The billboards proclaim that, “We Need Your Help to RECLAIM Education and STOP The Negro Project!” The Virginia Christian Alliance, a pro-life organization, put up the billboards as a way to advertise an upcoming class on abortion alternatives.
A Christian Alliance board member Terry Beatley, in talking about "The Negro Project" said, “[It] is actually the name of Planned Parenthood’s, 1939 very methodical strategy, to drastically reduce the black reproductive rate.”
Beatley went on to say the upcoming Hour-long class is supposed to give interested people a look at alternatives to abortion. But many people are wondering why the use of a 1939 contraceptive project would be applicable today.
If nothing else, the wording on the billboards could be nothing more than an attempt to create controversy, as some people think the raising of the Confederate battle flag along Interstate 95 will be later this month.
The CBS6 News website ran a poll, asking readers what they thought of the billboards. About 36 percent of respondents said that the wording is offensive and references something from 1939, while 54 percent of those responding said yes, the wording on the billboards should remain as written.
People interested in attending the class will have to wait until the Christian Alliance finds a new place to meet on September 19. The Chamberlayne Avenue church that had originally agreed to house the class has backed out, preferring to distance themselves because of the wording on the billboards.
What was The Negro Project?
Margaret Sanger, (1879-1966), is considered by many to be one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. She was the founder of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
She was also a proponent of "negative eugenics." In other words, she believed that those considered to be feeble-minded, unproductive economically or "unfit" should not be allowed to have children. As a eugenist, she espoused racial supremacy and purity.
Sanger's obsession with eugenics and overpopulation grew after going to the First World Population Conference in Geneva, Switzerland in 1926. It wasn't long before she started working on developing the "Negro Project," released in 1939.