitude has allowed Planned Parenthood and other members of the abortion industry
to carry out this genocide right under our very noses. Right now in America, about half
of our babies are being killed in the womb. And in certain parts of America, more of our
babies are being aborted than are being born. “When 17,000 aborted babies were
found in a dumpster outside of a pathology laboratory in Los Angeles, California, some
12 to 15,000 were observed to be black.” Irma Clardy Craven, Chairman, Minneapolis Commission on Human Rights, and Secretary of the Urban League.
[Crutcher] To understand what the agenda was behind the legalization of abortion, all you need to do is look at the statistics from
the U.S. Government. Studies from the CDC show that prior to the legalization of abortion,
approximately 80 percent of all illegal abortions were done on white women. One study in New
York even found that white women had 5 times as many abortions as black women. But at the
moment abortion became legal that began to reverse. And that’s why the legalization of
abortion was so crucial for the eugenics movement. Legalization created the ability to market
abortion in the black community, and from a eugenic standpoint, that changed everything.
[Childress] These people cannot have it both ways. First, they say that birth control will
reduce the number of abortions. Then they flood our neighborhoods with birth control
clinics. And what’s the result? Our abortion rate skyrockets. So either they lied about
the fact that birth control would reduce abortions in our neighborhoods, or this is the results
and the purpose they wanted from the beginning. At this point, I truly have the tendency to
believe the latter. [Lloyd] In 1973, the year abortion was legalized
nationwide, Dr. Christopher Tietze produced a study on abortion demographics at the request
of the Population Council, a New York-based eugenics organization. In this report, Tietze
confirmed previous research showing that when abortion is illegal, the abortion rate is
much higher for white women than for black women, but that this completely reverses whenever
abortion is legalized. At the time he published these findings, Tietze was a consultant to
both Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation. [René] Other researchers within the eugenics and abortion movements were also documenting
that easy access to abortion clinics produces higher abortion rates in the surrounding area.
And at least one expert discovered that having a nearby clinic is a bigger factor in the black abortion rate than it is in the white abortion rate. At the same time this data
is being circulated, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion lobby were in the process of locating the vast majority of their facilities in minority neighborhoods. Then,
in 1974, a study was released on population control that had been conducted by researchers
at three major universities. By analyzing data obtained from Planned Parenthood’s own
records, they determined that the number one factor in deciding whether a county in the United States provided free or low-cost family planning services was not poverty, but race.
The researchers said their findings seem to support the contention of many civil rights
activists that such programs are less intended to assist the poor than they are to control
the growth of the black population.
“The best way to hate a nigger is to hate him before he’s born.” Leander Perez, Louisiana State Judge, 1970.
Two years after the Director of Iowa Planned Parenthood had publicly attacked the state’s eugenics board for not approving enough sterilizations, a bill was introduced in the Iowa Legislature
to legalize abortion. Despite having the support of both the state Republican Party and the
state Democratic Party, as well as strong backing from the Governor, the bill would be defeated almost single-handedly by the only African-American in the Iowa Legislature.
“Proponents have argued this bill is for blacks and the poor who want abortions and can’t
afford one. This is the phoniest and most preposterous argument of all. I represent
the inner city where the majority of blacks and poor live, and I challenge anyone here
to show me a waiting line of either blacks or poor whites who are wanting an abortion.”
Iowa State Representative June Franklin, Democrat, 1971.
[Lloyd] From the beginning, it was obvious that racism was the driving force behind the eugenics movement. While it was true that from time to time, these elitists and social
engineers would toss a few lower-class whites in among the feeble-minded and worthless who
should be bred out of society, it was also true that they never seem to include blacks among the best and the brightest who should be bred in. And at the same time the country
was being saturated with calls for population control and family planning, the facilities
to carry them out were pouring into the black community. After all, no one was suggesting
that there were too many white people in the world. And realities like those did not go unnoticed by early civil rights activists. For them, the reason birth control and abortion
were being pushed was not a secret. “Those whom we could not get rid of in the
rice paddies of Vietnam, we now propose to exterminate if necessary, eliminate if possible,
in the OB wards and gynecology clinics of our urban hospitals.”
Jesse Jackson, 1971.
“I believe the entire question of abortions is just one more in the continuous series of events to eliminate the black population.”
Father George Clemens, Jet Magazine, 1973. “The abortion law hides behind the guise of
helping women, when in reality it will attempt to destroy our people.” Brenda Heissen, New York Chapter Black Panther Party, July 1970.
“The racist tells you to take birth control pills to kill, to murder life that might have existed if you had not. They are planning mass extermination of
people they consider dispensable.” Van Keys, Oakland Chapter Black Panther Party, 1969.
“A true revolutionary cares about the people— he cares to the point that he is willing to put his life on the line to help the masses of
poor and oppressed people. He would never think of killing his unborn child.”
Detroit Chapter Black Panther Party, 1970. “Who the hell is getting the pill? The Mexican
and the Negro. Do you want to wipe us out?” Cesar Chavez, 1967.
[Lloyd] On the day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, a memorial service was held at Howard University in Washington, D.C. As mourners left the auditorium, they
encountered about 600 people attending a rally outside. Several speakers were heard warning
the crowd that population control was being used as a weapon of black genocide. Among
the speakers who gave this warning was noted civil rights activist, Stokely Carmichael. [René] A year later, Pittsburgh police were called when 200 sticks of dynamite were discovered
near a local Catholic Church. An investigation revealed that the dynamite was not intended
for the church, but was instead left behind by civil rights activists William Bouie Haden.
Haden later admitted that he and his group, the United Movement for Progress, had planned
to use the explosives to blow up nearby Planned Parenthood facilities because they were practicing
black genocide. Haden had once stated that any African-American who supported allowing
Planned Parenthood into black neighborhoods was an Uncle Tom. “Into the black community step Planned Parenthood. Only when they came into the black community,
they’ve become planned black genocide.” William Bouie Haden, Civil Rights Activist, 1971.
