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News Eugenics started in California

  1. Jul 2, 2009 #1
    "But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn't originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an important, although little-known, role in the American eugenics movement's campaign for ethnic cleansing."...

    "Ultimately, eugenics practitioners coercively sterilized some 60,000 Americans, barred the marriage of thousands, forcibly segregated thousands in "colonies," and persecuted untold numbers in ways we are just learning. Before World War II, nearly half of coercive sterilizations were done in California, and even after the war, the state accounted for a third of all such surgeries."...

    "In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established a laboratory complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island that stockpiled millions of index cards on ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of families, bloodlines and whole peoples. "...

    "The most commonly suggested method of eugenicide in the United States was a "lethal chamber" or public, locally operated gas chambers. In 1918, Popenoe, the Army venereal disease specialist during World War I, co-wrote the widely used textbook, "Applied Eugenics," which argued, "From an historical point of view, the first method which presents itself is execution . . . Its value in keeping up the standard of the race should not be underestimated." "Applied Eugenics" also devoted a chapter to "Lethal Selection," which operated "through the destruction of the individual by some adverse feature of the environment, such as excessive cold, or bacteria, or by bodily deficiency."...

    "In its first 25 years of eugenics legislation, California sterilized 9,782 individuals, mostly women. Many were classified as "bad girls," diagnosed as "passionate," "oversexed" or "sexually wayward." At the Sonoma State Home, some women were sterilized because of what was deemed an abnormally large clitoris or labia."....

    "Even the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed aspects of eugenics. In its infamous 1927 decision, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, "It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind . . . Three generations of imbeciles are enough."....

    "The institute received additional grants from the Rockefeller Foundation during the next several years. Leading the institute, once again, was Hitler's medical henchman Ernst Rüdin. Rüdin's organization became a prime director and recipient of the murderous experimentation and research conducted on Jews, Gypsies and others."....


    I just came across this article, and found it interesting as I had never heard of any of this before.

    Previously, I had the impression that the whole Aryan thing was a creation of Hitler, or at least Nazi Germany. It is a scary revelation however to know that the idea of exterminating non "Aryans was supported by some of the most elite American Business men.

    The second thought I had was that because this Idea of Eliminating unwanted Genes from the worlds human gene pool, was taken so seriously, and so highly funded essentially by Americas Ruling class, not to mention outside of America, IF there were no Hitler, and no WW2, there very well may have been a different attempt perhaps even from the United States to take the Eugenics movement into to massive perhaps global effect. It may be even so that had Hitler not tried and failed, another similar attempt like that of Hitlers, might have been successful, however, after the horrors of the NAZIS, Eugenics became a crime against humanity which could no longer be funded by those who wished to make it happen.
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  3. Jul 2, 2009 #2


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    You really should know what you're talking about before you start a thread. Moden eugenics started with Sir Francis Galton in 1883. The second largest eugenics program (after Germany) was in Sweden, lasting until 1976, an estimated 62,000 (mostly women) were sterilized.

    Here's a starting point if you wish to learn more

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