How Eugenics Came to America

Margaret Sanger

Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recently commented that the Democratic Party is moving too far left. King criticized Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders’ ideas on “climate change” and the connection to “unstainable population” growth. Sanders wants government control over procreation. Dr. King feels that this will target black and brown people, unborn children and eventually put the sick and the elderly at risk.

In 1839, American physician Samuel G. Morton (1799 – 1851) wrote Crania Americana, which was thought to be the originator in antebellum America of scientific racism. He believed that the size of the cranial cavity could determine the intelligence of people. Eugenics developed under Frances Galton (1822-1911), the father of eugenics, who researched human intelligence and selected breeding in Victorian-era England.

American Progressive reformers believed in “the science of better breeding” and encouraged the more “desirable” elements of society to have more children while preventing “undesirables” from reproducing.  In the Mike Wallace interview of Margaret Sanger in 1957, she clearly stated her true motives concerning birth control.

Today, Democratic governors of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and Virginia, Ralph Northam, support infanticide and late-term abortions. Planned Parenthood, evolved from Margaret Sanger’s birth control clinics, aborted more than 19 million black babies since 1973. Black women are dis-proportionally the leading consumer of Planned Parenthood.

Author: Sandra

I am the Founder/President of the Yocum African-American History Association ( I'm a wife, mother, teacher, and visual artist (

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