Thursday, May 29, 2008


A little over a year ago, the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson along with the rest of the Secret Order of the Society of Black People were calling for Don Imus' head after referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team as Nappy Headed Ho's.

Let's see what has happened during that time:

- Imus was back on the air by that Fall on WABC-AM in New York (with an ever growing syndication network including WJZW-FM in Washington.)

- The Advocate based in Los Angeles posed as donor's to Planned Parenthood asking if they can give money for a specific purpose...aborting Black Babies. I am sure you have see the video on YouTube by now, but if you haven't, here you go.

That video was posted in February (Part II was posted in April.) You would think that the Secret Order along with the self-appointed but far from official Black leaders would have said something by now. THEY HAVE NOT SAID A WORD.

Enter The Rev. Dr. Clenard Childress Jr., founder of, who says that the "leaders" owe Don Imus an apology. I agree with this piece that Dr. Childress wrote. Sharpton and Jackson have raised hell over less than this. While I am "moderate" on abortion issues (by moderate I mean just because the government says you can, does not mean it's right,) I have to call out the undeniable racism of Planned Parenthood. Not even a whisper (or at the very least a real statement) about this from anyone.

Oh, and before anyone starts screaming racism about the "Secret Order..." remark, I am Black.


Mark Newgent said...

Kenny there are several eugenic skeletons in the progressive closet. Margaret Sanger the liberal saint of Planned Parenthood was a soaked to the bone eugenicist who published the top Nazi eugenicists in her magazine.I touched on this very subject at my Examiner blog a few weeks back

P. Kenneth Burns said...

and might I add, a well written piece, Mark. Now I have a clue of why coretta Scott King endorsed Mondale in 1984.

A Life Well Lived said...

So you're demanding someone say something that has not been said yet to your personal satisfaction.

That's nothing but straw-man, Kenny. Manufactured out of thin air.

Where's you're demand that Sen. David Vitter resign from the Senate in shame for his continuous and unabashed infidelity and declaration that because he hasn't resigned yet, the entire Republican Party is responsible and a "REPUBLICAN WALL OF SILENCE."

They just made a congressman quit just a few weeks ago - but maybe a drunk driving arrest and a child out of wedlock in Northern Virginia was just too much evidence to let it slide by, this time.

Or, do you think Vitter's shame is his alone, like the lone woman who answered the phone at Planned Parenthood - and no other Republican need pass judgement or speak up on the disgrace of the "family values" Republican Senator from Louisiana.

Or, and this will sting, are you getting more and more comfortable with the right-wing pattern of focusing on the real or imagined controversies of liberal African-Americans because you think they are easier targets upon which you can thrust a momentary episode of scorn?

Yes, I know you are black.

The question still stands.

Mark Newgent said...

Oh please. You are strecthing beyond the point of credibility.

You cannot compare the real issues behind Planned Parenthood and the silence of mopes like Sharpton and Jackson to the sins of David Vitter.

We are talking about the racist practices a very liberal organization that markets the murder of unborn babies. An organization born from PROGRESSIVE notions of eugenics. Ever heard of Margaret Sanger's "Negro Project? Sanger's project stated:
"The mass of significant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes…is in that portion of the population least intelligent and fit.” Sanger said “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister [Adam Clayton Powell Sr.] is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."

Jesse Jackson told Congress that abortion is "genocide against the black race." That is until he ran for the Democratic nomination.

So please tell me how the skeletons in Planned Parenthood's closet and the attendent hypocrisy of Jackson and Sharpton are comparable to David Vitter.

P. Kenneth Burns said...


I am not taking this guy seriously anymore. I think this is more of someone trying to attack me and my beliefs more than trying to engage in an honest argument about an issue.

He is a prime example of The Secret Order of the Society of Black People at it's worse.

We are going to back up our arguments, and he is going spin his wheels as best as he can in order to score a point, now matter how disingenuous the point may be. This is similar to what the Democrats are doing on Capitol Hill now and what happened in Annapolis during four years of Ehrlich.

I normally don't say this too often, but this is about me and what I believe, not about the link to the column that I happen to agree with.

Mark Newgent said...

Right you are Kenny. It just that it is incumbant upon us to throw the the truth back at mopes like this.

A Life Well Lived said...

Are you guys done reassuring yourselves.

It's a fraudulant argument, Kenneth, to declare something to be what it isn't (A youtube set-up of one person who answers the phone is not a reflection of any group's focus or intent.) and then rake people you already don't like over the coals because you haven't heard them say anything about it.

If you need a straw-man to make your point, maybe you don't have one.

It just looks to me you like you needed a weak connection between the two things you dislike and manufactured one in your imnagination.

The connection to Vitter is broader than racial issues, as I think was the intent of your straw-man post to begin with.

But, if I am wrong about that, please fill in the blanks.

If you think defending every woman's right-to-choose is a bad thing, say so. Don't strut around as if women of color are being forced to ignore all possible choices. As you know that's not the case.

Mark and Kenneth meet Faye Waddleton. No doubt you are all armed to the teeth to attack her, too. I don't think she had racial genocide in mind.

