A brief list of things that Margaret Sanger did not actually say:
- "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated."
- "The mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than the increase among whites, is from that portion of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children properly." (WEB DuBois said this.)
- "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
- "More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief issue in birth control."
Most of these are misquotes or quoted from reviews of her work and used by right-wing, pro-life sources in attempts win minority populations over to the pro-life cause. Please, if you can find the original text of Margaret Sanger saying or writing these things, I will paypal you $10.
WEB DuBois was pro-Sanger. Martin Luther King, Jr. was excited to receive the Margaret Sanger award. He penned this in response. I’m not suggesting that you should take their favor (especially DuBois’s during his “Talented Tenth”) as gospel, but if you want to attack the history of American medicine toward Black people (especially Black women) why not use actual truth? Numbers about things that actually happened in the system instead of lies about a single white woman?
It seems that we’re being manipulated by white pro-lifers who want Blacks to oppose pro-choice movements. This all relies on the notion that Planned Parenthood is an organization that began in racism. If that’s true, are Black people expected to reject any organization or institution that began in racism? Are we?
Because, for one, we’d all have to move out of the United States. This argument is (forgive me) stillborn. It’s irrelevant, anyway. Why not talk about now? Why not spend our efforts on the socioeconomic factors that motivate abortion?
Because it’s being used to distract us from the larger systemic racism and destructive, all-consuming influence of American capitalism.
Why isn’t anyone talking about this?
Watch non black cosplayers and lovers of cosplay stay silent on this.
Man what in the FUCK
This is fucking awful.
No one should be afraid to dress up, and many POC are already afraid of rude comments. Now they have to be afraid of getting shot for cosplaying? What the ever loving FUCK.
People are disgusting assholes.
So, we’ve all seen this image, right? I don’t want to get into the business of counting numbers of deaths, because I don’t like this game people try to play that asserts the relative value of one life over another.
But I do want to talk about when Black people are told to get over slavery. This argument, designed to prevent any serious conversation about race and responsibility, usually takes one of three forms. I’m going to address all three eventually, but I’ll start with a fun one:
1) “Slavery wasn’t that bad/Slavery has a long history, every one did it.”
First, it doesn’t fucking matter if everyone did it. It’s wrong. It’s close to the top thing on the list of “wrongest things ever.” That much should be apparent. Also, it was unique in the following ways:
- its duration - approximately four centuries
- those vicitimized: black African men, womenand children
- the intellectual legitimization attempted on its behalf - the development of an anti-black ideology and its legal organization, the notorious Code noir.
To say nothing of its rare and systematic brutality. and its lasting effect on both Black Africans and African Americans.
Also, thinking that you get a free pass on something because everyone else did it reveals the mentality of a grade-schooler.
Moving on to those people who think that slavery was a walk in the park, full of fat, happy slaves who look curiously like Aunt Jemima, just tripping over themselves to make the master happy. First things first, fuck you.
But, here’s the fabulous Azie Dungey’s webseries Ask a Slave, which is a humorous take that I hope you enjoy because I’m about to be stone-cold serious. Let’s start with a look at the Slave Code of South Carolina, which includes such family favorites as
- Any slave attempting to run away and leave the colony (later, state) receives the death penalty
- Any slave who evades capture for 20 days or more is to be publicly whipped for the first offense; branded with the letter R on the right cheek for the second offense; and lose one ear if absent for thirty days for the third offense; and castrated for the fourth offense.
- Owners refusing to abide by the slave code are fined and forfeit ownership of their slaves
- Slave homes are to be searched every two weeks for weapons or stolen goods. Punishment for violations escalate to include loss of ear, branding, and nose-slitting, and for the fourth offense, death.
- No slave shall be allowed to work for pay, or to plant corn, peas or rice; or to keep hogs, cattle, or horses; or to own or operate a boat; to buy or sell; or to wear clothes finer than ‘Negro cloth’
That’s right, there were multiple legal penalties for being merciful and/or decent to your slaves. Violence against slaves was mandatory, and the failure to commit such violence was punishable by law. Rape and brutality were widespread. Have you seen the diagram of the slave ship? Of course you have:
These people crossed an ocean packed this way. So, you know that’s pretty bad. Please don’t walk around with the notion that it was fun or fancy-free.
Like this guy:
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance…slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children.
Or this guy, at a Conservative Political Action Convention:
The session’s moderator, K Carl Smith, described himself as a “Frederick Douglass Republican”, an audience member interjected. “When Douglass came through slavery … he [wrote] a letter to his former slave master and said: ‘I forgive you for all the things you did to me’,” Smith said.
From the floor, Scott Terry, pictured, asked: “For giving him shelter and food for all those years?”
So, it wasn’t good or sweet or nice. Disabuse yourself of that ignorance please. So, the first point I want to posit is that if something is sufficiently bad, like, oh, I don’t know, the systematic enslavement, abuse, murder, and rape of millions of people, maybe we could not blithely dismiss it. Coupled with the destruction of their history, the mockery of their culture, and the whole forcing them into one huge group, devoid of ethnicity or homeland thing, I think that warrants a little memory, don’t you?
I’ll be back later for my second installment “but there aren’t any more living slaves/it was such a long time ago.”