[Lloyd] Among those associated with Haden was an African-American physician named Dr. Charles Greenlee. Greenlee had been a staunch
supporter of Planned Parenthood, but became suspicious of the organization after noticing
that black neighborhoods in his city were, as he described it, saturated with Planned
Parenthood facilities. While nearby white neighborhoods that were just as poor did not have a single one.
[René] In an article published by the Black Muslim newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, Greenlee said he had also discovered that deceptive
materials were being circulated in the ghettos and delivered to the homes of black women,
warning them that welfare recipients who had additional children would lose their public
assistance. Greenlee knew that wasn’t true, and concluded that Planned Parenthood was pushing a hidden agenda. It was then he severed his ties to the organization and started working
against it. “The idea is to make less niggers so they won’t have to build houses for them. If we keep producing, they’re either going to have
to kill us or grant us full citizenship.” Dr. Charles Greenlee, Civil Rights Activist, 1968.
“It is strange that they chose to start talking about population control at the same time that black people in America and people of
color around the world are demanding their rightful place as human citizens, and their
rightful share of the material wealth in the world.” Jesse Jackson, 1977.
[Broden] It is interesting how everyone assumes that the pro-life movement in America began in 1973 with Roe vs. Wade. But we who were
around during the civil rights movement and struggle of the 1960’s, we know that the first
anti-abortion groups were organizations like the Black Panthers, the Nation of Islam, and
other community organizations. These folks were speaking out against both birth control
and abortion long before the contemporary pro-life groups of today existed. But one
of the problems with the civil rights movement was that there was far too many men and women who were willing to sell out the community, and a lot of powerful influential African-Americans
knew that they had to be willing to turn and look the other way in order to advance their
own personal political agendas. [Childress] In 1972, those members of the
Congressional Black Caucus, such as Charles Diggs, did not trust the abortion industry
or those who were espousing a population control or family health. And they were suspicious
of them. But when the money began to flow, and just as it was with Jesse Jackson when he found out that indeed he could get funding and monies to run for President from these
people, he flip-flopped in his position. Because he once said abortion is black genocide. What
happens to a mind of a person in the moral fabric of a nation that can abort a baby without a pang of conscience? Where will we be 20 years from today? But when Reverend Jesse
Jackson realized he needed money to run for President, all of the sudden, the most important
civil rights issue is a woman’s right to choose. [Broden] In 1975, Jesse Jackson called for
the ban of abortion through a constitutional amendment. And in an interview in Jet Magazine,
he referred to abortion as genocide. But Jesse Jackson, on the other hand, wanted to become
President. And the Democratic Party at that time had sold out completely to Planned Parenthood
and the eugenics crowd. And Jesse Jackson went along to get along. And don’t ever think
that he is the only one. The unfortunate thing we face, whether we’re talking about individuals
or organization, there’s never been a shortage of black leaders who are willing to sell us down the river if it’s enough money and political power in it for them.
[Yuille] I’ve been grappling with the fact that the NAACP is in bed with the very organization
that has brought black genocide to our community. Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther
King, has tried on at least three occasions to bring to this organization’s attention
the black genocidal plot of people like Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood to exterminate
the black community. And the stonewalling has been astounding. Alveda King literally
has gone to the street, along with myself, to say to the NAACP, “please deal with this
issue of black genocide.” The NAACP has responded by hiding and trying to prevent their convention-goers
to hear about black genocide. They’ve even gone to the extent of using buses to block
our demonstration about black genocide in front of Cobo Hall, where their convention
was going on. They have literally put black paper across their windows so that the convention-goers
at the NAACP convention could not see the demonstration going outside that included
Alveda King. There is definitely a conspiratorial plot being hatched and has been hatched by
the NAACP to keep from their people the fact that they are co-conspirators in the genocide
of their own people. [Childress] When you look at the number of African-Americans who betrayed us over the years, it’s not always clear whether they
are uninformed, or just out-and-out traitors. When we see pro-choice politicians defending
abortion on television, do they really understand the implications of abortion? And that it is certainly used for black genocide?
[Yuille] Reverend Benjamin Hooks, one of the future—former presidents of the NAACP, once personally told me that the NAACP would not
bring this subject to the floor because it—what they believed it would tear up the NAACP.
Even the media has conspired with the NAACP to keep this issue from the attention of the
black community and the public at large. I have seen the news media literally hide their
trucks so that they would not be in a position to have to cover the demonstrations in front
of Cobo Hall, only to bring them out after the demonstrators had left. This is an outrage
that the black community is having the life of its babies destroyed, and the NAACP and
the media are knowingly conspiring to keep this information from the public. This is
an outrage and it should be dealt with by every fair-minded American.
[Crutcher] When we look at this issue of civil rights leaders who sell out, even when they clearly know that birth control and abortion are being used for black genocide, we need
to understand that by the 1960’s, population control, especially black population control,
had become almost a religion for America’s white power structure. And from the start, they made it clear that if you cross them, or if you challenge their agenda, they would
chop you off at the knees. And that remains true to this day, whether you’re talking about
the liberal social engineers who control the Democratic Party, or the wealthy elitists who control the Republican Party, or the media, or the academic community. These people have
created a kind of family planning cartel that does not tolerate dissent. And they have always
been especially ruthless about this when it comes to African-Americans. The perfect example
of this was seen in the case of Samuel Yette. Mister Yette was an award-winning journalist
who had earned a Master’s Degree from Indiana University, was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and served as Special Assistant for Civil Rights to the Director of the U.S.
Office of Economic Opportunity. He was also a professor of journalism at Howard University,
and a columnist for several magazines and newspapers. In 1968, he had become the first
African-American reporter hired by Newsweek Magazine, and he quickly became their Washington
D.C. Bureau Correspondent. But then, 3 years later, he wrote a book that exposed high-level
plans within the United States to use birth control and abortion as instruments of black
genocide. Then, immediately after his book was released to the public, Yette was called
in to his supervisor’s office and fired. At that meeting, he was informed that his
dismissal had been orchestrated by the Nixon White House. The next year, Yette told the
New York Times that pressure had been put on Newsweek to get him out of Washington.
