Maybe she’s like an old queen bee who, having done her work, gets killed or kicked out:
Black pro-life leaders condemned Planned Parenthood’s “hollow” denunciation of Margaret Sanger after Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson distanced the organization from Sanger’s “association with white supremacist groups and eugenics.”
Human Coalition vice president Benjamin Watson, a former NFL athlete, said Sunday that Planned Parenthood’s denunciation of its founder rang “hollow” in light of the organization’s current work…
“I am glad that Alexis McGill Johnson is finally acknowledging what many black leaders have said for decades — Margaret Sanger harbored racist and eugenicist views,” Human Coalition Action Executive Director Rev. Dean Nelson said in a statement. “The problem with Margaret Sanger is more than just her ‘association’ with white supremacist groups and eugenics, it’s the implementation of those views in creating the largest abortion provider in America targeting people of color.”Mary Margaret Olohan, “Planned Parenthood’s Denunciation of Founder Rings ‘Hollow’ to These Black Pro-Life Leaders” at The Stream
Some relevant facts about Planned Parenthood and Black Americans:
“According to recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, while African-Americans constitute 32.2 percent of Georgia’s population, 62.4 percent of abortions in Georgia are performed on African-American women. By contrast, whites constitute 60.8 percent of the Georgia population, but only 24.7 percent of abortions were performed on white women. Even pro-abortion groups like the Guttmacher Institute admit that “black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion.” – Arthur Goldberg, “Abortion’s Devastating Impact Upon Black Americans” at Witherspoon Institute (February 11, 2019)
Abortion is also made easy for Black American women: “Eighty percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics are within easy walking distance of minority neighborhoods and 60 percent are in minority zip codes.” – Carol M. Swain, First Things, (February 5, 2021)News, “Is there bias in terms of which babies are aborted?” at Mind Matters News
Some, like Politico’s Bill Scher, hope to explain it away using “isms”/“-ists”:
He waves off her embrace of eugenics (quoting historian Thomas C. Leonard) because it was “mainstream; it was popular to the point of faddishness; it was supported by leading figures in the still-emerging science of genetics; it appealed to an extraordinary range of political ideologies, not least to the progressives.” So, yes she was “ableist,” but not racist!Wesley J. Smith, “Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger Boosted Racism by Embracing Racists” at National Review
Such defenses are not consistent with the things Sanger actually said and did. But never mind. In a Woke environment, Sanger’s guilt or innocent will not be decided on conventional grounds anyway. The question is, would it be better for Woke politics to dump or defend her? Dump won, it seems.
Smith puts it like this: “Sanger enabled racists. Sanger gave them respectability. Sanger befriended them. Sanger viewed them as valued colleagues. Her wicked social Darwinism would have had a devastating and disproportionate impact on minority communities.”
The situation is strikingly similar to what we find with Darwin’s racism. Darwin and his colleagues and followers made racism “scientific” and, in turn, they have always been largely exempted from the current pushback. But now, if it’s not working for Sanger, maybe the magic dust on others is also wearing thin…
Note: Cancel Culture is basically fascism, tweeted. But the way Darwinism and Social Darwinism sponsored racism — because in that scheme of things, someone always needs to be the lesser human — should have been dealt with a long time ago. There are certainly plenty of other reasons for doubting Darwin and denouncing Sanger today.
See also: American Humanist Association underbuses Richard Dawkins. As a reader puts it: From anti-God hero to trans-racist zero… But the thing is, who cares about the American Humanist Association without people like Dawkins?