Black pastors petition Smithsonian to remove bust of Planned Parenthood founder

The question raised by the above headline is not whether the Smithsonian Institution will comply with the demand in a letter coauthored by a group of black clergymen who call themselves “Ministers Taking a Stand.” It is, rather, what a bust in bronze of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger is doing in the National Portrait Gallery’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit in the first place.

As the letter notes, Sanger was a proponent of black eugenics.

Perhaps the Gallery is unaware that Ms. Sanger supported black eugenics, a racist attitude toward black and other minority babies; an elitist attitude toward those she regarded as “the feeble minded;” speaking at rallies of Ku Klux Klan women; and communications with Hitler sympathizers. Also, the notorious “Negro Project” which sought to limit, if not eliminate, black births, was her brainchild. Despite these well documented facts of history, her bust sits proudly in your gallery as a hero of justice. The obvious incongruity is staggering!

Perhaps your institution is a victim of propaganda advanced by those who support abortion….

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Or perhaps, more probably, the Smithsonian doesn’t give a damn about this incongruity. The organization, which received $819.5 million, or 60%, of its funding for fiscal year 2015 from the federal government (read taxpayers like you), has long been a sounding board for liberal ideals. For the 2010 Christmas season, the National Portrait Gallery featured a video still of Jesus, post-crucifixion, covered with ants and a photograph of two naked brothers sharing a passionate kiss. Complaints from Christians and those who took questioned the appropriateness of the gay eroticism fell on dead ears.

This time, the grievances will be taken seriously because they come from a protected classes, blacks. Will the grumblings be enough to coerce the Smithsonian into forsaking another protected class, women? At a time when with the left is busily circling the wagons around Planned Parenthood’s recently highlighted atrocities, the decision seems like a no-brainer. The statue stays.

(h/t Penny Star, CNSNews)

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Howard Portnoy

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Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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