Planned Parenthood is institutionally racist against black employees, America’s largest chain of abortion clinics confessed in its own internal audit.
The organization, founded by a racist eugenicist who wanted to reduce the number of blacks, expects its own black employees to do more work than white employees, and treats them more unfairly, the investigation found.
“The assessment, which was commissioned by Planned Parenthood, was presented over a video meeting to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) employee resource group Network of Black Associates,” BuzzFeed reports.
“It was based on interviews conducted over the summer with 64 current and 12 former Black Planned Parenthood employees in all divisions and levels of PPFA. A contracted group called Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA) conducted and presented the assessment, which overall found that the organization’s Black employees feel that Planned Parenthood’s treatment of them internally does not line up with its social justice–driven mission.”
Black employees report for years they reported racist comments and treatment by white employees to Planned Parenthood leaders, only to be ignored.
Planned Parenthood conducted the internal audit after BuzzFeed last year reported over two dozen sources inside the organization confirmed decades of institutionally racist treatment of black employees.
“Twenty-six sources at both organizations told BuzzFeed News at the time that they regularly faced racism at work and were belittled by their bosses, while their non-Black colleagues were not, and felt they often had nowhere to turn for help with these issues,” BuzzFeed reports. “They also said they were unable to move up within the organization, while their white colleagues were promoted.”
Planned Parenthood was founded by racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger, who believed that birth control programs were a way to reduce the number of blacks and the poor.
Planned Parenthood officials now admit their organization was founded with racist intentions, and some chapters are now erasing Sanger from their history.
“Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s leadership is committed to confronting the organization’s legacy of white supremacy head on, and the cultural assessment conducted by AORTA is an important component of the comprehensive and meaningful work we are undertaking to create belonging and equity,” Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood’s head of communications and culture, told BuzzFeed.
The allegations mirror those made in the 1990s against another liberal giant, the “Southern Poverty Law Center.”
While the organization’s stated mission is to combat racism and hate, an investigation by a Montgomery, Alabama newspaper found black employees inside the organization reported they were routinely subjected to racist abuse and comments. The SPLC also rarely hired black lawyers and often passed over black employees for promotions.
Despite its own stated mission of combating racism through court action, the SPLC was also reluctant to highlight cases involving black death row inmates out of fear it would hurt fundraising.
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