50 years later Fannie Lou Hamer still speaks out against Black Genocide

In the summer of 1962, Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer attended a protest meeting which would change her life. There she met civil rights leaders who were there to encourage African Americans to register to vote.

Hamer became an activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which fought racial segregation and injustice in the South.

On June 3, 1963, Fannie Lou Hamer and other civil rights workers arrived in Winona, Mississippi, by bus. They were ordered off the bus and taken to Montgomery County Jail.

As She recounts the story:
. . . Then three white men came into my room. One was a state highway policeman (he had the marking on his sleeve) . . . They said they were going to make me wish I was dead. They made me lay down on my face and they ordered two Negro prisoners to beat me with a blackjack. That was unbearable. The first prisoner beat me until he was exhausted, then the second Negro began to beat me. I had polio when I was about six years old. I was limp. I was holding my hands behind me to protect my weak side. I began to work my feet. My dress pulled up and I tried to smooth it down. One of the policemen walked over and raised my dress as high as he could. They beat me until my body was hard, ’til I couldn’t bend my fingers or get up when they told me to. That’s how I got this blood clot in my eye—the sight’s nearly gone now. My kidney was injured from the blows they gave me on the back.

Mrs. Hamer was left in the cell, bleeding and battered, listening to the screams of Ann Powder, a fellow civil rights worker, who was also undergoing a severe beating in another cell. She overheard white policemen talking about throwing their bodies into the Big Black River where they would never be found. But they did not.

Ms. Hamer, the first black candidate for the state House of Representatives told the world how she was treated asking, “Is this America?

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party


In 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. She challenged the all white Mississippi delegation for seating at the 1964 Democrat convention in Atlanta City. The Freedom Party lost that round but won a pledge from the party that any delegation which excluded black people would not be seated at the 1968 convention.

“All over the country we’re fighting not only the white power structure but the black power structure. Most black people today give them $2.00 and a car and they’ll swear they are free,” she once said.

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Mississippi Appendectomy is a phrase made popular by Fannie Lou Hamer.

The phrase refers to involuntary sterilization procedures popularized by the Eugenics movement.

This was a movement of mostly white elites who wanted to limit the birth and population of those they deemed unfit. Most popular among the pushers of eugenics was Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger. You can learn about eugenics in a film called Maafa21 ( here.)

Diagnosed with a small uterine tumor in 1961, Ms. Hamer checked into the Sunflower City Hospital to have it removed. Without her knowledge or consent, without any indication of medical necessity, the operating physician took the liberty of performing a complete hysterectomy.


Three years later, as a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Ms. Hamer spoke about her experience to an audience in Washington D.C. – telling them that she was one of many black women in her area that had been a victim of a “Mississippi appendectomy”.


In addition to her many outspoken convictions, civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer also denounced abortion as “legalized murder.”

At a White House conference on food nutrition and health which turned into a population control and abortion push Ms. Hamer , made it clear that she regards it as a white man’s plot to exterminate the black population of the United States.

That conference was detailed in a chapter of a book authored by Black Journalist, Samuel Yette.

Samuel Yette was also one of the first and very distinguished Black journalists to work for Newsweek. But after he published his book, The Choice” which exposed high level attempts of Black Genocide through birth control , abortion, and additional means , he was fired by Newsweek. Yette claims his superiors told him that the “Nixon Whitehouse” wanted him out of Washington.


In One chapter on Birth Control Yette exposes President Nixon’s White House Conference on Food and Nutrition of December 2-4, 1969. In Mr. Yette’s words it, “was worse than a farce.” President Nixon opened the conference with 3 recommendations designed to reduce the number of hungry people! He suggested no measures for the relief of hunger in America.

1. He wanted everyone to have a guaranteed minimum income of $1,600 a year. (This is less than welfare was paying at that time.)
2. A supposed expansion of the food stamp program that would be tied into and compliment the welfare reform package in #1. (His plan would have actually reduced the amount of food stamps. Less money + less food =more hunger.)
3. Provide family planning services to at minimum 5 million women in low-income families.

This last proposal was part of a plan formulated by Dr. Charles Lowe of the National Institute of Health. The plan recommended Congress pass a law that:

1. Made birth control information and devices available to any and all girls over the age of 13 with or without parental consent.
2. Allowed mandatory abortions for unmarried girls within the 1st three months of pregnancy.
3. Mandatory sterilization for any unmarried girl giving birth out of wedlock for the 2nd time.

