Black ‘Hero’ Loved Birth Control and USSR—Hated Religion and America
Communist W.E.B. DuBois Praised Margaret Sanger and Eugenics Movement
By Michael Chapman
While ‘birth control’ destroys black families and communities, it’s ironic that one of its more influential supporters is feted today as an African-American hero. W.E.B. DuBois, who died in 1963, is praised by many scholars and pundits for his defense of civil rights. There are college courses devoted to his work. A 26-story library at the University of Massachusetts is named in DuBois’s honor. Even the Postal Service honored him with his own stamp.
But what the scholars and government bureaucrats don’t like to talk about is DuBois’s hatred of religion, his propagandizing for birth control and eugenics, and his worship of atheistic communism and the dictator Joseph Stalin.
“In the end, communism will triumph. I want to help bring that day,” said DuBois in his application for membership in the Communist Party. Concerning Stalin, who helped launch World War II in alliance with Adolf Hitler, and killed more than 25 million of his own people, DuBois said: Stalin is “a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature. He was simple, calm, courageous.”
Yet concerning America’s President Harry Truman, DuBois wrote that he “ranks with Adolf Hitler as one of the greatest killers of our day.”
DuBois dismissed criticism of Stalin’s forced famine in the Ukraine in the 1930s, during which 7 million people died. Those peasants had “clung tenaciously to capitalism and were near wrecking the revolution,” said DuBois. So, “Stalin … drove out the rural bloodsuckers.” The man-made famine was so horrible that many people turned to cannibalism. Cannibalism was so widespread that Soviet officials put up signs that read, “Eating Your Children is a Barbaric Practice.”
The Harvard-educated DuBois also reveled in Communist Russia’s suppression of religion and destruction of churches and monasteries. Such destruction was “the Russian Revolution’s greatest gift,” said DuBois in his autobiography. He went on to say that it is a “moral disaster” to let parents teach children “so-called religious truth. … We have to thank the Soviet Union for the courage to stop it.” The USSR awarded DuBois one of its highest honors: the Lenin Prize.
DuBois also praised Communist China’s Chairman Mao and his bloody campaign against Tibet. “In Tibet, the landholders and slave traders and the religious fanatics revolted against the Chinese, and failed as they deserved to,” wrote DuBois. An estimated 65 million people have been killed under Communist Chinese rule. For that and his other communist apologetics, Red China made DuBois’s birthday a national holiday.
When it came to birth control for blacks, DuBois was all for it. In The Birth Control Review, started by Margaret Sanger and staffed by pro-Nazi eugenicists, DuBois in June 1932 wrote: “The mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than the increase among whites, is from that portion of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children properly.”
In a report on eugenics and its role in abortion in black America, the Life, Education and Research Network (L.E.A.R.N.), the largest African-American pro-life ministry, noted DuBois’s advice about the “Negro” problem. DuBois wrote that large numbers of children were a handicap to those Negroes “who were striving to improve their economic positions,” and that “there was a clash between those for a better economic position and those whose religious faith made the limitation of children a sin.”
DuBois recognized the importance of using churches and the media to push the birth-control agenda, said Juliette Bartlett Pack of Texas Black Americans for Life, a L.E.A.R.N. affiliate. “[T]he churches are open for the most part to intelligent propaganda of any sort,” wrote DuBois, “and the American Birth Control League and other agencies ought to get their speakers before church congregations and their arguments in the Negro newspapers.”
Those ideas were implemented by Margaret Sanger and Clarence Gamble (of Proctor & Gamble) in the former’s proposed “Negro Project.” In describing the plan, Sanger wrote: “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 that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Today, blacks make up 12 percent of the population yet 29 percent of all abortions. About 1,200 black babies are killed by abortion every day. More than 11 million have been killed since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, DuBois never retreated from his pro-birth control views, and he never backed away from his support of atheistic communism. In fact, DuBois renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1961. That year, in a letter to American Communist Party National Chairman Gus Hall, DuBois wrote: “Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. … Communism—the effort to give all men what they need and to ask of each the best they can contribute—this is the only way of human life.”
Over the years, DuBois’s personality and influence helped spread the Culture of Death—a culture that, ironically, has killed by abortion alone, more blacks than slavery. DuBois’s views, like those of his Marxist and eugenicist comrades belong in the ash heap of history—not praised in textbooks and honored on postage stamps.
Sources: Autobiography of W.E.B. DuBois, CP-USA Press Release 20 February 1997, Margaret Sanger Fact Sheet—Planned Parenthood Federation of America, The Birth Control Review June 1932, Seattle Times 24 February 1993, Boston Globe 2 January 1998, A Historical View of Eugenics and Its Role in Abortion in Black America—L.E.A.R.N., Inc.