Contempt

“‘To use racist arguments to try to bait black people to get them to be anti-abortion is just disgusting,’ said Guy-Sheftall, who teaches women’s history and feminist thought at the historically black women’s college.

‘These one-issue approaches that are not about saving the black family or black children, it’s just a big distraction,’ she said. “Many black people don’t know who Margaret Sanger is and could care less.”

First of all, using race to influence political positions is the flagship strategy of the left wing in this country. How many Democrats did we hear during the primary insist that a vote for Barack Obama was a vote for the black community (not to mention the implication of a vote against)? For that matter, we saw feminists take out a full page ad in the New York Times insisting that Hillary Clinton “speaks” for all women. Of course this strategy is abhorrent but hearing a teacher of “feminist thought” wail about identity politics is comparable to enduring a lecture on the evils of gambling from Pete Rose.

Second, that last statement is extraordinarily contemptuous. I don’t care if Beverly Guy-Sheftall is black, white or purple. On what grounds can she make such an assumption? She specifically singled out the black community as if they were likely to be ignorant of American history. Why wouldn’t “many blacks” know who Margaret Sanger was?

In fact, all Americans would benefit from learning exactly who Margaret Sanger was – and I don’t mean by reading the BS propaganda materials pumped out by Planned Parenthood or the various right to life camps. Pick up a history book, cross reference your sources and decide for yourself whether you think the grand poo-bah of family planning was a pillar of human rights and racial sensitivity or not.

The general impulse from the left towards American historical figures is to deconstruct them. I would wager a year’s salary for example that more Americans would be able to associate Thomas Jefferson with Sally Hemmings than they would the governorship of Virginia. When it comes to various “luminaries” of the progressive movement on the other hand, the howls of defense are nearly deafening. As a matter of fact, here’s what Planned Parenthood has to say about both Jefferson and Sanger:

“…attempts to discredit the family planning movement because its early 20th-century founder was not a perfect model of early 21st-century values is like disavowing the Declaration of Independence because its author, Thomas Jefferson, bought and sold slaves.”

And comparing the Declaration of Independence to the family planning movement is like comparing sex to a high five because both make me feel just bully. But I digress. So where is Thomas Jefferson’s “fact sheet?”