Several black and Hispanic male employees of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles have filed multiple complaints of racism against the organization, charging they were the subject of constant slurs in a hostile, anti-male environment controlled by white women.
The employees made the allegations in sworn affidavits filed with California’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, and Fair Employment & Housing Administration, or FEHA.
According to an EEOC affidavit filed by employee Nnamdi Nkwuda, a member of Planned Parenthood’s management “used the word nigger directed to me.”
“I am African and was shocked by her cultural insensitivity,” Nkwuda stated. “I immediately placed my concerns in writing and requested disciplinary action with the human resources department at PPLA. Nothing ever happened to my complaint. In fact, I was later put on probation by a female supervisor and then terminated. … There appeared to be a damaging anti-male bias in the organization.”
PPLA spokeswoman Laura Morgan did not immediately respond to WND’s request for a response to the charges.
Richard D. Ackerman, lead attorney for two of the claimants, said it’s “unfortunate to find out that PPLA, as a chief promoter of ‘tolerance and diversity’ is engaging in what appears to be a most primitive form of hate against its own employees.”
“We will be imploring the ACLU and NAACP to join us in repairing this awful situation,” said Ackerman, who works with the Sacramento-based Pro-Family Law Center.
A female PPLA contractor, responsible for ensuring the organization complies with regulations, said in a sworn statement a corporate officer “initiated an investigation on the occasion of one of his employees being called a ‘nigger’ and he was prevented from finishing this investigation. The perpetrator of this ethnic slur … was never punished for this action.”
Another sworn statement from the female PPLA contractor, whose name was withheld, said Planned Parenthood “posters showing males as irresponsible are prominently displayed throughout headquarters; one shows an African American leaving his child abandoned in the middle of an apartment; another shows all male US Supreme Court justices beating down on women’s rights … .”
She said the organization also had postings criticizing President Bush and denouncing Rev. Jerry Falwell even though Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization legally required to avoid political activity.
Another female employee, reacting to knowledge of racism at Planned Parenthood, said, under oath, “There was a sense that any employee who was not a white female was going to be carefully watched.”
“I am an African-American who witnessed and experienced it,” she said. ” … It upset me because if they allowed her to call him one, they were probably calling all of the African-American[s] nigger too.”
The employee also corroborated the claim that Planned Parenthood prominently displayed anti-male propaganda throughout the office.
Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., national director of the Life Education and Resource Network, an African-American pro-life ministry, said he is not surprised at the “degrading and discriminatory” remarks.
“This demeanor is indicative of [Planned Parenthood's] founder Margaret Sanger, whose comments regarding minorities often parallel these racist and bigoted slurs.”
Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics, a Texas-based organization that has investigated allegations of racism at Planned Parenthood, noted Sanger was an admitted eugenicist whose stated goal was to create what she called “a race of thoroughbreds.”
“And don’t be so naive to think that the ‘thoroughbreds’ she was talking about included anyone other than the white ‘n wealthy,” Crutcher said.