Then, later, despite the fact that his book was selling well, had received at least two
national awards, and was being used as a textbook in over 100 colleges, Yette’s publisher dropped
him, and the book went off the market. What’s important to recognize about this situation
and others like it was that this family planning cartel was sending a message to those who
might have influence within the African-American community. Whether they were politicians,
or journalists, or college professors, or civil rights leaders, they were being warned
that when it comes to population control, they only had two options: they could either
get on board with it, or they could keep their mouths shut. And when people like Samuel Yette
told them what they could do with their two options, they paid a price that few others
had the character or the courage to pay. The copyright to Samuel Yette’s book was eventually
given back to him. Then, in 1982, Yette used his own money to republish it. The foreword
of that edition was written by a well-known civil rights activist and Co-Founder of both
the Harlem Writers Guild, and the National Cultural Committee of the NAACP. His name
was John Oliver Killens, and in that foreword, he gave his analysis of the relationship between
family planning and the black community:
[Lloyd] In 1939, Margaret Sanger wrote that in a letter to fellow eugenicist Clarence Gamble, regarding the American Birth Control
League’s Negro Project. Gamble was an heir to the Procter & Gamble fortune, and a major
financial backer of Sanger’s. He also provided funding for other eugenics projects, and even
gave money directly to the North Carolina Eugenics Board that sterilized Elaine Riddick.
In fact, in 1947, he called for the expansion of that state sterilization program, saying
that for every feeble minded person sterilized, 40 more were polluting and degrading the bloodlines
of future generations with their defective genes. [René] Sanger’s letter makes it clear that the eugenics movement understood they would
need to neutralize the opposition they might get from the church. They also knew that this
would be especially crucial within the African-American community. Their strategy was to manipulate
church leadership into selling this illusion that support for eugenics was not inconsistent
with the Christian faith. To do this, they would often recruit pastors to be front men
for eugenics policies and provide them with prepackaged sermons on eugenics. They also
held contests in which awards would be given to the ministers who came up with the best pro-eugenic sermons on their own. This approach proved so effective that an almost identical
strategy would be adopted by the American Abortion Lobby. In January of 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand throughout the United States,
and almost immediately the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights was formed. Less than
a year earlier, the following conversation had taken place in the Oval Office of the White House. It began on the 30th of March, 1972, and continued four days later on the
3rd of April. This is an actual recording of that conversation. The speakers are the
President of the United States, Republican Richard Nixon, members of his Senior Staff.
The Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights was originally created with a financial backing of John Rockefeller, and its current president
is an African-American who was once appointed to the Washington D.C. City Council by Richard
Nixon. In the early 1990’s, the organization changed its name and is today known as the
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
[Lloyd] In 1969, a meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO, proposed that an American
Population Commission be created with a quote “large budget for propaganda” unquote. Four
months later, Republican President Richard Nixon signed legislation establishing the
Commission on Population Growth and the American future. The bill authorizing this new initiative
had been passed with overwhelming support from congressional Democrats, and was chaired
by John Rockefeller. The Executive Director of the project was to be Dr. Charles F. Westoff,
who was also a member of both the American Eugenics Society, and Planned Parenthood’s
National Advisory Council. [René] Another member of this new commission was Dr. Joseph Beasley. In the 1960’s, Beasley oversaw an aggressive eugenics program that
concentrated on black neighborhoods in New Orleans with the stated intention of a lowering welfare cost. This project would eventually be described by Planned Parenthood President
Alan Guttmacher as the number one success story in the history of American birth control
movement. It also led to Beasley being elected Chairman of the Board of Planned Parenthood
in 1970. Then in 1975, Beasley was sent to federal prison for conspiring to defraud the
U.S. Government of $778,000 that had been allocated for the project. In court, a local
black civil rights activist named Sherman Copelin testified that he took payoffs from Beasley for helping him to convince residents of the targeted neighborhoods that birth control
was not black genocide. In 1969, William H. Draper was appointed to
represent the United States on the United Nations Population Commission. Draper had
once proposed that government-sponsored population control efforts among the poor be accelerated
in order to deal with racial unrest, and to cure what he called the ghetto problem. Draper
was on the governing body of Planned Parenthood, and had personally raised more than 4 million dollars for the organization. That same year, a New York Times article about Planned Parenthood
said the organization’s Board of Directors was dominated by people who are both white and wealthy. The article went on to quote one of those board members as saying what
it all comes down to is that we want the poor to stop breeding while we retain our freedom
to have large families. It’s strictly a class point of view. “There is ample evidence that government programs designed for poor black folks emphasize birth
control and abortion availability, both measures obviously designed to limit black population.”
Comedian Dick Gregory, Ebony Magazine, 1971. “It takes little imagination to see that the
unborn black baby is the real object of many abortionists.”
Erma Clardy Craven, Chairman, Minneapolis Commission on Human Rights, and Secretary of the Urban League.
“It was not until the mid 60’s that blacks began to realize that what was called urban renewal was, in fact, what one black city
planner labeled ‘Negro removal.’” Roy Ennis, National Director of the Congress of Racial Equality, Ebony Magazine, 1974.
[Lloyd] To a large and growing number of 1960’s civil rights activists, it became obvious that family planning was just a code word
for abortion and birth control, and that it was being pushed by the government as a way
to avoid putting money into the black community. This conclusion was reinforced by statements
like those of Democratic President, Lyndon B. Johnson, who, in June of 1965, stated that
every 5 dollars the government spent on population control was worth more than 100 dollars invested
in economic growth. Then, at the urging of Republican Congressman George Bush, Johnson
became the first U.S. president to endorse federal funding for birth control. In 1966, he would also accept Planned Parenthood’s highest award for his policies pushing family
planning on foreign countries. [René] It is said about this same time, the
political leaders from both parties began to increase their demands that aid to the poor, whether abroad or within the United States, be tied to birth control. In 1965,
former Republican President Dwight Eisenhower complained that the United States was spending
money to slow the population growth of responsible families, while at the same time, providing
financial incentives for ignorant, feeble-minded and lazy people to have more babies. He said
that history would rightly condemn the United States if we didn’t link welfare to family
planning. At that time, Eisenhower was the co-chairman of a Planned Parenthood fundraising
campaign, along with former Democratic president Harry S. Truman.
