Walter Hoye

The Negro Project Needed Colored Ministers

In Abortion on September 6, 2010 at 12:42 am

The Negro Project Needed Colored Ministers

According to Margaret Sanger: “The most successful educational approach to the Negro … is through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the Minister is the man who can straighten out the idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” In order to remedy this “dysgenic horror story,” the Negro Project aimed to hire three (3) or four (4) “Colored Ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities” to travel to various Black enclaves and propagandize for birth control. (Debra Braun, Exposed: Planned Parenthood, St. Paul, MN: Peace of Minnesota, 1986, pp. 332-333. and Linda Gordon, Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, New York: Penguin, 1974), p. 332)

The Negro Project Used Colored Ministers Effectively

Conceived by white birth control reformers, the Negro Project used Colored Ministers to help promote and protect the project goals. As such, the Negro Project was widely and strongly supported by Black leadership. Leaders of the Black American community who were involved in the project included Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Rosa Parks also served as a member of the Board of Advocates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Unfortunately, this strategy is still in effect today.

The Negro Project and The Absence of the Church

Some argue that the Negro Project was purely a racist endeavor. Some argue that the Negro Project was simply a product of patriarchal racism of the time that influenced many of the social policies in our government. Some say the Negro Project was based in economics and concern that taxpayers were carrying a heavy a burden supporting the Black underclass. However, according to the fundamental belief of the “Division of Negro Service,” a department created at the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA) initially to oversee the Negro Project, uncontrolled fertility presented the greatest burden to the poor, and Southern blacks were among the poorest Americans. No matter how you look at the Negro Project, the conspicuous absence of publicly proclaimed biblical truth is glaring. As a man of the cloth, I cannot help but wonder, where was the influence of the Church in our government? I’m not done with the Negro Project.

Brothers, we really need to talk.


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