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Margaret Sanger's Account Of Her Lecture To The Ku Klux Klan / Educational Video Film

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Published on Jun 3, 2008

In 1926, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a guest speaker at a KKK rally in Silverlake, New Jersey. Here is Sanger's account of her trip to talk to the Ku Klux Klan from her autobiography. All text and images form Fair Use. Text reads as follows: "...I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan at Silver Lake, New Jersey, one of the weirdest experiences I had in lecturing. My letter of instruction told me what train to take, to walk from the station two blocks straight ahead, then two to the left. I would see a sedan parked in front of a restaurant. If I wished I could have ten minutes for a cup of coffee or bite to eat, because no supper would be served later. I obeyed orders implicitly, walked the blocks, saw the car, found the restaurant, went in and ordered some cocoa, stayed my allotted ten minutes, then approached the car hesitatingly and spoke to the driver. I received no reply. She might have been totally deaf as far as I was 1 concerned. Mustering up my courage, I climbed in and settled back. Without a turn of the head, a smile, or a word to let me know I was right, she stepped on the self-starter. For fifteen minutes we wound around the streets. It must have been towards six in the afternoon. We took this lonely lane and that through the woods, and an hour later pulled up in a vacant space near a body of water beside a large, unpainted, barnish building. My driver got out, talked with several other women, then said to me severely, "Wait here. We will come for you." She disappeared. More cars buzzed up the dusty road into the parking place. Occasionally men dropped wives who walked hurriedly and silently within. This went on mystically until night closed down and I was alone in the dark. A few gleams came through chinks in the window curtains. Even though it was May, I grew chillier and chillier. After three hours I was summoned at last and entered a bright corridor filled with wraps. As someone came out of the hall I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses. I waited another twenty minutes. It was warmer and I did not mind so much. Eventually the lights were switched on, the audience seated itself, and I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak. Never before had I looked into a sea of faces like these. I was sure that if I uttered one word, such as abortion, outside the usual vocabulary of these women they would go off into hysteria. And so my address that night had to be in the most elementary terms, as though I were trying to make children understand. In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered. The conversation went on and on, and when we were finally through it was too late to return to New York. Under a curfew law everything in Silver Lake shut at nine o'clock. I could not even send a telegram to let my family know whether I had been thrown in the river or was being held incommunicado. It was nearly one before I reached Trenton, and I spent the night in a hotel."

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Jay Jay
+dragknuckle The KKK were not right-wing. The KKK were southern, white Protestant Dems. They were Dems through and through. The South only recently started voting repub (recently meaning since Reagan). And for some real deep parts of the South even he (Reagan) was a hard sell.
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Shelly Joe
Everyone needs to to See Hillarys America It is all spelled out!!
R Athey
You can watch Hillary Clinton accept the Margaret Sanger award where she says she admired Sangers "vision."
Stuart Coker
Poverty does not create criminals, prostitutes or feeble minded people. Many great men and women rise up from poverty and become highly regarded. A lack of a moral base and parents who fail to discipline their children when they are wrong and fail to continue to love them at all times causes criminals, prostitutes, etc. Parents who want to be their child's friend more than their parent causes crime. We need more of God and less of welfare and we would be much better off.
Sodia Santos
she was not racist please research her..this is post proves she was uncomfortable and fearful of these weird woman...she called them weird her image and views are being twisted but why....and I'm black. I see right shade
Lesa Love
i hope margaret sanger is burning in a lake of fire becuz she was a foul ass bitch
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A.J. Sochacewski
No in 1927 the KKK was a Huge Pro-American Organization, Many people gave talks to the KKK in those years .Anti-Catholic  Laws were passed all over the country because of the great influence of the KKK. Many Congressmen and Senators were ,members of the KKK. All over North South from coast to coast (save New York, MD, Mass. and other states immigrants, esp. Catholics  flocked to. The fact Sanger spoke to the KKK proves nothing at all.
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ah s
I noted somebody pointed out they were pro-choice-which is fine, and really the topic. It is rather where the topic was drawn to, for support...of genocide. Genocide is nothing of the past, nor usually a 'Nazi" situation. This chapter works in favor of the perpetuating. American Indians. They have one of the lowest life expectancies on the globe, it is not by accident, nor poor choices on their part. It is by design.
Mo Fo
Hillary will finish up what MS Sanger started... Black genocide..
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DISCO-INFERNO-70
These videos with the robotic narrations lose some of the seriousness of their content.
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