(Norfolk, Virginia) Last week a national group of black ministers (MINISTERS TAKING A STAND – “MTS”) headed by Founder and President, Bishop E.W. Jackson, sent a letter to the National Portrait Gallery that read:
“We will not remain silent while the National Portrait Gallery venerates someone who sought to eradicate our very existence. Ms. Sanger was a racist, elitist, and her beliefs led to incalculable destruction of unborn human life, particularly black life. She was no hero.”
“Margaret Sanger is included in the museum’s collection, not in tribute to all her beliefs, many of which are now controversial, but because of her leading role in early efforts to distribute information about birth control and medical information to disadvantaged women …”
Frankly,” Jackson said, “the NPG entirely, and perhaps intentionally, misses the point. Sanger’s motivation was not to help poor women, but to prevent them from having babies that she classified as the “defective” children (her term) of “defective” women. The museum’s response is the equivalent of saying, ‘Hitler may have been a controversial figure, but he did a lot to help the cause of population control.’ It is disrespectful and trivializes Sanger’s barbarity.”
Jackson added, “The black community is outraged when they learn that Margaret Sanger is venerated as a champion of justice alongside Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.” The MTS letter to the NPG reads, “If Sanger’s vision had been realized, MLK and Rosa Parks would never have been born.”
The letter represents the start of a campaign to expose the racism of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, which she founded. MTS will hold a rally and press conference in front of the National Portrait Gallery, to confront Museum officials and present the petition signatures. CitizenGo.org is partnering with MTS by hosting the online petition and collecting signatures.
For more information please contact Sandy Adams | (757) 375-6444 | [email protected]