This is an issue that conservatives, including yours truly, have been hammering away at forever.
Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist, she addressed the KKK, and her promotion of birth control was motivated by bigotry, though it was more directed at Italian and Jewish immigrants whose birth rates she saw as a problem (as many progressives did in New York at the time) than at black people. And the disabled were meant to go. Obviously.
Democrats and the media have been loudly ignoring the issue for years. Now Planned Parenthood has decided to jettison Sanger.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York will remove the name of Margaret Sanger, a founder of the national organization, from its Manhattan health clinic because of her “harmful connections to the eugenics movement,” the group said on Tuesday.
“The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color,” Karen Seltzer, the chair of the New York affiliate’s board, said in a statement.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, which was formed when five area chapters merged in January, is now the national group’s largest affiliate and wants to recognize the Black women and others who also championed the reproductive justice movement, said Merle McGee, the New York chapter’s chief equity and engagement officer.
“We’re not going to obliterate her,” Ms. McGee said. “If we obliterate her, we cannot reckon with her.”
The New York affiliate’s effort to disavow Ms. Sanger comes as it wrestles with internal turmoil, including the recent ouster of its executive director, Laura McQuade, in part because of complaints that she had mistreated Black employees.
This is a big development. And it isn’t.
Yes, Sanger, and to a degree, Planned Parenthood and the abortion movement will get a historical asterisk next to their names. But this is also about white feminists bowing to intersectionality and the building, and anything with Sanger’s name on it, will be renamed after black women involved in the abortion industry or its related activism.
Some of the same things will happen in the environmentalist movement.
Planned Parenthood will wrap itself tighter in the Black Lives Matter flag, surround itself with black women, integrate more whiteness training, and go on killing black babies.
Conservatives pursue historical reckonings and attack double standards. And I’m one of them. But we tend to overestimate how effective such reckonings actually are with a movement that is built on constantly revising and destroying history.