There as been a lot of talk and coverage about the Anti-Abortion billboards posted in various cities that warn of Black children being an “Endangered Species” [click here for a mashup of articles and perspectives]. That’s an interesting term “species”. I feel that using that term to describe a race of people lessens their humanity. We normally usually use this term when referring to animals, mammals, or beasts, not people. Oddly, it brings to mind the 20th Century Eugenics movement.
Eugenic ideology was popular in the early 20th century. Just Google eugenics and you’ll find out. There is a documented link between Abortion in America and eugenics that should not be overlooked.
Eugenicists strongly espoused racial supremacy and “purity”,” particularly of the “Aryan” race. Eugenicists hoped to purify the bloodlines and improve the race by encouraging the “fit” to reproduce and the “unfit” to restrict their reproduction. They sought to contain the “inferior” races through segregation, sterilization, birth control and abortion. – source
You may not be aware but, there was a time in America where many black people were sterilized due to these types of beliefs. The excuses given were that those who were feeble minded, idiots, morons, insane, syphilitic, epileptic, and/or criminal were not fit to live with the rest of society and should not be allowed to procreate. Feeble-mindedness and criminal tendencies were often cited in the case of blacks. Unwed mothers also fell victim. However, I should note that poor whites and other immigrants also suffered from sterilization. Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924 is just an example:
Eugenics Activists Bend the Law to Target Minorities
From the very beginning the motive behind the eugenics laws had been to eliminate ethnic minorities, especially “Negroes.”
Writing in an infamous 1893 “open letter” published in the Virginia Medical Monthly, Hunter Holmes McGuire, a Richmond physician and president of the American Medical Association, asked for “some scientific explanation of the sexual perversion in the Negro of the present day.” McGuire’s correspondent, Chicago physician G. Frank Lydston, replied that African-American men raped white women because of “[h]ereditary influences descending from the uncivilized ancestors of our Negroes.” Lydston’s solution to this problem was not lynching, but surgical castration which “prevents the criminal from perpetuating his kind.”
In 1935, a decade after the passage of Virginia’s eugenics laws, Plecker expressed the desire to use forced sterilization on minorities in correspondence with Walter Gross, director of Nazi Germany’s Bureau of Human Betterment and Eugenics. Plecker described Virginia’s racial purity laws and requested to be put on Gross’ mailing list. Plecker commented upon the Third Reich’s sterilization of 600 children in Algeria who were born of German women to black fathers. “I hope this work is complete and not one has been missed,” he wrote. “I sometimes regret that we have not the authority to put some measures in practice in Virginia.”
Despite lacking the statutory authority to sterilize black, mulatto and American Indian children simply because they were “colored”, a small number of Virginia eugenicist in key positions found ways to achieve their end. The Sterilization Act gave State institutions, including hospitals, psychiatric institutions and prisons, the statutory authority to sterilize persons deemed to be “feeble minded” — a highly subjective criterion.
Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout eugenicist who created the Negro Project. Many say it was designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? Continue reading