Killer Angel: Margaret Sanger in Her Own Words

“We must discourage the defective and diseased elements ofhumanity from their reckless and irresponsible swarming and spawning.”

“The mass of Negroes, particularly in the South, still breedcarelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes,even more than among Whites, is from that portion of the population leastintelligent and fit.”

“Wepropose to hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-servicebackgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educationalapproach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word togo out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister isthe man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their morerebellious members.”
“The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of itsinfant members is to kill it.”
“The government of the United States deliberately encouragesand even makes necessary by its laws the breeding–with a breakneckrapidity–of idiots, defectives, diseased, feebleminded, and criminalclasses.  Billions of dollars areexpended by our state and federal governments and by private charities andphilanthropies for the care, the maintenance, and the perpetuation of theseclasses.  Year by year their numbersare mounting.  Year by year moremoney is expended . . . to maintain an increasing race of morons whichthreatens the very foundations of our civilization.”
“We can all vote, even the mentally arrested.  And so it is no surprise to find thatthe moron’s vote is as good as the vote of the genius.  The outlook is not a cheerful one.”
“The dullard, the gawk, the numbskull, the simpleton, theweakling, and the scatterbrain are amongst us in overshadowingnumbers–intermarrying, breeding, inordinately prolific, literally threateningto overwhelm the world with their useless and terrifying get.”
“Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it iscalculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches.  I look forward to seeing humanity freesomeday of the tyranny of Christianity no less than Capitalism.”
“Even if we accept organized charity at its own valuation,and grant it does the best it can, it is exposed to a more profoundcriticism.  It reveals afundamental and irremedial defect. Its very success, its very efficiency, its very necessity to the socialorder are the most unanswerable indictment.  Organized charity is the symptom of a malignant socialdisease.  Those vast, complex,interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread ofmisery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of thissinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, isbreeding, and is perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents,and dependents.  My criticism,therefore is not directed at the failure of philanthropy, but rather at itssuccess.  These dangers inherent inthe very idea of humanitarianism and altruism, dangers which have todayproduced their full harvest of human waste.”
“The most serious charge that can be brought against modernbenevolence is that it encourages the perpetuation of defectives, delinquents,and dependents.  These are the mostdangerous elements in the world community, the most devestating curse on humanprogress and expression. Philanthropy is a gesture characteristic of modern business lavishingupon the unfit the profits extorted from the community at large.  Looked at impartially, thiscompensatory generosity is in its final effect probably more dangerous, moredysgenic, more blighting than the initial practice of profiteering.”

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