The University of Missouri removed a picture of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, after a group of pro-life students insisted that it was inappropriate to celebrate a woman who held eugenic beliefs. The university is now saying the poster was taken down because it’s old.
The university maintains it had planned to take down Sanger’s poster from Ellis Library after allowing it to hang for several years. Taking her poster off the wall — along with the other pictures displayed on the library panel — was part of a predetermined plan to put up new posters celebrating diversity, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.
“The library values diversity and free speech and we did not remove materials because someone found them offensive,” Mizzou library spokeswoman Shannon Cary said, the Tribune reported. “They had been there forever, they are old, and it was just to change things up.”
“I think they are saying that to save face,” Mizzou Students for Life (SFL) President Kristen Wood said, explaining the poster changes were meant to occur at the end of the semester. The university sped up those changes in response to SFL’s request, according to Wood. (RELATED: Mizzou Removes Margaret Sanger Poster From Its Library)
Planned Parenthood also hosted an event last week aimed at understanding and deconstructing what the abortion organization admits are its racist roots in eugenicist founder Sanger. (RELATED: Planned Parenthood Hosts Event Admitting Its Founder Was A Eugenicist)
New Calvary Baptist Church Rev. Clenard Childress Jr. has also called Sanger a brilliant strategist who came up with “The Negro Project” to reduce the number of black people through sterilization and abortion. “Planned Parenthood has taken it far beyond what the Klu Klux Klan thought they could possibly take it,” Childress said in a December video. (RELATED: New Film Dives Into The ‘Black Genocide’ Of Abortion)
Mizzou was recently in the news after a former University of Missouri dean claimed that she was fired because she expressed skepticism over the university’s diversity initiatives. She is now suing the school for wrongful termination.
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