But of course, feel free to try to link anyone who espouses choice to Sanger's views in the 1920's so you can demonize them. It carries little weight but folks who are inclined to believe that there should be no right to choose - and I respect YOUR choice to think so - can slap each other on the back and declare a "job well done."

Is that a fair attack upon for Barack Obama, for example?

No more fair than damning the American automobile or one particular car company because Henry Ford was a Nazi sympathizer and anti-semite.

A Life Well Lived said...

As long as you went there Mark:

The articles published in the Birth Control Review showed Sanger's empathy with some eugenicist views. Margaret Sanger worked closely with W.E.B. Du Bois on his "Negro Project," an effort to expose Southern black women to birth control. Mary McLeod Bethune and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. were also involved in the effort. Much later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. accepted an award from Planned Parenthood and complimented the organization's efforts.
By Julianne Malveaux

She was no saint. She was more than flawed. But she did not Initiate the "Negro Project" to oppress or wipe out blacks - as the anti-choice advocates would like all to believe.

In 1930, Sanger opened a family planning clinic in Harlem that sought to enlist support for contraceptive use and to bring the benefits of family planning to women who were denied access to their city’s health and social services. Staffed by a black physician and black social worker, the clinic was endorsed by The Amsterdam News (the powerful local newspaper), the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Urban League, and the black community’s elder statesman, W.E.B. DuBois.

Beginning in 1939, DuBois also served on the advisory council for Sanger’s “Negro Project,” which was a “unique experiment in race-building and humanitarian service to a race subjected to discrimination, hardship, and segregation” (Chesler, 1992). The Negro Project served African-Americans in the rural South. Other leaders of the African-American community who were involved in the project included Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. The Negro Project was also endorsed by prominent white Americans who were involved in social justice efforts at this time, including Eleanor Roosevelt, the most visible and compassionate supporter of racial equality in her era; and the medical philanthropists, Albert and Mary Lasker, whose financial support made the project possible.

A passionate opponent of racism, Sanger predicted in 1942 that the “Negro question” would be foremost on the country’s domestic agenda after World War II. Her accomplishments on behalf of the African-American community were unchallengeable during her lifetime and remain so today. In 1966, the year Sanger died, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger’s early efforts. . . . Our sure beginning in the struggle for equality by nonviolent direct action may not have been so resolute without the tradition established by Margaret Sanger and people like her.

A little more gray than your prose promised.

Steve Schulin said...

Thanks for posting this. I had not seen the video. The acquiescence to blatant racism was awful to hear. And that the fundraisers didn't miss a beat at the idea that abortion is the killing of babies was another eye-opener.

I was glad to hear that the people of Colorado successfully petitioned to get personhood amendment on the ballot. I've really enjoyed meeting folks while petitioning in recent weeks for ballot access for the new Maryland Independent Party, and I think a personhood amendment would be good here too.

Mark Newgent said...


There is more to Sanger than Planned Parenthood would like known. The “fact sheet” you cite says “Sanger always believed that reproductive decisions should be made on an individual and not a social or cultural basis, and she consistently repudiated any racial application of eugenics principles.”

Really? Then how do you explain Sanger’s Code to Stop Over production of Children where she decreed “no woman shall have a legal right to bear a child without a permit…no permit shall be valid for more than one child.”

The “fact sheet” says that the quote “More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief issue in birth control,” is misattributed to Sanger that it is from a review of one of Sanger’s articles. The truth is Sanger proudly proclaimed those very words in her book the Pivot of Civilization. In the book she called for pruning the weeds “... overrunning the human garden,” the segregation of “morons, misfits, and the maladjusted;” and forced sterilization of “genetically inferior races.”

HG Wells in the introduction to Pivot of Civilization wrote, “We cannot make the social life and the world peace we are determined to make, with the ill bred, ill trained swarms of inferior citizens you inflict on us.”

How about Sanger appointing the racist Lothrop Stoddard to the board of directors of her American Birth Control League. Stoddard wrote the book The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy.” Here is the gist of his argument: "Just as we isolate bacterial invasions, and starve out the bacteria, by limiting the area and amount of their food supply, so can we compel an inferior race to remain in its native habitat.”

Planned Parenthood advocates may not hold Sanger’s views on race and eugenics but they explicitly created the edifice in which they operate in Sanger’s image. That has to count for something.

Also It would be refreshing for once id "pro choice" crowd was honest about exactly the "choice" being made. That is the willfull destruction of a human life.

A Life Well Lived said...

Are you saying that those who oppose a right to choose, are doing a lousy job selling it in the marketplace of ideas?

And are you claiming it is other people's responsibility to sell your message since you're implying that people are stupid and don't know what choices they have?

Or, will you just say anything as long as it looks like an argument?

Mark Newgent said...

To answer your first question. No those who oppose abortion have made there case quite clear. It is the Orwellian use of the word "choice" that belies what pro-abortion advocates want. You can all it choice but the "choice" being made is to destroy a human life. No matter how you spin it, and boy do you like to spin, you can't get around that fact.

Your second question is sophist construct and does not merit a response.

Since you did not bother to respond to the substance of my comment, it proves that you are indeed ignorant of the racist-eugenic past of progressivism. No wonder you you and your contemporaries blissfully choose to revel in it.