In Yette’s writings he describes how civil rights activist, Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer reacted at that Conference on hunger.

According to Yette, when Ms. Hamer heard about the birth control proposals she grabbed about a dozen young black men, walked into the room, and demanded to be heard. She spoke about ten minutes on the evil results of this plan and the conference dropped it from consideration.

Fannie Lou Hamer
Of Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer, Samuel Yette writes, Black Civil Right Advocate Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamerhad a passion for her people and her interest and understanding of how powerful the political process was in America led her and others to create the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to challenge the Credential Committee in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1964 to be seated rather than the regular Democrats who they exclaimed were “illegally elected” based on discriminatory practices against blacks statewide. “We Will Not Accept The Compromise”, stated Mrs. Hamer.

Below are exerts of an eye opening incident Ms. Hamer experienced in the realm of Black Genocide written by journalist Samuel Yette :

Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer was Tough Fighter The Afro American – Apr 2, 1977 By Samuel Yette


” It is still a society in which an injured man must show his ability to pay before getting hospital services, but his daughter or wife can be aborted or fed birth control pills, at public expense…For these and other reasons the recent death of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer …was noted here and across the nation not only with personal sadness, but also with stern political reflection.

When the charades of Richard Nixon included a White House Conference on hunger in 1969, Mrs. Hamer was among the hundreds of authentic grass-roots persons brought here to confir with the highly paid experts.

But the conference (whose name was changed from a conference on hunger to a conference on “Food and Nutrition”) was in reality, one great fraud against the poor.

Instead of seeking ways to feed the hungry, the back stage plan was to get the poor unwittingly to endorse a plan to eliminate from the society those who were hungry.

For example, a panel of medical experts pretended to be studying was to insure proper nourishment for babies and pregnant women. Instead it adopted-in the name of the poor at the conference- a resolution providing for:

– Birth Control devices for young girls, free, and with or without parental approval;

– Required abortions of unmarried girls discovered during the first three months of pregnancy; and

– Forced sterilization of any such girl giving birth out of wedlock a second time.

Only one black person-a nurse-was a member of that panel.

Yette continues, In my reportorial role, I found Mrs. Hamer for a reaction to the newly passed resolution.

She responded with shock and outrage at the deception, “I didn’t come to talk about birth control, ” she protested, ” I came here to get some food to feed poor, hungry people, Where are they carrying on that kind of talk?”

Hearing the location of the panel, she gamely pulled herself up on a cane, and made her way to the panel’s meeting room. Along the way she beckoned several black men, who followed seriously intent on doing her will.

She went straight to the front of the room and demanded to be heard.

With the power and conviction of personal tragedy, she told how she, herself, had once been sterilized under the guise of an unrelated surgical procedure. She told how such tools as their resolution in the hands of racist medical personnel would mean tragedy for the black and poor.

Finally, with several large black men at her side, Mrs. Hamer demanded that the resolution be reconsidered. It was, and voted down. But she could not stand and watch forever.

Though she saw the deception and illuminated the society’s most immoral contradictions , she, like the hope and moral vigor of he 1960’s ran out…

Fanie Lou Hamer 2

Not may people know just how sick this country is“, Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer once said.

Once Black women were bought as slaves because they were good breeders. Now they talk about birth control and abortion for blacks. If they’d been talking that way when my mother was bearing children, I wouldn’t be here now,” Ms. Hamer says.

“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Fannie Lou Hamer has inspired countless men and women in the fight for civil rights. Her message about black genocide from abortion and birth control has been squelched by those who would seek to use her amazing character to promote the very things she despised and stood against. As we celebrate 50 years of since the founding of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, let us not forget the true words and convictions of this dear champion of truth.

The author of the tribute above, Mr. Samuel Yette also suffered persecution for exposing the sinister plot to exterminate blacks with population control methods.

NOTE : Samuel Yette’s stand is documented in a powerful documentary called Maafa21. this film is carrying on the message Mr. Yette began- that there are Elite efforts to exterminate the Black race in America. Below is the trailer for Maafa21, order the full 2.5 hour DVD here.

8 Responses to “50 years later Fannie Lou Hamer still speaks out against Black Genocide”

  1. ubipetrusest Says:

    What a valiant warrior Fanny Lou Hamer was. Thanks for reminding us. May God send many more like her.

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