[Lloyd] John Ehrlichman, who was an assistant to President Richard Nixon, wrote that Nixon
once told him that African-Americans could not really benefit from federal programs because
they are genetically inferior to whites. Later, Nixon would label birth control a national
priority and signed legislation to make it available as a service of the U.S. Government.
Then, in March of 1972, the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future,
which Nixon had created 3 years earlier with the help of congressional Democrats, began
calling for the nationwide legalization of abortion. [René] The concept that abortion and birth control could be used to save the government
money was well established by this point in history. In 1969, Joseph Kershaw, who was
a researcher with the U.S. Government’s Office of Economic Opportunity, stated that the agency
had closely studied the poverty issue, and found that the single most cost-effective
way for the government to address it was through family planning. In other words, through abortion
and birth control. And that sort of thinking is still very much alive today. On January
25th, 2009, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said
on an ABC News program that the government’s economic stimulus package should include a
large increase in spending for population control. She said that this could save the
state and federal governments the cost of having to pay for the health care and education of poor children.
Not surprisingly, Pelosi has a 100 percent approval rating from Planned Parenthood.
[Crutcher] At one time, it was common to hear politicians and elected officials openly talking about the need for population control in the
black community, or saying things like one dollar spent on family planning is worth five
dollars spent on economic development. But since we don’t hear that sort of thing anymore, it would be easy to conclude that the Government is not still involved in black genocide, but
that’s not the case. Look, it’s no longer necessary for the government to be directly
involved in black genocide, because that’s what they hired Planned Parenthood for. I mean, it can’t just be a coincidence that, at the same time when government population
control programs were backing away from specifically targeting black neighborhoods—at that same
time, the state and federal funding for Planned Parenthood was being increased by leaps and
bounds. To understand the magnitude of the dollars involved here, remember this: by 1970,
Planned Parenthood was already the 19th largest health-related fundraising organization in
the country. But by year 2000, it had moved into third place, behind only the American
Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. And a major factor in that phenomenal
growth was government funding. Basically, what’s happened over the last 40 years or
so, is that Planned Parenthood has taken billions in government money, while locating the vast
majority of its facilities in minority neighborhoods. And that has not only been a tremendous boost
for the eugenics movement, but it has also allowed government-funded family planning programs to target the black population, while insulating the government from any direct
connection to black genocide. One of the places where government money has been used to advance the eugenics agenda has been in the public school system. Although
government-funded population control programs can be found in white schools, the evidence
is that they are significantly more likely to be targeted at black schools. One example of this was seen in 1986, when it was discovered that Illinois public schools were not only
distributing birth control to children, but that every one of the 50 facilities involved
were in minority neighborhoods. When this information was made public, a local African-American
pastor organized a campaign to stop the program. Reverend Hirum Crawford labeled the project
genocide, saying that the obvious goal was to go after the Hispanic and black population.
That same pattern was also found in Maryland in the 1990’s. Even though the state’s teen
pregnancy rate was higher among white students than black students, when the contraceptive device Norplant was introduced, it was selectively marketed to children as young as 13, and predominantly
black schools in Baltimore. The result was that of the first 350 girls implanted at a
local middle school, 345 were African-American. Then, when Norplant was approved for general
distribution, of the first 100 schools selected, all 100 were in minority neighborhoods.
The Norplant contraception device was developed by the Population Council in New York, which
had been established in 1952 under the leadership of its president, John Rockefeller. Its next
two presidents, Frederick Osborn and Frank Notestein, were both former members of the
American Eugenics Society. And Notestein would later serve on the National Advisory Council
of Planned Parenthood.
“There is an element of racism in the motivation of some Americans who are promoting birth control. It’s interesting to note that family planning abroad
is being strongly advocated by some senators better known for their anti-civil rights position.”
United States Congressman Clement Zablocki, March 25th, 1966.
Four years after Guttmacher made that statement, America’s National Security Council issued a report that was intended to define the United
States government’s official policy on controlling world population. It was called The National
Security Study Memorandum 200, or NSSM 200, and it was formulated in cooperation with
the United States Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department, the Department of Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency. One of its goals was to establish
a strategy for reducing the populations of third-world countries, so that the United States could have increased access to their natural resources, particularly minerals and metals.
Among the conclusions of NSSM 200 was that no country has reduced its population
growth without resorting to abortion. The authors of the report then identified three
non-governmental agencies that would be funded to carry out the government’s population control agenda in the targeted countries. One of those agencies was Planned Parenthood.
[Clowes] One of the tactics specified in NSSM 200 was that we might withhold food aid after
a disaster if the countries do not accept the American idea of birth control, and this has happened many times all over the world. One example is the Southern American country
of Guyana, which was hit by a hurricane back in 1997. Now they had turned down abortion
and birth control for 12 years straight, but after the hurricane hit Guyana in 1997, the
World Bank said we will not give you any aid unless you legalize abortion and birth control, and that’s exactly what they did. I’ve seen this several times in Africa, where Joseph
hit and the United Nations and USAID will not assist unless they accept birth control.
I’ve been all through Africa myself and I’ve seen medical clinics that are full of birth control devices, but no safe motherhood delivery kits. There’s no anesthesia, there’s not even
any bandages there, there’s crates and crates of birth control pills and condoms. Now, while our commitment to birth control is going up every year, our commitment to authentic economic
development is dropping. So we see less clean drinking water funding, less school funding,
see less medical clinic funding. Another example is Haiti. Haiti has been hit by hurricanes
several times and the United States and other countries are saturated with birth control.
