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The Tragic Legacy of Darwin, Part 2

June 6, 2021

Advertisement for Margaret Sanger’s book “The New Race” endorsing eugenics, from Science & Invention, January 1922, pp. 794 and 883, Author Truth Publishing Company (PD)

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution influenced Margaret Sanger, the founder of what would become Planned Parenthood [1].  On the basis of evolution, Sanger promoted eugenics and mandatory sterilization to eliminate so called “inferior” races.

WARNING:  Much of this is brutal racist rant by Sanger

The Delinquent, Defective, and Dependent

Sanger stated in Pivot of Civilization (1922, chapter 12, “Woman and the Future”):

“…Our ‘overhead’ expense in segregating the delinquent, the defective and the dependent, in prisons, asylums and permanent homes, our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying…demonstrate our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism…Yet hardheaded ‘captains of industry’…are dropping millions into rosewater philanthropies and charities that are silly at best and vicious at worst.”

Sterilization and Segregation

Sanger’s address to the New History Society, New York City, January 1, 1932, was summarized in “A Plan for Peace,” April 1932, pp. 107-108:

“Keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race…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…”

Clear Nazi Link

Sanger’s magazine The Birth Control Review in April 1933 contained an article by Nazi Party member Ernst Rüdin, one of the fathers of “racial hygiene”.  Rüdin advocated eliminating those with hereditary defects (“untermensch”) from the human gene pool.  This led directly to the Holocaust.

Ku Klux Klan Connection

Margaret Sanger proudly acknowledged in her autobiography addressing a Klu Klux Klan rally in Silver Lake, New Jersey in 1938.

To Eliminate Defective Stocks

Sanger is quoted in “Apostle of Birth Control Sees Cause Gaining Here” (The New York Times, April 8, 1923, p. XII), as follows:

“Birth control is not contraception indiscriminately and thoughtlessly practiced.  It means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks [emphasis added] – those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”

When Sanger in 1939 began a “Negro Project” to reduce the African-American population, her racist views were obvious:

“The lower down in the scale of human development we go the less sexual control we find.  It is said the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, is just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development.”

Sanger emphasized that black ministers should be involved in the project, admitting, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population [emphasis added], and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

(All credit goes to historian William Federer for sourcing these quotes.)

This is hateful claptrap elevated to the level of science.  But these lies have had an impact.

Planned Parenthood today aborts over 300,000 infants a year in the US alone [2A].  It partners with organizations in 12 countries, globally [2B].

Since 1973, there have been well over 61 million legal abortions performed in the US [3].  More than 19 million of those have been abortions of black infants [4].  Black women have had an abortion rate nearly 4 times that of white women for at least 3 decades [5].


[1]  American Minute with Bill Federer, “Darwin v. Lincoln:  Born Exact Same Day – But Lives Had Opposite Effects”, 2/13/21, https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/darwin-v-lincoln-born-exact-same-day-but-lives-had-opposite-effects-american-minute-with-bill-federer.

[2A and 2B]  Wikipedia, “Planned Parenthood”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_Parenthood.

[3]  All American Life League, “Abortion Statistics”, https://www.all.org/learn/abortion/abortion-statistics/.

[4]  Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) Policy Report, “Effects of Abortion on the Black Community”, June 2015, https://www.congress.gov/115/meeting/house/106562/witnesses/HHRG-115-JU10-Wstate-ParkerS-20171101-SD001.pdf.

[5]  National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, “Perceiving and Addressing the Pervasive Racial Disparity in Abortion” by James Studnicki et al, Health Services and Managerial Epidemiology Journal, published online 8/20/20, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7436774/.

 This series will conclude next week.

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17 Comments
  1. And now we have Bill Gates to replace Sanger along with the present administration.

    • We are moving ever deeper into darkness, Sue. Praise God for the fact Christians know there is light on the other side.

  2. Anna,
    Great post with historical facts we should never forget. Darwin’s evolutionary theory gave people “science” as permission to hate … and kill with legitimacy for the “good” of humanity. I’m with Jeremiah on this: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (17:9)
    Pax,
    Dora

  3. Reminds me of my English set-work novel in High School, Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ and it’s Congo River setting in 1890… Whether in London or Africa, 19th century or 21st century, there is no difference between ‘civilized peoples’ and ‘savages.’ Thank God for the Gospel message, that if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation! It is, I firmly believe, this sick world’s ONLY cure and hope. We keep persuading, praying and sharing…

    Thanks, Anna.

    • I remember reading Conrad’s “The Heart of Darkness”. There could not be a more appropriate description for the human heart. Thanks, as always, for stopping by, Erroll.

  4. Isn’t it crazy how a well documented outline for a ‘needed’ way of life which is rooted in Naziism and some new world order of whacked thinking is being embraced by misguided souls clamoring it is a right— a right to choose death while playing God??!!!
    We use to call it madness now we call it our right—
    Can we get anymore upside down?? I’m afraid to ask…

  5. Thank you for sharing this information, Anna.

  6. I think the hardest thing in life is to see heartbreaking things like this and have no place or power to affect change as an individual. Other than pray for a season or time or influence place of change. I pray for those who are in place “For such a time as this”

  7. Dear Anna,

    There has been a great deal of exchanges going on here. I hope that your commenters can amply appreciate your commendable efforts in fleshing out the two-part contents regarding “The Tragic Legacy of Darwin”. I shall extend, bolster and/or complement right here some of your positions and explanations with respect to your two posts and the conversations submitted as comments.

