Margaret Sanger - Colored people are like human weeds and need to...

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Colored people are like human weeds and need to be exterminated.


Who is Margaret Sanger?

Margaret Sanger is a prominent historical figure who worked to promote easy access to and education about birth control. She founded several organizations including the organization which we know today as Planned Parenthood. Due to the connection to Planned Parenthood, Sanger is a political target for those who disagree with Planned Parenthood's mission.

Clues pointing toward Propaganda

prop·a·gan·da: information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

In this false quote, Sanger is put forward as a merciless racist bent on the destruction of non-white people. Then it is paired with a picture of Hillary Clinton, a current Presidential Candidate in 2015, professing support for Sanger's historical work. It is a common manipulative technique to place two things next to one another to insult or taint the intended target. Clinton, not Sanger, is not the intended target in this Quote Fail. It is important to note that the attack against Clinton doesn't attack Clinton's positions on public policy, a clear sign of a manipulative intent. The attack attempts to smear Sanger, with a false attack, and then taint Clinton by association.

That is a big red flag when analyzing the truthfulness of a claim.

If Clinton held the position being asserted in the image, the creator of the image could simply have shown a quote from Clinton and made the attack directly. When you see the attack get shifted to someone else in this fashion, it is a strong indicator that the intended target isn't actually guilty of the claimed offense. That's the reason the attack needs to be shifted elsewhere.

Sanger's Relationship with the Black Community

In 1939, Sanger founded the Negro Project which was an effort to educate the black community about birth control, because Sanger felt that the ability to control family planning was a critical step to economic success. She felt the systemic discrimination against the black community had prevented them from being able to economically thrive.

Esther Katz, a historian who studies Sanger, wrote this about the Negro Project:

she simply hoped to help "a group notoriously underprivileged and handicapped to a large measure by a ‘caste' system that operates as an added weight upon their efforts to get a fair share of the better things in life. To give them the means of helping themselves is perhaps the richest gift of all. We believe birth control knowledge brought to this group, is the most direct, constructive aid that can be given them to improve their immediate situation."

Sanger worked with many people in the black community throughout her career. This seems greatly at odds with the monstrous desire claimed by the quote in the image.


This appears to have originated from a book by Roger L. Roberson, Jr, The Bible & the Black Man: Breaking the Chains of Prejudice (2007), p. 18, according to Wikiquote.