Members of the Black Elite Wanted to Sterilize the Black Poor [Video]

Members of the Black Elite Wanted to Sterilize the Black Poor [Video]
October 05 09:03 2015 Print This Article

During every abortion debate, someone inevitably points to Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger and her role in eugenics programs. In so far as the black community is concerned, Sanger’s past is viewed as evidence that she wanted to sterilize black women. Fair enough. What’s often omitted from the conversation, however, is how many members of the Black Elite shared her goal of using black eugenics to weed out genetically unfit black people.

In an essay at Black Agenda Report, Pascal Robert describes the support for eugenics by these “race managers”:

What many don’t know is that DuBois’ Talented Tenth, who made up the first Black Mis-leadership class, were often Black Eugenicists who believed in selective breeding and Black population control through birth control techniques including forced and voluntary sterilization of poor Black women. These techniques would be used to purify the race of its “dysgenic” types as a means of racial uplift.

In Search of Purity: Popular Eugenics and Racial Uplift Among New Negroes 1915-1935,” by Dr. Shantella Y. Sherman illustrates the tragic history of how some of the early 20th Century Black Mis-leadership class fully supported eugenic theory using racial sterilization couched in language supporting birth control to limit the ability of poor Black women to have children. A veritable who’s who of early 20th century Black history from W.E.B. Dubois, Mary McCloud Bethune, Charles Drew and more were supporters of this widely supported Black Eugenics movement to basically rid America of the Black poor.

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I have not yet read Dr. Sherman's book, but I will. I did read Pascal Robert's article in BAR a week or so ago. He's always informative -- a clear headed critical thinker.

My only criticism of his article is, while he emphasized the importance of class, and correctly posited that a strict racial analysis often overlooks class significance, he failed to inform readers that Marcus M. Garvey (the ultimate Race man) was the only widely recognized Black leader of that historical period who refused to sign off on Sanger's obvious genocidal prescriptions.

What is often not understood is that the Eugenics Movement was / is far more widespread than most people know. It influenced / influences nearly all areas of intellectual thought, and gave rise to so-called IQ and other types of "intelligence" tests fraudulently presented as measures of intelligence, i.e., the quality of one's "stock." When all they actually measure -- in addition to one's level of testing anxiety -- is one's culture, socioeconomic status, and experiential (environmental) exposures. This scam denigrates and labels Blacks as "inferior" either directly or by implication to this very day.

Regarding Blacks and the class question in relation to "middle-class," or "talented tenth," Blacks supporting the sterilizing of poor Blacks, that is not surprising.

In our own day, we hear "made-it" Blacks like Bill Cosby, Charles Barkley, et al. publicly denigrating poor Blacks as unworthy. They, like their white racist counterparts, often make reference to poor Blacks' "breeding" propensities, e.g., Cosby's "35 year old grandmothers," etc.

That being said, it may be a mistake to "classify" matters as the Black "talented tenth," versus poor Blacks. The so-called talented tenth were no more talented than the "share cropper," of that era in which my own heritage is rooted. What they had were opportunities denied other Blacks. Even today, what they have are opportunities denied Lil' Ray on the block.

Lastly, what these Blacks had that caused them to take such positions was steady pay-checks from their "liberal" sponsors. The same as today. How interesting it is that today, those liberal sponsored Blacks still support controlling Blacks' population growth (usually among the poor) via Sanger's instrumentations conveniently placed in poor Black neighborhoods. On the other end of the pole, there are Blacks who oppose these instrumentations (Black conservatives), while at the same time they support the idea of Black inferiority by claiming that the Black poor are poor, not because of public policies, but their own "lack of personal responsibility."

Given this, one must wonder if this is a "class" issue, or an issue of which white supremacist ideology one is being paid by.

Perhaps when I read Dr. Sherman's book I will be more clearer.