“First, the white man tells me to sit at the back of the bus.
Now it looks like the white man wants me to
sleep under the bed.
Back in the days of slavery, black folks couldn’t grow kids
fast enough for white folks to harvest.
Now that we’ve got a little taste of power, white folks want to call a
moratorium on having children.”
~ Dick Gregory in a 1967 cover story for Ebony Magazine
Many of us have forgotten the ‘Black Genocide’ era in our own country when African American women were given a birth control pill that sterilized them. In fact, in the 1960s, many African Americans around the country deeply distrusted the motivations behind government funded birth control clinics, fearing it was an attempt to limit black population growth and stunt black political power. Their fears were well grounded in past experiences. In the South, black fertility had a long history of being controlled by whites.
Sterilization abuse of African American women by the white medical establishment reached its height in the 1950s and 1960s. Women who went into the hospital to deliver children often came out unable to have more. No informed consent here.
As African Americans grew more aware of their history in the 1960s, they became increasingly suspicious of government-sponsored birth control and the Pill. For many it seemed plausible that birth control was part of a larger plan to keep the black population down and limit black political power.
Not only did this happen to black women – but Native American women were also targeted.
During the 1960s and the 1970s, thousands of Indian women across the country were sterilized by Indian Health Service (IHS) medical personnel with little or no regard for the women’s cultures, traditions, or desires.
The sterilization story surfaced in a 1974 Akwesasne News article. Dr. Connie Uri wrote that women at the Claremore, Oklahoma IHS facility were sterilized, apparently without informed consent, an action Uri defined as “genocide of the Indian people.” Emmerich said, “Outraged American Indians picketed the Oklahoma, IHS hospitals, denouncing sterilization both as a means of birth control and as a means of exercising political control over tribal communities.”
The government has been controlling populations around the world without individual informed consent for decades.
Gates Foundation Pushing Dangerous Contraceptives on Black Populations
October 24, 2013
Written by William F. Jasper
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is taking fire from leaders of Black organizations and human rights advocates for funding and promoting a new form of the controversial contraceptive Depo Provera, particularly aimed at women in Africa and developing countries. Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, recently told the New York Times that she is championing wide distribution of the drug as a result of talking to poor women around the world. But Kwame Fosu, policy director for the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, says Mrs. Gates’ claims are “disingenuous” because the women she claims to be helping are not being informed about the dangers involved.
“No African woman would agree to being injected if she had full knowledge of the contraceptives’ dangerous side effects,” Kwame Fosu told C-FAM, the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute. “In fact,” claimed Fosu, “in countries where women are educated on the harmful complications, Depo Provera use is negligible.”
“Depo Provera (made by the Pfizer Corporation), the most deadly contraceptive (according to the FDA), is being marketed with malice and forethought at our precious women and girls of African descent world wide,” said Dr. Randy Short, a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Rebecca Project for Human Rights, in a scathing statement earlier this year exposing the Gates-Depo Provera scheme. “Many nations have outlawed it, but it continues to be used in the USA, the Caribbean, Oceania, Latin America, and Africa,” Dr. Short noted. “The use of Depo Provera,” according to Short, “contributes to and in several cases causes life threatening diseases and medical problems: cervical cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, heart attack, sterility, miscarriages, HIV/AIDS, Chlamydia, and other STIs/STDs.”
Dr. Short said further:
In the USA, 84% of the Depo Provera is used by Black women. Wherever there are high rates of HIV/AIDS in Africa, the use of Depo Provera is universal. As recently as 2010, human experimentation on African women was done illegally with Depo Provera in Ghana. The USAID sends more Depo Provera to Africa than any other drug, and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation recently raised $2.6 billion dollars to buy Depo Provera to be able to “give” it to 100 million African women.