Black Clergy Continue Campaign against Sanger Bust
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The fight to remove Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's controversial bust from the National Portrait Gallery is ongoing.
A group of black pastors, known as Ministers Taking a Stand, assembled in Washington, DC to protest the statue and educate America on the dark ideas Sanger propagated.
The pastors, joined by prolife advocates, gathered in front of the National Portrait Gallery to demand the removal of the bust of the late Sanger, who some critics call a racist.
The controversial bust has been on display in the museum's "Struggle for Justice" exhibit alongside figures like Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks since 2010. Those protesting the bust argue how a woman who advocated the use of eugenics for blacks and minorities be displayed alongside these Civil Rights heroes?
When Bishop E. W. Jackson learned her likeness was part of the exhibit, he assembled members of Ministers Taking a Stand to fight for its removal.
"She began her career trying to reduce the population of blacks and minorities through eugenics, which meant forced or coerced sterilization," Bishop Jackson said.
"She referred to black people and others as inferior, people who should be banned from having children, and she also referred to them as human weeds, and human waste," he explained.
Pastor Iverson Jackson of Zoe Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, urged the crowd in front of the gallery to join the fight against this hurtful symbol.
"This symbol, this portrait, this bust of Margaret Sanger is destroying this country because of its racist spirit," Pastor Jackson, who serves as MTS state president, told participants. "We stand together here today to say Margaret Sanger's bust must go."
Museum spokeswoman Bethany Bentley said the statue will not be removed and the gallery is meant to display significant people who represent the full spectrum of the American experience.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, have also joined the fight, drafting a letter to Congress in hopes of gaining more supporters.
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