In Haiti now, any woman—90 percent of women at least, can now get access to any kind of
birth control they want to, government-funded, but less than 20 percent of the Haitians have access to clean drinking water. Now try to imagine there being a natural catastrophe
in a country like Canada, or Australia, or France, or England, and we go in there and
we say to them we’re not going to offer you any kind of aid unless you accept our philosophy on birth control and population control. That will be outrageous. But that’s our standard
operating procedure when we go to a black country after a catastrophe of some kind. You cannot believe that we are going to treat people in a foreign country like this and
not treat our own population of African-Americans the same way. Consider what happened after Hurricane Katrina. One of the first things we did was bring in birth control and contraception,
and as we all know, the hurricane disproportionately affected black families in that area. And I seriously doubt if the same kind of disaster hit a middle-class white area, the first response
will be condoms and birth control. [Lloyd] This idea that population control
could be used to control a specific population was not unique to NSSM 200. For example, before
the Nazis took power in Germany, abortion had been illegal, except to save the life of the mother. But under Hitler, the Hamburg Eugenics Court ruled that it would still be
illegal for Aryan women, but legal for women of what they called inferior racial stock.
According to the Court, encouraging eugenic abortions would promote racial hygiene and
protect the health of the German people. This new policy eventually led to certain women
being threatened with execution if they refused to abort what the Nazis called racially worthless babies.
[René] At about the same time this was going on in Germany, the government of Bermuda was blanketing the island with population control
facilities, and openly stating that their intent was to limit the numbers of blacks.
Then, in 1958, blacks in the Caribbean rebelled against the Planned Parenthood-led birth control
campaign that was exclusively targeted at non-white residents. While, at the same time,
prosperous white residents were being encouraged to multiply. Following a similar pattern,
a 1965 article in the Pittsburgh Courier Newspaper reported that under apartheid, the white South
African government was relying on targeted birth control as its primary weapon to reduce
the number of blacks in the country. [Lloyd] Unfortunately, we now know that the U.S. government was not immune to this sort of thing either. When three pro-choice researchers
investigated the original motive behind the creation of the abortion pill, RU 486, what
they discovered was that the scientific basis for it was actually developed in the United States during the 1960’s by the National Institute of Health at the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. In their 1991 book, these researchers claimed to have found data showing
that this agency was looking for an inexpensive and effective drug to control the populations
of foreign countries that the government had classified as underdeveloped. The abortion
pill was to be tested in these environments and, if successful, the plan called for it
to then be introduced into black, Hispanic, and Native American communities in the United States.
In 1977, only three years after NSSM 200 was
issued, the Director of the United States Office of Population, Dr. Reimert T. Ravenholt,
publicly stated that it was the U.S. government’s intention to sterilize one-fourth of the world’s female population. According to Ravenholt, one of the driving forces behind this campaign
was the need to protect American financial and commercial interests. Ravenholt said that some foreign governments were refusing to give the United States permission to come
into their country and control their population. He said that, in those cases, the plan was
to be carried out by two private organizations with an enormous amount of financial support from the American government. When asked by a St. Louis newspaper to name the two organizations,
he said that they were the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and Planned Parenthood.
Among government officials who supported the Ravenholt philosophy of using American intervention to control the populations of foreign countries,
perhaps the most powerful were Republican President Gerald Ford, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. In the mid 1970’s, while serving
as Foreign Policy Adviser to the Ford-Rockefeller administration, Kissinger personally helped
Planned Parenthood set up an abortion counseling program for Vietnam refugees who were being housed at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in California. This was done despite the fact
that the vast majority of these refugees were known to be strongly opposed to abortion,
and not one of them had ever requested abortion counseling. At the same time, Kissinger also
refused to hold an abortion training program that was being conducted by the Agency for International Development, which operates under the direction of the State Department.
Kissinger allowed this project to continue despite numerous complaints that it was in clear violation of U.S. law that specifically prohibited American foreign aid funds from
being used for this purpose. The commitment that Ford, Rockefeller and Kissinger had for
this illegal project may have been a reaction to something Reimert Ravenholt had said a
few years earlier. In 1973, he was speaking at a Planned Parenthood National Conference,
where he told attendees that abortion may actually be the most demographically powerful
way of controlling population. Ravenholt would eventually be honored by Planned Parenthood
for what it called innovation and vision in the population field.
[Crutcher] Years ago, a series of USA Today articles documented that there are large multinational
corporations on the New York Stock Exchange today that actually got their start in the
slave trade. When slavery ended and Africans could no longer be financially exploited,
many of those same corporations began pouring millions into the eugenics movement. The people
they had found so valuable as property, they had little use for as fellow citizens. And
again, some of those corporations and foundations, and institutions are still around today, and
every year, they still pour millions into eugenics organizations like Planned Parenthood.
In fact, if you look at Planned Parenthood’s donor list, it reads like a who’s who of corporate
America. You also have individual elitists doing the exact same thing. People like Bill
and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, Ted Turner, and many others have used their own personal
fortunes to make sure that the eugenics movement never run short of money. Of course, if you
confront these people, or these corporations about their support for organizations like
Planned Parenthood, they’ll tell you it has nothing to do with eugenics. And if someone is naive enough to believe that, that’s fine. But to me, it’s like someone’s saying, “yeah,
I’ll give a few million dollars a year to the Klan, but I’m not really a racist.”
[Lloyd] After the abortion pill RU 486 was approved for sale in the U.S., the controversy
surrounding it kept the abortion lobby from being able to find an American company to produce it. That forced them to look for a foreign manufacturer. And, after an 8 year
search, a company owned by the Chinese government agreed to manufacture the drug for the U.S.
market. The company’s management made the decision after the Rockefeller Foundation agreed to provide financial backing for the project.
[René] There’s also another connection between Rockefeller and RU 486. At the end of World
War II, the German chemical manufacturer IG Farben was identified as the company that
supplied the gas used in the Nazi concentration camps. The gas was called Zyklon B, and evidence
later showed that Farben’s executives knew how it was being used. In fact, evidence was
uncovered to indicate that Farben engineers had actually designed the gas chambers. This
led to some of them being tried at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity, including genocide
and slavery. Interestingly, IG Farben was a financial partner with John D. Rockefeller
and Standard Oil of New Jersey, and a company called Standard IG Farben. In addition, within
three months after Hitler came to power, the Publicity Director of Rockefeller Foundation,
and Personal Adviser to John D. Rockefeller, a man named Ivy Ledbetter Lee, was assigned
the responsibility of directing public relations for IG Farben. [Lloyd] After the war, IG Farben would change its name to become known as Hoeschst A.G.
