Activist Star Parker was joined by concerned black pastors on the steps of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery on August 27 to demand the removal of a portrait bust of Margaret Sanger – a widely known racist and promoter of the racist pseudo-scientific theory of racial superiority called eugenics. The bust was a component of an exhibit entitled "Struggle for Justice." The conference was attended by other media such as CNN and Fox. Also attending were pro-life activist Lila Rose, and Brent Bozell III of the Media Research Center.
A representative of the National Portrait Gallery met the delegation in front of the Sanger bust and accepted a petition to which were affixed 14,000 signatures of Americans demanding its removal.
Star Parker spoke at the Washington, DC rally to demand the removal of Margaret Sanger's portrait bust
Sanger, a founder of Planned Parenthood, advocated the elimination of black people through abortion, contraception, and compulsory sterilization. "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members," wrote Sanger in 1939.
In advance of the protest, Parker wrote "But The Smithsonian, funded by our tax dollars, celebrates this woman, even mentioning her promotion of eugenics! They don't even hide it! It is breath-taking in it's idiocy!" She added, "This exhibit is another left-wing effort to rewrite our history and lift-up the left's heroes! This leftist world view must be corrected!"
Joining Parker was Rev. E.W. Jackson – an outspoken black Christian conservative Republican – who also demanded the removal of the depiction of Sanger from the exhibit. “We know that Planned Parenthood and abortion,” said Jackson at the protest, "had far more disproportionate impact on the black community. And for some reason that reason has been completely ignored by liberals and often by the mainstream media."
Star Parker leads civil rights leaders through the halls of the National Portrait Museum to present a petition to a representative of The Smithsonian's National Portrait Museum.
Jackson said that Sanger sought to reduce the number of black Americans through the use of eugenics. The history of the eugenics movement in the United States, which greatly influenced Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist party of Germany, is thoroughly recounted in a book by Edwin Black entitled, “War Against the Weak.” Jackson recounted how Sanger once referred to blacks as “human weeds” and “human waste.”
"There is no moral test for people to be accepted into the National Portrait Gallery," wrote National Portrait Gallery director Kim Sajet. "Her association with the eugenics movement shadowed her achievements in sex education and contraception, making her a figure of controversy, one whose complexities and contradictions mirror her times." Jackson said the director's response "avoids the issue and whitewashes Sanger." Jackson of the gallery, "If they must recognize her 'historical significance,' place her with busts of Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Goebbels, Pol Pot, and Dr. Mengle," adding, "This would put her in proper historical context with the infamous and evil figures who committed genocide."
Another attendee, Rev. Johnny Hunter of the Frederick Douglass Foundation said of Sanger's depiction, "The last thing we need is a white supremacist sitting between the bust of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks." Said Hunter, "That is a slap in the face of black folks and I hope the curator can understand that."
In recent weeks, due to undercover videos recorded by the Center for Medical Progress, calls have increasingly come from the public and Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood, which currently receives approximately $500 million annually in taxpayer money. The videos recorded conversations between actors hired by CMP and officials of Planned Parenthood in which the sale of fetuses was discussed, contrary to Federal law.
During the current presidential campaign, retired neurosurgeon and GOP candidate Ben Carson said of President Barack Obama's support for Planned Parenthood, "You wonder if he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people," Carson replied. "That was the whole purpose of it."