“… we are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all …”— Margaret Sanger, 1922, The Pivot of Civilization.
In the early 20th century, the white elitists who made up the eugenics movement were no longer just philosophers and academics.
Now they were industrialists and billionaires who had come to embrace a world view that paralleled the eugenics movement. The same individuals and corporations who had once made millions on the backs of slaves, were now willing to spend millions to get rid of them.
But that didn’t mean that these guys were interested in being public crusaders for the eugenics movement. They were certainly willing to be the brains and the money behind it, but they would hire crusaders to do the dirty work.
And the primary crusader they settled upon was a woman named Margaret Sanger.
She was the founder of the American Birth Control League and the publisher of its newsletter, the Birth Control Review.
On a practical level, the relationship between Sanger and these elitists was basically a marriage of convenience. In order to advance their common agenda, they needed a front man and she needed money. And the whole thing would be held together with this bizarre obsession with race and class.
The result was that the American Birth Control League became the driving force behind the American eugenics movement. Eugenics would no longer be just a philosophy. Sanger, and others like her, were going the put it into practice.