The nation’s largest Planned Parenthood affiliate, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, announced the removal of the name of the organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, from its flagship office in Manhattan. Angry staff blew the whistle on past and current racism stating, “Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, white woman. That is a part of history that cannot be changed. While efforts have been made to undo some of the harm from institutional racism, many of these issues have worsened under [the recent CEO’s] tenure.” The staff lamented the fact that, “After years of complaints…about issues of systemic racism, pay inequity, and lack of upward mobility for Black staff,” they felt they needed to go public.
Is racism the reason why Planned Parenthood locates two out of three of their clinics in black neighborhoods?