The real ideological and historical danger to blacks in this country has been Charles Darwin and Margaret Sanger, not Confederate memorabilia. While blacks want all memories of the Confederacy removed from sight, it’s the godless doctrine of evolution and the racist origin of Planned Parenthood that are a greater danger because they are rooted in false science raised to the level of scientific dogma.
In the 1925 “Scope’s Trial,” the defendant John Scopes taught from “an approved school text called A Civic Biology by George Hunter.”1 The book is a rehearsal of “Darwinism’s social implications. In particular, chapter seventeen discusses the application to human society of “the laws of selection” and approves the eugenic policies and scientific racism common in the United States at the time.”
“Hunter believed that it would be criminal to hand down ‘handicaps’ to the next generation and regarded families with a history of tuberculosis, epilepsy and feeblemindedness as ‘parasitic on society.’ The remedy, according to Hunter, is to prevent breeding.”2
Here’s how Hunter put it:
“If such people were lower animals, we would probably kill them off to prevent them from spreading. Humanity will not allow this, but we do have the remedy of separating the sexes in asylums or other places and in various ways preventing intermarriage and the possibilities of perpetuating such a low and degenerate race.”3
Darwinian evolution validated the eugenics movement by giving it scientific legitimacy. The same was true about entrenched ideas concerning race. “Hunter believed that the most evolved of the ‘races of man’ is that of ‘the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America,’ which is ‘the highest type of all.'”4
The full title of Darwin’s 1859 defense of evolution was On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Darwin’s supporters claim that his use of the word “races” was meant to describe subspecies of animals. To a certain degree, this is true. But what did Darwin mean by “subspecies”? Didn’t we evolve from animals, actually, from less than animals? What if Darwin thought of non-whites as “subspecies” of not so evolved animals?
In his evolutionary sequel, The Descent of Man, Darwin wrote:
“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes . . . will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”5
Darwin believed that the various races were at different evolutionary stages, all distant from the apes, with Blacks at the bottom and Caucasians at the top.
Thomas H. Huxley, an ardent defender of Darwin who garnered the nickname “Darwin’s Bulldog,” believed that “No rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average negro is the equal, still less the superior, of the white man.” Huxley described whites as “bigger-brained and smaller-jawed.”6
According to Raymond F. Surburg, Richard Hofstadter, in Social Darwinism in American Thought, demonstrated “that Darwinism was one of the chief sources of racism and of a belligerent ideology which characterized the last half of the 19th century in Europe and America. . . .”7
Modern-day evolutionists will argue that evolutionists are not by definition racists or Darwin and Huxley were men of their times. The same can be said for those who were not slave owners or sons and daughters of slave owners and do not hold racist views but view the Civil War a criminal overreach in order to end slavery and oppress and control the South.
Then there’s Margaret Sanger, the founder of today’s Planned Parenthood. Steve Deace‘s “Planned Parenthood: The next relic from our racist past that must be purged,”has this to say about additional misplaced outrage:
“While we’re busy exhuming the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest in a progressive effort to purge our politically correct culture from all vestiges of its past racism, I’d like to humbly suggest the next target for cultural cleansing.
I’m sure it’s just an oversight by our friends on the Left that this particular target was overlooked for their hit-list. That’s despite the fact it’s arguably the most viciously racist of them all. So many racists, so little time I always say. Still, I’m obviously infected with white privilege (that has never actually given me anything), and even I can see this is the next relic from our racist past that must be purged.
“I’m speaking of Planned Parenthood.
“Since 1973, Planned Parenthood has helped execute 13 million black babies before they were born. That’s more than 20 times the total number of Union soldiers the racist Confederate army killed, wounded or captured during the entire Civil War. If the carcasses of all the black babies Planned Parenthood has killed and dismembered were its own state, it would be the 5th-most populous state in the nation.
“That, my dear comrades, is a lot of dead babies.
“And this systematic extermination of black America isn’t some random coincidence, but rather a well-coordinated plot that dates back to the death merchant’s original founder.
“Sanger left behind a documented legacy of racist screeds. Long before Democrats got a former grand wizard of the KKK named Robert Byrd elected to the U.S. Senate, Sanger proudly proclaimed the following:
- “(We) are seeking to assist the white race toward the elimination of the unfit (blacks).” (Birth Control and Racial Betterment, 1919)
- “Birth Control to create a (white) race of thoroughbreds!” (Subhead to Sanger’s magazine The Birth Control Review)
- “We are paying for and submitting to an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings (blacks) who never should have been born at all. That our wealth is being diverted from the progress of human civilization … Our eyes should be opened to the terrific cost to the community of this dead weight of (black) human waste.” (The Pivot of Civilization, 1922)
- “Birth control is not contraception indiscriminately and thoughtlessly practiced. It means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks–those human weeds (blacks) which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.” (New York Times interview, 1923)
- “I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan … I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses … I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak … In the end, through simple illustrations (explaining the problems with inferior races), I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.” (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, 1938)
“Sanger established her first full-service ‘clinic’ in Harlem in 1929. Why Harlem? Because, silly, that’s where a lot of the black people she often referred to as ‘human weeds’ lived. Sanger described it as ‘an experimental clinic established for the benefit of the colored people.’ In this case, she defined ‘benefit’ as the overall reduction of the black population.”
Deace concludes his assessment of Sanger’s racist views with this:
“Sanger and Planned Parenthood should be purged, just as they’ve tried to purge an entire race for decades. I’d suggest exhuming her remains as well, but given the extremely warm place where she’s likely spending eternity it may not be worth the added expense.”
The problem for those who profit from black outrage is that there’s no profit in taking on the Darwinists and the abortionists.
- Philip J. Sampson, 6 Modern Myths About Christianity & Civilization (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2001), 54. [↩]
- Sampson, 6 Modern Myths About Christianity, 54-55. [↩]
- George W. Hunter, A Civic Biology (New York: American Book, 1914), 263. Quoted in Sampson, 6 Modern Myths, 55. [↩]
- Sampson, 6 Modern Myths About Christianity, 55. [↩]
- Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 2nd ed. (New York: A. L. Burt Co., 1874), 178. Quoted in Henry M. Morris, The Long War Against God: The History and Impact of the Creation/Evolution Conflict (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1990), 60. [↩]
- Thomas H. Huxley, Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews (New York: Appleton, 1871), 20. Quoted in Morris, The Long War Against God, 60. [↩]
- Raymond F. Surburg, “The Influence of Darwinism,” in Darwin, Evolution, and Creation, ed. Paul A. Zimmerman (St. Louis, MO: Concordia 1959), 196. [↩]