What exactly is eugenics? It’s the idea that the human species can be improved through breeding. The notion works when applied to dogs and cattle so why not people? The Nazis of course experimented with it. However, the idea gained popularity in the United States long before the Nazis grabbed hold of it. In the early 1900’s names like Kellogg, the man who gave his name to your favorite cereal created an organization called the “Race Betterment Foundation”. Because the issue related directly to reproduction various organizations interested in the rights of women got involved. One such organization was run by Margaret Sanger, a name that should be familiar to most not only as the person who popularized the term “birth control” but as the person who created related organizations that eventually became Planned Parenthood.
People on both sides of the argument blame and defend Sanger. Some say her quotes are taken out of context, quotes like, “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race” and other say she is a champion of women for saying things like “A woman’s duty: To look the whole world in the face with a go-to-hell look in the eyes… to speak and act in defiance of convention”.
While Nick Cannon may not be exactly right, the idea behind his thinking is certainly sound. It was Sanger’s desire to reduce the population of blacks whom she considered to be inferior and intended or not 37% of all abortions are African American babies even though blacks are only 13% of the US population. That’s about 15 million black babies not born since the early seventies.
The right to life, one of those fundamental rights that are all unalienable, is more than just the right not to be killed, it’s the right to be alive. Cannon is simply taking notice that there is an organization that promotes killing. And for those who object to the use of the word “promote” the meaning does fit as it means, “further the progress of (something, especially a cause, venture, or aim); support or actively encourage.” It’s hard to argue that Planned Parenthood doesn’t promote abortion.