    Thank you for compiling and covering in your posts a selected set of these well-known issues and atrocities, which are in part, and not in entirety, the tragic result of misunderstanding, misconstruing, misreading, twisting, distorting, hijacking and/or perverting Darwinian ideas and evolutionary sciences, and which are often wrongly attributed by some to Darwin’s legacy, especially by those who do not have proper training in science in general and evolutionary sciences in particular, and also by those who oppose (evolutionary) sciences for ideological, political and/or religious reasons. Moreover, there have been a very wide range of social, cultural, economic, political and environmental factors that have contributed to the occurrences of these issues and atrocities. After all, the misuse and/or perversion of religious ideas have also led to tragic atrocities and crimes against humanity, the examples of which have been numerous, worldwide and ongoing for thousands of years.

    Regardless of whether there is right or wrong in matters of belief, how one should adjudicate them, and whether one comes to realize that many people, rightly or wrongly, often believe that they have the truth, let us beware of rampant moral relativism.

    I can demonstrate with the story of three blind persons probing the elephant: one probing the leg insists that the elephant is like a pole; the other probing the tail insists that the elephant is like a string; and the one probing the ear insists that the elephant is like a fan. Only the person who has probed the most or who is sighted can be regarded as the most informed, enlightened and correct about the elephant, which symbolises the reality or truth. And only this person is in the (best) position to judge, discern, decide, choose and understand.

    There are evolutionary bases in people’s sense of morality and in their behaviours as well as in their religiosity. You will find a great deal of new understandings in multidisciplinary fields such as sociobiology, evolutionary psychology and behavioural sciences, epigenetics, brain and cognitive sciences, gene-culture coevolution, and many more. . . . .

    There has been no shortage of scientists, even evolutionary scientists, who are or were religious. Moreover, regardless of the degree to which some scientists are religious or atheistic, it is very unfortunate that too often even those who claim to believe in and adopt the scientific method still cherrypick the data and refuse to examine contrary evidences. They fail to understand and address many valid points, perspectives, domains and dimensions, and hence it is impossible for them to evaluate and change their standpoints, approaches and behaviours. You might have heard of this quote:

    For those who do believe, no proof is necessary.
    For those who don’t, no proof is possible.

    Both science in general and evolutionary sciences in particular have been so well-established, well-proven and well-demonstrated in so numerous ways and for so long across so many facets of the human life and of mother Nature that in recent years, even the Catholic Church has had to accept evolution, though on a theistic basis.

    It will be nearly or altogether impossible to claim or prove that (the theory of) evolution is wrong or invalid, for it has been estimated that if evolution (both macro and micro) were wrong then more than 99% of all scientific disciplines would be wrong too due to the high degree of cross-collaborations and confluences of data. That is not (just) my claim; and it is from some scientists who have made the interconnections and stocktaking of disciplines and knowledges. When creationists try to debunk certain parts and/or the whole of the findings of evolutionists or evolutionary scientists, they have cited certain problems with some scientific claims and/or techniques which rely on or are founded on mathematics, measurements, instruments, various disciplines and so on in very interconnected ways, and have been reliably used for a long time. For example, many instruments rely on the veracity and reliability of quantum mechanics, electronics and electrical engineering, which in turn rely on other disciplines such as physics, mechanical engineering, optics and so on . . . . It is a very highly interconnected web.

    By “cross-collaborations” (whether by design or by accident, whether independently or co-dependently, and whether concurrently or not), I meant the cumulative results, benefits and synergies from the convergence of evidence from diverse disciplines and researchers who may or may not be collaborating and/or aware of each other’s findings and activities in the first place; and I also meant that research(ers) on/in evolution and evolutionary sciences have relied and benefited, both directly and indirectly, fertilizations, findings, paradigms and techniques from diverse disciplines. Let me quote Michael Shermer from his essay entitled “A skeptic’s journey for truth in science” as further examples:

    To be fair, not all claims are subject to laboratory experiments and statistical tests. Many historical and inferential sciences require nuanced analyses of data and a convergence of evidence from multiple lines of inquiry that point to an unmistakable conclusion. Just as detectives employ the convergence of evidence technique to deduce who most likely committed a crime, scientists employ the method to determine the likeliest explanation for a particular phenomenon. Cosmologists reconstruct the history of the universe by integrating data from cosmology, astronomy, astrophysics, spectroscopy, general relativity and quantum mechanics. Geologists reconstruct the history of Earth through a convergence of evidence from geology, geophysics and geochemistry. Archaeologists piece together the history of a civilization from pollen grains, kitchen middens, potshards, tools, works of art, written sources and other site-specific artifacts. Climate scientists prove anthropogenic global warming from the environmental sciences, planetary geology, geophysics, glaciology, meteorology, chemistry, biology, ecology, among other disciplines. Evolutionary biologists uncover the history of life on Earth from geology, paleontology, botany, zoology, biogeography, comparative anatomy and physiology, genetics, and so on.

    For the same reasons, my own approach and my blog are also highly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.

    Happy June to all of you!

    Yours sincerely,
    SoundEagle

  8. Petrina permalink

    Looks like a lot of blacks have walked right into the devil’s trap because many blacks are the ones right in the clinics getting their abortions.

  9. Petrina permalink

    Thank you for posting. It is so important to know the history behind something and someone.

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