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Questions for those outraged by the fact that Margaret Sanger may or may not have been a proponent of eugenics at the beginning of the Jim Crow era 20th century: Should we denounce our founding fathers because they owned slaves? Should we take a stand and remove them from our currency? And another great president, Teddy Roosevelt, spoke openly about the inferiority of other races and the need to occupy foreign countries in order to lead and "take care of" the infantile natives who lived there. How about Ford Motor Company? Henry Ford was a racist, devout anti-Semite, and another proponent of eugenics. Should we demand they change their name and denounce Ford? Should we boycott them? Did you know Prescott Bush's Wall Street partner funded the Eugenics Record Office in Cold Springs Harbor? And what about Winston Churchill's proposal that the poor and "otherwise unfit" be sterilized? Unfortunately this country has a history drenched in racism. Calling Sanger out and inferring Planned Parenthood is currently advancing the ideals of eugenics is a red herring – and you know that.

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Posted by velouria on 03/25/2011 at 11:47 AM

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