Today Hoeschst is a gigantic multinational corporation with subsidiaries all over the
world, including the United States. Ironically, one of Hoeschst’s subsidiaries, Roussel Uclaf,
is the French company that developed RU 486. In other words, the same company that produced
the gas used in the Nazi death camps also produced the abortion pill that is now being
used in American abortion clinics. And in both cases, there was a known connection to
the Rockefeller Foundation.
On the week he was inaugurated, Bill Clinton received this letter from attorney Ron Weddington. Weddington is the ex-husband of Sarah Weddington,
the lawyer who successfully argued for the legalization of abortion in the Roe vs. Wade case.
“Twenty-six million food stamp recipients is more than the economy can stand. You can start immediately to eliminate the barely
educated, unhealthy, and poor segment of our country. No, I’m not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs, and disease are already doing
that. I am not proposing that you send federal agents armed with Depo-Provera dart guns to
the ghetto. You should use persuasion rather than coercion. Our survival depends upon our
developing a population where everyone contributes. We don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t
need more parishioners. We don’t need more cheap labor. We don’t need more poor babies.”
Two days after being sworn in as president, Bill Clinton issued an executive order that
allowed federally funded agencies to refer low-income women for abortions. He also directed
that American dollars could be funneled to organizations that promote abortion in foreign countries.
“The Aid to Families with Dependent Children program is the worst boondoggle ever created. When a sullen black woman of 17 or 18 can decide to have a baby and
get welfare and food stamps and become a burden to us all, it’s time to stop.”
Dr. Edward Allred, abortionist, 1980. Edward Allred is the owner of one of the largest
chains of abortion clinics in the United States. Not long before Allred made this statement,
the Los Angeles Times had reported that his California facilities were handling referrals made by Planned Parenthood.
[Lloyd] Even as late as the 1960’s, the wealthy elite who made up the eugenics movement never tried to hide the fact that their agenda was
driven by financial considerations as much as it was driven by the desire to create racial
purity. A good example of this was seen in 1967, when eugenicist and Nobel Prize winner
Dr. William Shockley caused a national uproar when he stated that it was a waste of taxpayer
money to create better schools and welfare programs for what he called ghetto Negroes.
He claimed to have research showing that people of African descent are genetically inferior to whites in intelligence and simply not smart enough to take advantage of programs designed
to help them. To save taxpayer money, he proposed that the U.S. government implement forced
birth control to lower the reproduction of the inferior classes, and then issue certificates
to become pregnant that would be sold on the New York Stock Exchange. Shockley was a national
committee member of Planned Parenthood, and a featured speaker at at least one Planned
Parenthood conference. When Florida abortion clinic owner Joyce Tarnow
appeared on a local talk show, she gave the following reply when asked what America should do to help impoverished nations that are facing starvation or other natural disasters:
-Time is running out for us. -Why is that? -In 1968, Dr. Paul Ehrlich wrote the Population Bomb,
and in that book he stated a thesis that what we should be doing is helping those nations
that have a reasonable chance of being able to produce their own food supplies. Those that cannot do that for whatever reason, those people have to just sink or swim on their
own. And what we do is try to help those societies become self-sustaining that have a chance to learn how to fish in order to feed themselves. -Wait a minute, wait a minute, are you ad—well,
I mean, I just want to make sure this is clear, are you advocating, or was he advocating basically writing off— -Yes.
-…people that have no hope of ever—because of climate or for whatever problems or feeding themselves—sort of like survival of the fittest?
-Right. And the thing is— -You agree with that? -Yes I do. The more people you help to survive, the more people are going to be reproducing
and having children beyond what we can reasonably hope to have so that we can educate, and house,
and feed these people. When Joyce Tarnow retired in 2004, she told
a local newspaper that she had tried to get as many people sterilized as are in my way.
She also restated her views on foreign aid, saying that the United States should help those countries that can prosper, but let the others wither on the vine. Citing Haiti
as an example, Tarnow said that the Haitian people should be made to stew in their own juices, because they had destroyed their environment.
[René] In order to really understand the role money plays in the eugenics movement, it is important to keep in mind that its original
mission was not to make a profit, but to eliminate a group of people that the elites saw as a
financial burden because of things like welfare, crime, taxes and so forth. And when you look
at the wealthy individuals and corporations that fund the modern eugenics movement, you
see that this has not really changed. You also see that these people are willing to
pay out big money to those who can carry out their agenda, and when Planned Parenthood
figured this out, they volunteered for the job. The result is that money has been poured
into this organization to the point that Planned Parenthood is now a billion-dollar multinational
corporation that operates the largest chain of abortion clinics and birth control facilities
in America. [Lloyd] While much of Planned Parenthood’s financial success has been because of donations from these wealthy individuals and large corporations,
it has also raked in billions from you and me. In 2006 alone, despite having made over
60 million dollars in profit, Planned Parenthood received about 350 million dollars from the
U.S. government. And in 2009, Planned Parenthood will receive approximately one million dollars
every single day from the American taxpayer. That’s one million dollars every 24 hours that comes directly out of your paycheck and mine. Now what you may find interesting
is how your money is being spent. To give you just one example, we’re going to show you part of a website that Planned Parenthood launched in 2008 called Take Care Down There
dot-com. The clip is titled “I Didn’t Spew,” and I warn you, many of you are going to find
it highly offensive, and you’re going to find it especially inappropriate for children, despite the fact that is exactly who Planned Parenthood created it for. As you watch this
piece, remember, you helped pay for it.
-Whoa guy, where’s the prophylactic? -What do you mean? -Look, oral sex is still sex, okay? If it’s
unprotected, you got to reject it! -What? -What? I didn’t even spew.
-Guys, guys, doesn’t matter. Look, if you’re having sex or you’re getting some blow-jays
or whatever, you need to use a condom. Because you could catch a sexually transmitted infection,
even if you don’t spew.
[Lloyd] Now does this clip say anything about how Planned Parenthood sees African-Americans? You’ll have to judge that for yourself. But
there’s no doubt that if this same video had been made by a bunch of white supremacists or the Ku Klux Klan, or some neo-Nazi group, we would all understand the symbolic message behind it.
