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By John Zmirak, The Stream, May 30, 2018

John ZmirakYou’ve heard of the whipped-up controversy. A Starbucks manager evicted two non-customers. They happened to be black. It led to a national uproar. A new policy opening Starbucks restrooms to everyone. And a national day-long closure of Starbucks stores for “sensitivity training.”

You know what this fracas didn’t do? It didn’t stop Starbucks from supporting America’s most prominent racist group, Planned Parenthood. Thus the message of an open letter published by civil rights leader Alveda King and other pro-life activists and groups. They wrote:

As men and women who fight for the value and dignity of every human life, we ask: Where is the “humanity” and “inclusion” when your company matches employees’ donations to Planned Parenthood, whose founder Margaret Sanger was an outspoken racist with genocidal intentions?

This week, Starbucks is holding “racial-bias education” training for nearly 175,000 employees nationwide.

If you think this public relations fix means Starbucks is no longer complicit in racism, it’s time to wake up and smell your own coffee.

Active with the Ku Klux Klan and the eugenics movement, Margaret Sanger’s stated agenda was to eradicate the African American population. Her dream is being realized by the slaughter of minority children today through the horror of abortion.

With every donation your company gives to Planned Parenthood, the largest single provider of abortions in the United States performing over 300,000 per year, Starbucks is contributing to one of the most racist organizations in our nation’s history.

Abortion mills like Planned Parenthood didn’t become prevalent in the lives of pregnant African-American women by happenstance. Planned Parenthood’s business model was specifically engineered to target them.

Would You Like Some Eugenics in that Latte?

In an op-ed for The Washington Examiner, King (the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) confronted Starbucks.

More African-Americans have died from abortion than from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease — combined. In America today, a black child is three times more likely to be killed in the womb than a white child. And since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by more than 25 percent.

Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion facilities, and almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods. About 13 percent of American women are black, but they have more than 35 percent of the abortions.

End the Silence

Co-signer of the open letter, L. Brent Bozell, III, of the group For America talked to The Stream.

Really, more conservatives should be openly discussing Planned Parenthood’s racist founder Margaret Sanger. The vast majority of Americans don’t know the truth. Every Republican pro-life leader should vote against funding of Planned Parenthood. And point directly to Margaret Sanger as the reason. Any organization who claims they’re pro-life should be talking about Planned Parenthood’s history of racism. It’s the clarion call. Talk about it.

A Racist, Elitist Conspiracy

The Stream has already reported on Margaret Sanger and the racist eugenics movement. As we wrote:

The birth control movement and the eugenics movement were the same movement. … Margaret Sanger twice tried to merge her organization with major eugenics groups.

We noted that Sanger invited as a speaker to one of her conferences a German eugenicist, Eugen Fischer. He was famous for having run a concentration camp. That happened in German-ruled Southwest Africa. There he “murdered, starved and experimented on helpless native Africans. Fischer’s book on eugenics, which Hitler had read in prison … convinced Hitler of its central importance.”

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Targeting the “Shiftless”

The same names appear on the boards of Planned Parenthood and the American Eugenics Society. Not just for years. For decades. Their joint projects? These included:

  • Pursuing the birth control pill as a means of diminishing the African-American birth rate.

  • Testing early, dangerous versions of the Pill on poor women in Puerto Rico.

  • Passing forced sterilization or castration laws in more than a dozen states. These targeted blacks and other poor people. Their “crime”? “Feeble mindedness” or “shiftlessness.” Or getting diagnosed as “unfit” parents.

  • Setting up abortion clinics in America’s poorest neighborhoods.

Sanger’s associations were “a Who’s Who of the ugliest, most paranoid misanthropic elitists and white racists of the 20thcentury.” After the Nuremburg trials, “‘eugenics’ had acquired a well-deserved taint. [So] these same American elitists used the exaggerated threat of “overpopulation” to peddle the desperate need to control other people’s fertility.” They didn’t flinch at calling for “forced sterilization — a policy which Sanger had advocated since 1934.”

The main targets of American eugenicists? “Poor people, the unemployed, non-English-speaking immigrants, but most of all African-Americans.” The forced sterilization laws Sanger and her allies passed caused the surgical mutilation of between 60,000 and 200,000 Americans. And yes, the victims were disproportionately black.

Tens of Thousands of Victims

The main targets of American eugenicists? “Poor people, the unemployed, non-English-speaking immigrants, but most of all African-Americans.” The forced sterilization laws Sanger and her allies passed caused the surgical mutilation of between 60,000 and 200,000 Americans. And yes, the victims were disproportionately black.

The pretext?

[Y]oung women who became pregnant out of wedlock [Sanger labeled as] “feeble-minded,” “immoral” or “socially useless” parasites — all rhetoric that Sanger personally used in her books, articles, and at least one speech before a Ku Klux Klan rally, as she recounts in her memoir.

For much, much more, watch the searing Life Dynamics documentary, Maafa 21: Black Genocide.



John Zmirak is a Senior Editor of The Stream, and author of the new Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1986, then his M.F.A. in screenwriting and fiction and his Ph.D. in English in 1996 from Louisiana State University. His focus was the English Renaissance, and the novels of Walker Percy. He taught composition at LSU and screenwriting at Tulane University, and has written screenplays for and with director Ronald Maxwell (Gods & Generals and Gettysburg). He was elected alternate delegate to the 1996 Republican Convention, representing Pat Buchanan.

He has been Press Secretary to pro-life Louisiana Governor Mike Foster, and a reporter and editor at Success magazine and Investor’s Business Daily, among other publications. His essays, poems, and other works have appeared in First Things, The Weekly Standard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, FrontPage Magazine, The American Conservative, The South Carolina Review, Modern Age, The Intercollegiate Review, Commonweal, and The National Catholic Register, among other venues. He has contributed to American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought. From 2000-2004 he served as Senior Editor of Faith & Family magazine and a reporter at The National Catholic Register. During 2012 he was editor of Crisis.

He is author, co-author, or editor of eleven books, including Wilhelm Ropke: Swiss Localist, Global Economist, The Grand Inquisitor (graphic novel) and The Race to Save Our Century. He was editor of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s guide to higher education, Choosing the Right College and, for ten years, and is also editor of Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind.