By Olivia Murray
Published: July 19, 2021
(4 minute read)
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ma’Khia Bryant.
In less than a year, three Americans who lost their lives during confrontations with law enforcement radically changed the political and societal landscape. Their deaths became catalysts for national movements, and under the banner of Black Lives Matter (BLM), the plight of black citizens has quickly become a focus for millions of people. So what does it actually mean for black lives to matter?
According to the official website:
“Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression [emphasis added].”
This position is further propagated by corporate media, politicians, academia and big business. We are told our institutions are rooted in racism and white supremacy, and until this issue is addressed, our heritage and culture are defined by the grievous sins of our past. Underneath every facet of American life is “structural” or “systemic” racism, and at every turn, black Americans face varying degrees of racial discrimination.
Although I identify as a politically conservative Christian and proud American, I wholeheartedly agree with the assessment made by the official organization of BLM; my black countrymen are in fact deliberately targeted for execution because of the color of their skin. However, Truth has been exchanged for a lie, and a far more insidious enemy is masquerading behind a scapegoat.
Considering the barrage of the news cycle, we might be tempted to believe black Americans are most in danger when navigating daily life in this country due to such profound and ever-present “racism.” Images of Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd, catchphrases like “hands up don’t shoot,” or emotional pleadings from family members dealing with the loss of their loved ones. However, despite the politicization of tragedies by the mainstream media, the most dangerous place for a black American to be is the womb.
According to the Guttmacher Institute (the research and policy arm of Planned Parenthood), black women obtain abortions 5 times more often than white women. Although black women make up only 12.9% of the total population (consider the fact that child-bearing age women make that number even smaller), they procure 37% of the abortions nationwide.
One particular damning statistic is found within data released by the New York City Health Department. Between 2012 and 2016, a black child was more likely to face execution in utero than to be born alive. These discrepancies are extreme, and evidence the black community is disproportionately affected by this brutal procedure.
In order to address the question posed in the title of this article, we must lay bare the ideologies held by a prominent figure of the American abortion campaign.
Margaret Sanger may be one of the most destructive yet unrecognized radical feminists of the 20th century. Sanger initially established the American Birth Control League (ABCL), which eventually became Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (or what we commonly refer to today as Planned Parenthood).
She was a devoted member of the eugenics movement, and in 1926, Sanger was a featured speaker for a women’s affiliate of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) at a rally in New Jersey. Up through her death, she closely allied with men like Lothrop Stoddard, who penned The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy; and Madison Grant, the author of The Passing of the Great Race; and Adolphus Knopf, the physician who cautioned against the danger of the “black and yellow peril” (Fleury, 2015).
Sanger published “The Birth Control Review,” which routinely featured overt pitches for racism and eugenics. In 1933, this magazine ran articles from men like Ernst Rudin and Leon Whitney. Rudin, a close colleague of Sanger, was the Director of Genetic Sterilization under the Nazi Regime after playing a high-profile role in establishing the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene. Whitney joined Rudin in service to Adolf Hitler, writing an article commending the “race-purification” programs of the Third Reich (Grant, 1995).
In 1939, Sanger founded the “Negro Project.” This initiative aimed to bring access to birth control and abortion to the black community of the South, and in a private correspondence to business partner Dr. Clarence Gamble, Sanger wrote, “we do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
However, black extermination is Sanger’s legacy, and under the guise of “reproductive justice” and “human rights,” our country has allowed for a genocide. In 2018, abortion statistics showed that an average of 912 black children were murdered in the womb every day. Abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community, and this is the real pandemic.
Historical evidence inarguably proves Planned Parenthood (the country’s largest abortion provider) was born out of racism and white supremacy. We’ve been sold a fraudulent bill of goods, and the true perpetrator of institutional racism has been cloaked behind a bogeyman.
The “deadly oppression” referenced by the founders of BLM is not coming from law enforcement; it is coming from abortion mills and the American Left. Until those who believe they are fighting for black lives join the fight against abortion, they cannot claim to care about “Black folks’ humanity.”
Fleury, B. (2015). The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Diabolical, Duplicitous, Dangerous, Disastrous and Deadly Plan for Black America (p. 97). Dorrance Publishing Co.
Grant, G. (1995). Killer Angel (pp. 71–72). Ars Vitae Press.