In 2007, Live Action Films of California conducted an undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood offices in several states. Under the direction
of the organization’s president, Lila Rose, the goal of the project was to determine whether
Planned Parenthood officials would accept financial donations on the condition that the money would only be used to eliminate African-Americans. The following clips are
from the actual recordings of those conversations.
When this material was released to the public, Planned Parenthood’s defense was to claim
that the employees who made these statements were not reflecting the organization’s corporate
position. But in 1986, Planned Parenthood’s national president, Fay Waddleton made the
following statement during an interview on CNN: -As a matter of fact, Mr. Dornan—if I may finish—we have received contributions from
people who want us—who want to support us, because they want all welfare mothers and
all black women to stop having children. [René] What Miss Waddleton was conceding
in this CNN interview, and what Live Action Films found in their undercover investigation
was acknowledged years before by a previous Planned Parenthood President. During a speech
in Philadelphia, in January 1966, Planned Parenthood president Alan Guttmacher stated
that some of his colleagues appeared to have racial motives for their involvement with the organization. Not surprisingly, one of Guttmacher’s acquaintances later warned him
that, in the future, he should not be making comments like that in public. The person who
gave that warning obviously understood that Planned Parenthood’s racial agendas and attitudes
are best kept out of the public. And that has been a philosophy that Planned Parenthood
has embraced for many years. To this day, Planned Parenthood has never
disavowed either Margaret Sanger or her plans for targeted population control. In fact,
the organization’s highest award is still named after her, and has often been given to people associated with the American eugenics movement, including John D. Rockefeller in
1967. Then, in 2009, the award was given to Hillary Clinton, who said in her acceptance
speech that she was in awe of Margaret Sanger and admired her vision. She also announced
that the U.S. government was increasing its funding for United Nations family planning programs by 130 percent.
“Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly, growth in populations
that we don’t want to have too many of.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Supreme Court Justice, July 2009.
[Crutcher] When it comes to exposing eugenics in modern America, that quote by Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the smoking gun. I mean, here
is the most radical advocate of legalized abortion that’s ever been on the Supreme Court
openly admitting in the New York Times that the real issue was never women’s rights, or
privacy, or reproductive freedom, or being pro-choice. No. What she is saying is that
the driving force behind making abortion legal was to exterminate certain groups of people.
In other words, it was the Supreme Court’s way of legitimizing a philosophy that’s been
pushed for the last 150 years by these ultra-wealthy elitists who believe they have the right to
eliminate anyone that they have decided is inferior. And Planned Parenthood became the
golden child of these people because they’re the ones who figured out how to put this philosophy
into practice. It was Planned Parenthood who figured out that the way to make eugenics work is not to kill people, but to convince the targeted group to commit cultural suicide.
And the way you do that is with birth control and abortion. And Planned Parenthood has been
successful at this because, unlike other eugenics organizations, they have always been able
to keep their agenda hidden not only from the public, but often from their own people.
I mean, there are Planned Parenthood employees and volunteers all over this country who I’m
convinced have no idea what they’re actually mixed up in. But when Ruth Bader Ginsburg
said what she said in July of 2009, she let the cat out of the bag. She made it clear
that abortion was legalized in order to eliminate people that she and other elitists just like
her don’t want there to be too many of. And I think we all know who they’re talking about.
The fact is, when you actually sit down and research this issue, what you come to see
is that if blacks had never been stolen out of Africa and brought here in chains, there would never have been a eugenics movement in the first place. There would never have
been government sterilization boards. No one would have ever suggested putting birth control chemicals in the water supply. No one would have ever called for the legalization of abortion,
and you would have never heard the terms population control and family planning. I mean, any way
you cut it, if slavery had never existed, Planned Parenthood would not exist today.
In January of 2010, the state of Pennsylvania issued a report showing that even though less
than 11 percent of its female population is black, they account for over 40 percent of the abortions performed in the state. Then, on February 14, 2010, Planned Parenthood opened
a new abortion clinic in a section of Portland, Oregon that has a white population of under 2 percent. That facility is located on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Meanwhile, in Houston,
Texas, Planned Parenthood is building the largest freestanding abortion clinic in the United States. Scheduled to open in April of 2010, this massive facility is being built
in the middle of four neighborhoods whose residents are overwhelmingly black and Hispanic.
[King] We need to remember that over 60 years ago, a man who could today be called the father
of modern day eugenics proposed that population control clinics be concentrated in minority
neighborhoods. And now today, the vast majority of Planned Parenthood clinics are located
in our neighborhoods. Are we really so naive to believe that this is all a coincidence?
We all know that drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are devastating, especially in the black community.
We know that the big corporations target us with the ads and the marketing campaigns.
And yet, we don’t notice that Planned Parenthood is doing the very same thing? We need to pay
attention to the fact that in the 1960’s, when we, as African-Americans, began to demand
our civil rights, for the first time in American history, there began a widespread cry in our
government for legalized abortion. Was that coincidence, too? Or, could it be that when
we said we would no longer sit on the back of the bus, a place was being reserved for
us down at the abortion clinic?
[Lloyd] For most people, it may be hard to conceive that the ethnic cleansing going on today through legal abortion began with the
fear of freed slaves. But as you have seen, that is exactly what happened. When colonization
failed, Charles Darwin and Francis Galton were there to tell the world that people of African descent were just one small step above the ape, and white elitists embraced that
philosophy, not because they had studied it and found it to be true, but because it gave them the permission they needed to wipe us out. And that launched a chain of events that
quickly took on a life of its own. Every time one eugenics strategy failed, another was
invented to take its place. It was a pattern that would be continued for one generation to the next, until they finally discovered the strategy that worked.
