Rapper and actor Nick Cannon has reiterated his criticism of Planned Parenthood, saying that the organization's founder, Margaret Sanger, wanted to "exterminate the negro race."
In an interview with Vlad TV, Cannon said that he does not consider himself as either pro-choice or pro-life. He explained that his main objection against Planned Parenthood is about what he believes to be the aim of its founder.
"When you look at what Margaret Sanger and all the people who follow eugenics and all that stuff. It was all about cleansing. Margaret Sanger said that she wanted to exterminate the Negro race, and that she was going to use her organization as she founded to do so," said the 36-year-old rapper.
"It was never about abortions. I never speak on abortions. It was more about the sterilization and when it comes to actual ethnic cleansing — where they actually said we want to get rid of a class of people, a group of people," he added.
The rapper said that he believes that he is not qualified to speak against abortion as a man. He acknowledged that Planned Parenthood had done some good things, but he added that the organization should be held accountable for "all the negative things."
Cannon has been outspoken about his disapproval of Planned Parenthood in the past. In November, he described the work of the abortion provider as "modern-day eugenics" and "population control."
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Cannon noted that many of the Planned Parenthood facilities are placed in minority neighborhoods. A 2010 census indicated that 79 percent of the facilities are within walking distance of black or Hispanic communities.
Sanger, who was known to be active in the eugenics movement throughout her life, was arrested in 1916 when she opened the country's first birth control clinic. In 1921, she founded the American Birth Control League, which became part of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.
Planned Parenthood began performing abortions after it was legalized by the Supreme Court in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, seven years after Sanger's death.
Sanger's life story is currently being developed as a film. It will be based on Ellen Feldman's novel "Terrible Virtue," which was released in March 2016.