Sierra Club, New York Planned Parenthood Publicly Denounce Their Own Founders Over Their Racism, Beliefs in Eugenics

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The national reckoning over race sparked by the George Floyd protests has resulted in multiple groups reviewing their own legacies, and in the case of two of America’s most prominent liberal organizations, even publicly denouncing their own founders over issues of racism and bigotry.

That’s what happened this week regarding Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger and the Sierra Club’s founders John Muir, Joseph LeConte, and David Starr Jordan.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, the Sierra Club “acknowledged a darker part” of the history of their founders this week, posting a statement on their website. Muir, who has long been revered in the environmental movement for his work helping to
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