the way that she worked with white women.
Trying to prove this, though, is hard as Sanger did not write explicitly about race issues, but she did have an interview published in the American Viewpoint column , titled “On
U.S. Birth and Bias Control” in 1945, conducted by white journalist, Earl Conrad. To the question touching the problems facing African Americans domestically and worldwide, she answered, “It is not just a Negro problem.” And added that the problem was similar to the people of minorities everywhere. She also mentioned that she felt that attitudes about African-Americans were slowly changing, and recounted a story about an anti-Negro white man who offered her $10,000 to start a clinic in Harlem to cut down the number of Negroes. She turned down the offer, stating the viciousness of such an act.
To conclude, she summarized it best in these few lines from the same interview: “One thing that is most helpful is to have people working together. When you have Negroes working with whites you have the breakdown of barriers, the beginning of progress. Negro groups must take the initiative, and not wait around for integration to come to them. They must get it themselves. The
struggle for it will bring it…. Planned parenthood is not aimed at any one people. It is for all, and the objective is to do away with the waste of life. A sickly race is a
weak race. As long as Negro mothers die in childbirth at two and one-half times the rate of white mothers, as long as Negro babies are dying at twice the rate of white babies, colored homes will be unhappy.”
In the next issue of Ceres Magazine, we will continue down the list of her strange involvement with controversial groups, and her regrets for such associations. We will also have fun busting all the fake photos of Margaret Sanger
photographed either with the Ku Klux Klan and/or Hitler that are still being used as a testament to her malignity.
73 | Ceres Magazine | Fall 2016
Above: On the right, Number 17 West 16th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York City, along with #5-9 down the block, is a remnant of a row of nine Greek revival houses built c.1846 which have curving front bays, a Manhattan rarity. It was here that Margaret Sanger's Birth Control Research Bureau was located from 1930 to 1973. #19 and 21 are built in the same style and on the same scale, but with simpler detailing, and have notable ironwork, while the cast-iron balcony and railing of #23 (on the far left) are notable. Each house was individually designated a NYC landmark in 1990. (Sources: AIA Guide to NYC (4th ed.), Guide to NYC Landmarks (4th ed.)) Wikepedia. Credit: Beyond My Ken.
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