[René] You know, when you study the Nazi Holocaust, you can see these films of Jews
running into ditches to be shot in the head. You can even see films of them actually walking
into the gas chambers, and it’s tempting to ask yourself why they didn’t fight back. I
mean, if you’re going to be killed anyway, what do you have to lose? Perhaps, the answer
is that they simply could not believe it was really happening. Maybe the normal human mind
is just not wired to accept that your fellow man is capable of such senseless brutality
on such a scale, even when you see it happening with your own eyes. As African-Americans,
we need to recognize that we are doing the same thing. We need to understand that terms
like pro-choice and reproductive rights, and family planning, are nothing more than marketing
slogans. They’re just code words that organizations like Planned Parenthood used to hide the fact
that we’re voluntarily submitting to the will of those who have been trying to exterminate
us since the day slavery ended. [Lloyd] At the beginning of this program,
we told you that the Maafa didn’t end with the freeing of the slaves, and that, in fact,
it hasn’t ended yet. Now you’ve seen the rest of the story. Now you know that legalized abortion is more than just a crime against humanity, it is also the continuation of a
150 year-old racial agenda that was founded in black genocide. And I hope that you have
also come to see that as long as abortion remains legal, the Maafa cannot end.
Thanks for watching. -Brothers and sisters, it is time.
Brothers and sisters, it is time for us to go to the streets on this issue. We need to be in the
streets on this issue. If we look the other way while our smallest brothers and sisters
are being listed in the womb, we lose the right to be outraged that we were once lynched
by the Klan. When white supremacist Tom Meso tells his followers to invest their money
in ghetto abortion clinics, he’s not talking about reproductive rights, he’s talking about
reproductive racism! When two guys write a book—talking about Steve Levitt, John Donohue—when
two guys—Steve Levitt, John Donohue—write a book in which they claim that the high rate
of abortion keeps the rate of crime down, be assured they know that a vast majority
of American abortion clinics are in black neighborhoods. They know they’re in the minority
neighborhoods. What we need to understand that when we let Planned Parenthood into our
schools, when Planned Parenthood put their death camps—when we let them put their death
camps in black communities, in our communities, and when we sit back and let an elected government
official take money out of our paycheck to pay Planned Parenthood, we have been played
like fools. The fact is, we tolerate something as evil as abortion, we cannot be surprised
if it turns around and is used against us. We can’t be surprised if it’s turned around
and used against us, we can’t be angry if it’s turned around and used against us. Know
this for sure, as long as abortion is legal in America, we’ll never be able to stop it
from being used to commit black genocide. We’ll never be able to use it as a weapon
with what I call the Maafa. The fact is, that we tolerate something as evil as abortion,
we cannot be surprised or angry when it’s turned against us—said that one, didn’t I? You know as easily—you know it was easy to spot the enemy when he was a redneck, toothless
redneck, probably spent about 3 years trying to get past the fourth grade. But today our
enemy don’t wear white hoods. Today, our enemy is wearing a white lab coat, with a stethoscope
around his neck. And what gets real aggravating some time, like a pimp, sometimes he’s black!
And this is not about political parties either, because there’s a reason I’m an independent.
Both the Republican Party and Democratic Party have been in bed with Jezebel, and the eugenics
business for more years than you and I have been alive. I will also tell you this, every
time we vote for politicians who tell us they’re pro-choice, it’s like we’re spitting on the
graves of our ancestors. Our ancestors did not break the chains of slavery, they didn’t
escape the plantations in the cotton field just so we could actually then take power
and give it to political people who are there to wipe us out!
We need to remember why there were civil right groups that fought against abortion in the 60’s. We need to understand
what it was that Harold Crawford and Irma Crawford Craven was talking about long before
abortion became legal in this nation, when they stood up and they noted there’s a real connection between poverty, abortion, and genocide. They understood it.
you know it’s time we looked at what’s been done to our children.
I had the privilege of meeting Mamie Till in Chicago years ago. She complimented us on what we were doing and my heart was
really moved sitting next to her and having this lady look me in the eye and tell me that.
Because you remember Emmett Till, and we have to remember what happened. When he was beaten
and bludgeoned so bad that, most of the time, people said “well looks like gonna be a closed
casket,” his mother decided “no, no, no!” She demanded an open casket because she wanted the world to see what they had done to her baby! And it’s time we now look and not look
away, and look what has been done to our children in the womb! It’s womb lynching!
Now the point is not that killing a black child is worse than killing a white child. It’s not. Regardless of the
victim’s skin color, eye color, or hair color, legalized abortion is a crime against all
humanity. Everyone of us. But it’s also—it’s like a loaded gun aimed right between our
eyes, and every time we walk into a voting booth and we help elected politician who says
he pro-choice, by pulling that lever—every time we pull that lever for pro-choice, we
pull the trigger on that loaded gun. And a child dies.
That’s true regardless of what party they’re in. That’s true regardless of what office they’re running for. You and I
know there’s a lot of pro-choice out—politicians, they will concede they’ll say “oh well, yes we know that abortion is this, to take a human life.” They’ll admit that. Then they turn
around—right around and say “but it should be legal.” And I have to wonder why—
no, in fact, I don’t really have to remember why, I just want to know how many of these politicians,
who know that abortion is mass murder, tolerate it because they think the right people are
Now, I don’t know the answer to that question. But I—and—but I do know
this, I know that if the Klan with or without their hoods, were to open up a whole chain
of abortion clinics and they were to concentrate them in the black communities, we will be
smart enough to know what’s going down. But I’m telling you all something brothers and sisters,
we should be smart enough to know what’s going down now, when Planned Parenthood and these other abortion businesses do the same thing.
The time has come, first to wake up, the time
has come for us to realize that we—a people are no longer being illegally lynched one
or two at a time at the end of a dirt road. It’s time for us to realize that our people
are being womb-lynched. It is time to realize they’re being legally ripped to shreds by
millions in air-conditioned rooms where sweet, soft elevator music playing in the background.
It is time for us to realize that we are in a war—we are in a war and if we don’t become
involved, and we try to look the other way, it’s gonna wipe us out. It’s called black
genocide. It’s time that we realize we have found the weapon of mass destruction, and
the weapon of mass destruction is the suction machine in Planned Parenthood.
Knowing what we know now, we can no longer look the other way. To end this Maafa in the 21st century,
we as a people have to do something. To do nothing is not an option.
The only question left to answer is:
what are we going to do about it?