NFL Star Benjamin Watson: Planned Parenthood Founded to 'Exterminate Blacks'

Benjamin Watson

In a recent interview, Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson said that the original idea behind Planned Parenthood, founded by Margaret Sanger, was to "exterminate blacks."

Discussing pregnancy, faith and abortion with Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, Watson, the author of Under Our Skin, a book about race relations in America, was asked how race factors into the abortion issue. He said that "blacks kind of represent a large portion of the abortions, and I do know that honestly the whole idea with Planned Parenthood and [Margaret] Sanger in the past was to exterminate blacks, and it’s kind of ironic that it’s working."

The outspoken Christian athlete lamented that minority voters overwhelmingly support candidates who support Planned Parenthood without considering the reasons behind its founding."We are buying it hook, line, and sinker, like it’s a great thing," he said. "It’s just amazing to me and abortion saddens me period, but it seems to be something that is really pushed on minorities and provided to minorities especially as something that they should do."

Sanger was well known for being a leader of the eugenics movement in the United States in the early twentieth century. She was a well-received speaker at Ku Klux Klan rally in 1926 and wrote in a 1939 letter to Clarence Gamble that “we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population." She pushed for birth control as a way to eliminate the unfit and inferior individuals from the gene pool through the use of sterilization and birth control.

Sanger's legacy is a chain of abortion clinics, 79% of which are located within walking distance of a black or Hispanic neighborhood. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Abortion Surveillance report, nearly 36 percent of all abortions in the United States were performed on black children, even though blacks make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population.

Watson said that there are also cultural issues that push minority mothers to abort their babies. "It seems to be painted that when minorities get pregnant they need to get abortions, especially when it comes to teen pregnancy. It’s like when black girls are pregnant, it’s like a statistic, but when white girls get pregnant, they get a TV show."

He added that minorities like having discussions about "having political power and advancement and all those things," but then, "we are turning around and we are killing our children."

He told Turning Point that he is sympathetic because he doesn't know what it's like to face an unplanned pregnancy. "I would never assume people are having abortions flippantly. I know people have them for convenience, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a tough choice for the mothers to make, so I always want to be sympathetic to that."

Asked whether he thought the abortion decision was strictly a "women's issue," Watson said that "a lot of the women wouldn’t be having abortions if the men would step up and be a part of what they are already biologically a part of. Raising children and having children, even though the women birthed the child, is designed for two people to do it."