American Genocide: The Eugenics Solution Promoted by Socialists


by James Wesley Rawles, Survival Blog:

In this essay, I’d like to expose the eugenics movement for its genocidal evil and racism. The leadership of the 20th-century eugenics organizations was mostly led by wealthy socialists. Rather than re-hashing all of the detailed history of the eugenics movement here in this article, I encourage my readers to watch this documentary film: The Eugenics Crusade. The film was produced by the leftist PBS, so it has a bias that soft-pedals the strong influence of American and European socialists in the movement. But regardless, the documentary shows the insidious evil of eugenics.


Herein, I will provide just a few details on some of the leaders of the movement.

Margaret Higgins Sanger was a member of the Women’s Committee of the New York chapter of the Socialist Party. She helped organize the socialist Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) commonly known as “The Wobblies.” In December of 1913, Sanger began publishing The Woman Rebel — a radical socialist-feminist monthly journal. And in 1921, she founded the American Birth Control League. That later became the Birth Control Federation of America, and that in turn became Planned Parenthood. In her writings, Sanger often used the eugenicist term “racial betterment” and she harped on maintaining the population of “the fit” and simultaneously decreasing the population of “the unfit.”

Margaret Higgins Sanger was born to Anne Purcell and Michael Hennessy Higgins of Corning, New York. Both were socialist-agnostic immigrants from Ireland.

Long before the advent of “safe” surgical abortion, socialists were advocating contraception and sterilization. In Great Britain, Annie Besant, an English resident of Irish descent, advocated contraception. She was on the Fabian Society’s executive committee and pushed the distribution of the 1889 Fabian Essays in Socialism. Besant allied herself with the Marxist Social Democratic Federation of Great Britain, an inevitably failed socialist party. One year after the publication of her 1886 works Why I Am a Socialist and Modern Socialism, Besant led a procession of workers from London’s East End that culminated in riots and a police/military clampdown at Trafalgar Square. Those November 13, 1887 riots became known as ‘Bloody Sunday.’

Here in the United States, the Birth Control League — the organization that would eventually be re-named Planned Parenthood — was co-founded by Margaret Sanger and her younger sister, Ethel Higgins Byrne. Ethyl was a fellow socialist. (Margaret Sanger is pictured at left, addressing a 1920s KKK meeting. This is not the most flattering photo for her modern devotees, but it is genuine.)


Their friend and Planned Parenthood co-founder was communist Katharine “Kit” Hepburn. (The mother of the more recently famous Hollywood actress.) Hepburn helped organize the group’s first clinic in Connecticut. And it was Hepburn’s sister, Edith Houghton Hooker, who organized the first Planned Parenthood facility in Baltimore, Maryland. The Houghton family had founded the Corning Glass Company.  Edith Houghton Hooker was perhaps typical of second-generation industrialist socialists of her generation — being far more liberal than her parents.

The theme running all through Margaret Sanger’s The Birth Control Review magazine was eugenics. Early on, the masthead of the magazine read: “Birth Control: To Create a Race of Thoroughbreds.” In the 1930s, Margaret Sanger established the first contraception clinic in New York City’s predominantly black Harlem district. And in 1939, with the support of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger founded the Birth Control League’s Negro Project, to limit births in Southern black communities. Pictured at left is the cover of a 1932 issue of the Birth Control League’s Birth Control Review magazine. The Negro Project has been detailed in the Infogalactic Wiki:

“From 1939 to 1942 Sanger was an honorary delegate of the Birth Control Federation of America, which included a supervisory role—alongside Mary Lasker and Clarence Gamble—in the Negro Project, an effort to deliver birth control to poor black people. Sanger, over the objections of other supervisors, wanted the Negro Project to hire black ministers in leadership roles. To emphasize the benefits of hiring black community leaders to act as spokesmen, she wrote to Gamble, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the 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.”


Setting aside all of their historically revisionist feel-good rhetoric, the continuing eugenicist goals of Planned Parenthood can clearly be seen in where they chose to set up their population reduction clinics. The majority of them are within walking distance of inner-city areas, with large black, Latino, and other ethnic populations. (See the map published by Originally, most of the inner cities of the eastern United States were dominated by Southern European Catholics and Eastern European Jews. But gradually, with better rail and highway transportation and the growth of the suburbs, the majority of the inner city residents nationwide shifted to blacks and Latinos. By the time that Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973, legalizing abortion, the inner cities had already become solidly black and Latino. But Planned Parenthood continued to build most of their clinics — both surgical and nonsurgical — in or near the inner cities.

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