Rapper Nick Cannon continued his criticism of Planned Parenthood this week, arguing that the organization was founded to increase the number of abortions in urban areas and “exterminate the Negro race.”
In an interview with DJ Vlad posted Tuesday, Mr. Cannon explained that he doesn’t consider himself anti-abortion, because he doesn’t think the government should be allowed to dictate what women do with their bodies. His real beef is with Planned Parenthood and its founder, Margaret Sanger.
“I feel like it’s a systemic issue,” the “America’s Got Talent” host said. “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.”
Mr. Cannon, 36, said his stance was never about abortions, because he doesn’t consider himself pro-life or pro-choice.
“It was never about abortions,” he said. “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.
“They like to label ‘feeble-minded’ or ‘lower-class,’ using terms … in public,” he added. “In private, they were talking about the black community. Seventy-five percent of them are all in the hood.”
Mr. Cannon acknowledged that Planned Parenthood has done some good for women, but compared the organization to government in that it should still be held accountable for the bad.
“Of course the government has done some very helpful and amazing things, but we can’t just praise them for how wonderful they are and then deny all the negative things they’ve done,” he said. “We have to hold them accountable for everything.”
Mr. Cannon said he was almost aborted himself so it makes the issue more personal to him. His 2005 song “Can I Live?” recounts his mother’s decision not to go through with the termination as a teenager.
The rapper made headlines last month after he accused Planned Parenthood of committing “genocide” against black Americans.
“Hillary [Clinton] was sneaking and cheating,” he said in an interview with “The Breakfast Club,” a New York City-based radio show. “Think about all the stuff they did with Planned Parenthood and all that type of stuff. That type of stuff is to take our community — and forget gentrification, it’s real genocide, and it’s been like that for years.”