While we’re in the business of removing racist symbols, many pro-life advocates have been calling for the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. to take down a bust of racist, eugenicist Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood.
Now, they’ve been joined by a U.S. Congressman in the form of Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-ID), who, LifeNews reported, is concerned that “an avowed racist and eugenicist is featured so prominently” in the museum.
“In recent weeks, our nation has confronted the issue of racial injustice with the killing of George Floyd. Seeing a police officer kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while he screamed, ‘I can’t breathe,’ sent shock waves through America, re-igniting a national conversation on race and inequity in our society,” Fulcher wrote.
“Ms. Sanger’s writings and teachings stand in sharp contrast to America’s founding principles which embrace equality, justice and human rights for all,” he continued.
This letter comes as part of a national campaign calling for Sanger’s likeness to be removed from the world’s largest museum.
The Stanton Public Policy Center, a woman’s pro-life advocacy and education group, has been leading the charge.
“During these challenging times, it is critical the National Portrait Gallery provide us with examples of heroes who offer hope and courage which inspire each of us to work for a nation where all are treated with dignity and equality,” said Brandi Swindell, founder and CEO of the organization. “Sadly, Margaret Sanger’s racist views and actions stand in stark contrast to these lofty ideals.”
Although Sanger is notorious for her well-known views on eugenics and race, she has nonetheless been admired for years in the Smithsonian’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit meant to honor “champions of justice.”
The organization she founded, Planned Parenthood, would go on to facilitate the abortions of 20 million unborn black babies since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Chief strategy officer for Stanton Public Policy Center, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, said the time has come for the museum to stop honoring such a figure.
“The national campaign to remove the bust of a racist like Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery is not an attempt to rewrite or change history. Rather, it is a way to ensure we celebrate individuals whose lives reflect and embody the very best of who we are as a nation and honor the values we cherish,” Mahoney said.
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