UPDATE: If you agree Margaret Sanger’s inclusion on a list of great American Women is despicable, click HERE to sign the petition.
Women on 20s is a non-profit organization dedicated to convincing President Obama it’s time to remove Andrew Jackson’s face from the $20 bill and replace it with the likeness of a great American woman. The group is rallying online support and site visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite new-face-of-the-twenty-spot from a list of 15 candidates. Why is this important? Watch.
Okay. If you think this latest feminist cause du jour seems like a bunch of radical liberals making a mountain out of a mole hill (again), you’re not alone. I kind of think it’s a bunch of silly nonsense, but it might surprise you to discover – exploitation of cute little kids in video propaganda notwithstanding – I don’t have a problem with it. Seriously, it’s gives angry wackadoodles something to do beside whine about their (insert sarcasm) reproductive rights and the imaginary (make finger quotation marks) gender wage gap. Plus I’m not exactly a fan of Andrew Jackson. Did I mention historians credit him with founding the democratic party?
Since I don’t have a problem with an online campaign to get an American heroine’s face on the $20 bill, you’re probably thinking oh good…this is going to be a short post…no ranting and raving about radical liberal feminists and their propensity to procreate mythical social injustices. WRONG. I am going to rant because as it turns out I do have a problem.
I have a problem with the Women on 20s list of candidates. Specifically, Margaret Sanger. Do these folks even know who Margaret Sanger is??? Apparently not, because they praise her as some sort of saintly advocate of women and credit her as the first to proclaim, “No woman can call herself free who cannot own and control her body.” Excuse me, but I think I just vomited in my mouth.
Margaret Sanger carved herself a place on America’s timeline all right. She championed the fight to legalize birth control and abortion, and she founded the largest, most prolific abortion business in the country…Planned Parenthood. Conveniently forgotten or simply ommitted by the folks at Women on 20s, however, are Margaret Sanger’s eugenic philosophies and the true motivation of her life’s work.
The fact is, Margaret Sanger was a deplorable, racist genocidist who led a crusade to exterminate minorities and poor immigrants. Don’t believe me? Fortunately, Ms. Sanger was a prolific writer, so there’s an abundance of primary sources serving to depict her ideology… in her own words. Let’s examine some of them.
In Pivot of Civilization, Sanger describes African-Americans and immigrants as “human weeds,” “reckless breeders,” and “spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”
In Woman and the New Race, she argued we should “apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”
And finally in Women, Morality and Birth Control, she writes, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the 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.” (I added the bold to be sure you wouldn’t miss that part.)
At first I thought this campaign to reface the $20 bill was simply one more harmless feminist whack-job waste of time. Yeah. Now…not so much. The name Margaret Sanger should not even be uttered in the same breath as Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Clara Barton, let alone be included on any list of great American women. Instead of sharing Sanger’s radical beliefs and exposing her for the monster she was, Women on 20s chooses to sanctify her.
Shame on you, Women on 20s. Shame on you.
By the way, where are all the girls on U.S. money? Things are never as bad as the angry wackadoodles would have you believe. There have been a few.
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