Thursday, August 13, 2015

Past Tense of Sing

The past tense of sing is sang.

Likewise, outdated notions of controlling populations of undesirable persons was popularized by a racialist by the name of Sanger.

"We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population..." - Margaret Sanger

There's a fashionable trend of saying that Margaret the elitist simply used language common to her day - of adopting terms and phrases shared by everyone around her. Some whitewashing (pun observed) is in order for someone who advocated what is euphemistically termed "women's reproductive rights."

Yet it wasn't everyone in her day who spoke in such terms - no, that was a very special collective of ubermensch. Yes, Sanger differed with what the Germans of her day were doing - after all, their style was to be public about what she wanted to do discreetly. Cosmetics aside, the chief difference was that the two types of eugenicists wanted to eliminate different races of people; otherwise they were two peas in a pod.

In the article linked to above, the author proposes not that Sanger's bust be
removed from the Smithsonian's Struggle for Justice display that recalls 20th century Americans who campaigned for racial justice ("If Sanger had her way, MLK and Rosa Parks would not have been born"), but that it be featured in a new exhibit called the Horrible Truth About Eugenics and the Terrible People That Think It's A Good Idea.

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