I am Black, but also one-sixteenth Native American. Both my maternal grandparents were half Native American, and I plan to one day trace the history, not to get my share in the casino trade, but because it’s a fascinating history of how two groups of oppressed races found each other and managed to thrive, despite the odds. That’s the case with my family, otherwise, I would not be here.
Just as slavery and Jim Crow were a cruel and senseless part of American history, so it was with the Native American tribes. The Trail of Tears, the Wounded Knee Massacre, the rape of Black Hills, and other broken treaties were major embodiments in a long line of cruel acts aimed at indigenous tribes, their autonomy, and their ability to live free on their own land.
One of the horrific cruelties inflicted on both Black and Native American women: Forced sterilization.
Two fifteen-year-old Native American women went into the hospital for tonsillectomies and came out with tubal ligations. Another Native American woman requested a “womb transplant,” only to reveal that she had been told that was an option after her uterus had been removed against her will. Cheyenne women had their Fallopian tubes severed, sometimes after being told that they could be “untied” again.
For many, America’s history of brutal experimentation on people of color is perhaps best summed up by the Tuskegee Experiment, in which doctors let African-American men suffer from syphilis over a period of 40 years. But another medical outrage is less well-known. Jane Lawrence documents the forced sterilization of thousands of Native American women by the Indian Health Service in the 1960s and 1970s—procedures thought to have been performed on one out of every four Native American women at the time, against their knowledge or consent.
Both the IHS and its dark history of forced sterilization were the result of longstanding, often ham-fisted attempts to address American Indians’ health care needs, writes Lawrence. Medical services were part of U.S. agreements with sovereign tribes from as early as 1832, when a treaty with the Ho-Chunk, then often called the Winnebago, included the services of a physician in exchange for land in what is now Wisconsin. With the arrival of the Progressive Era, health interventions became even more of a priority and the Department of the Interior and later the newly-formed Indian Health Service devoted resources to education and medical care for American Indians on reservations.
Make no mistake: This is what universal healthcare would look like. It’s not only sterilization. It may take the form of what was done to Black men in The Tuskegee Experiment—leave you sick and untreated in order to see how well you survive or how certain medical treatments work on certain individuals. Personally, I am convinced that the medical profession is doing this with Type 2 diabetes, which disproportionately affects Blacks in an adverse way, even when treated.
But that’s a conversation for another day.
Suffice it to say that this culling of the masses has always been the eugenicists’ goal: only the best, the brightest, the most fit and desirable deserve to live, procreate, thrive. It’s the foundation of every Leftist agenda, from climate change to transgenderism.
Harvard biologist Charles Davenport was the father of the eugenics movement in America and he had a strong influence on government policies. While our government systems attempt to bury it, these policies are still embedded in the foundation of today’s public health system in one form or another.
Davenport wrote in his 1914 book, The Eugenic Programme And Progress in its Achievement:
The lowest stratum of society has, on the other hand, neither intelligence nor self-control enough to justify the State to leave its matings in their own hands. On the contrary, the defectives and criminalistic are, so far as may be possible, to be segregated under the care of the State during the reproductive period or otherwise forcibly prevented from procreation. State laws permitting the sterilization of institutional cases have been passed by a dozen state legislatures. There is reason for believing that if executed at all they will be administered conservatively. It is desirable that the States should proceed slowly in this matter of sterilisation as a substitute for segregation. But in some way or other the reproduction of defectives must be controlled.
This sentiment was strong among author H.G. Wells, Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger, and currently, Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab. “Human weeds,” as Margaret Sanger called Blacks, should be uprooted and not allowed to populate. Now it’s being done in a number of ways, whether that be through encouraging you to kill yourself with drugs, or removing your body parts because you want to become a different gender, or removing the life within your womb, the strategy has many prongs and the victims haven’t changed. The disenfranchised and marginalized are always first on the chopping block, then the people the government deems “unfit” in other ways (e.g., political thought) are next. Make no mistake, all this talk from Dementia Joe and the evil New York Governor Kathy Hochul about MAGA Republicans is by design.
We do not fit their utopian goals, so they want to remove us by any means necessary.
Which brings us back to forced sterilization and the deliberate targeting and destruction of the Black race. With the overturn of Roe v. Wade via SCOTUS’ Dobbs decision, Elaine Riddick’s story has been given fresh prominence through the worst of channels: The fish wrap of record called The Washington Post.
If you are unfamiliar with Riddick’s story, she was a Black teenager in North Carolina who was raped and impregnated by a neighbor. In 1968, a state “health” program deemed her unfit, and after she gave birth, cauterized her fallopian tubes, sterilizing her for life.
The very foundation of state health organizations is rife with this type of targeted abuse. In the age of COVID, we are seeing all too clearly that the intention was never to protect the public’s health, but to control it. These unelected bureaucrats over national and state health concerns (Hello, Dr. Anthony Fauci), have been deciding for decades who lives, who dies, and who reproduces and thrives. They used to try and operate under the radar; now they are upfront about their agenda and will destroy you if you attempt to stand in the way of it.
WaPo flagrantly used Riddick’s story to make their case against Dobbs and that forced pregnancies and forced sterilizations may make a comeback in states that restrict abortion.
As a survivor of forced sterilization, Riddick worries about the impact of Dobbs. Although she opposes abortion, she is concerned that the decision will lead to more forced sterilizations among Black women. She worries that the government could restrict family size for people receiving government assistance.
Ultimately, Riddick believes that “women should have control of their reproductive health” and that the government should not interfere with their decisions.
“I think a woman should have control of her body,” she said. “I didn’t have control of my body, and I have been devastated since I found out that this is what happened to me. I never had the chance to say yes or no.”
According to Riddick, WaPo took what she said out of context and promoted the article as though Riddick opposed Dobbs and agreed with their pro-abortion agenda. Riddick wrote a letter to WaPo’s editor demanding a retraction and that they publish her response completely. She also took to Tucker Carlson Tonight to condemn their journalistic malpractice.
Riddick is the executive director and chair of The Rebecca Project for Justice and as she so eloquently stated, she has spent her entire life opposing the barbaric practices of abortion, sterilization, and what she rightly defined as “Lynching” of unborn life. Lynching was another tactic used by the Left to destroy Black life and keep us in fear.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
It is typical of the Left to use their tactics to obscure and game the system against life, freedom, and civil liberties for all men and women, not just the selected few that they deem “fit.”
As long as public health systems in their current state continue to be promoted and funded, the eugenicists’ mentality and agenda live on.