I don't believe they do any longer but their founder, Margaret Sanders, was a huge
supporter of eugenics.
Whether or not she had non-white races in her sights is debatable, however, this sentence in a letter to a white doctor is at the heart of the controversy.
“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members,”
If this had been written by someone leftists don't like (i.e J Marion Sims), you can well image their interpretation would not be forgiving. In defense of Sanger they offer the following from the same letter:
“I note that you doubt it worthwhile to employ a full time Negro physician. It seems to me from my experience where I have been in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas, that while the colored Negroes have great respect for white doctors they can get closer to their own members and more or less lay their cards on the table which means their ignorance, superstitions and doubts. They do not do this with the white people and if we can train the Negro doctor at the Clinic he can go among them with enthusiasm and with knowledge, which, I believe, will have far-reaching results among the colored people. His work in my opinion should be entirely with the Negro profession and the nurses, hospital, social workers, as well as the County’s white doctors. His success will depend upon his personality and his training by us.
Interestingly enough this piece of evidence supporting Sangers is rife with the bigotry of the time
and in describing it as merely inartful
(as a defender in the Washington Post did) the left reveals the hypocritical nature of their lack of temporal consideration for anyone (ie Sims) they revile.
(NOTE: I am not a defender of Sims, but if Sanger is to be granted dispensation for the prevailing attitudes of her
time, then certainly Sims should be as well as he predated her by about 80 years)
The letter is hardly conclusive proof that Sanger was a racist, hell bent on exterminating "colored Negros,"
but it is one that was preserved and it's not far fetched to imagine that Sanger was circumspect about revealing her true feelings.
More important though is the evidence of how Abortion is the primary driving force in American left-wing politics. Clearly, it trumps concern about racism, or else the left would be castigating Sanger non-stop, and would have supported the effort of a group of black pastors to have her statue removed from the Smithsonian. (Of course, those pastors were probably all conservative Uncle Toms
One would generally consider, at its core, choice
to be a feminist issue, but the primary issue? Why else then would feminists throughout the US have voiced their support for a president (Clinton) who by any of their standards was a sexual predator? A clearly Pro-Choice president.
What rallies the left in America more than infanticide?