Thursday, 4 October 2012

Scientific Racism: The Eugenics of Social Darwinism

I have always known that people will use whatever proof they have to justify their intent or actions. This is exactly the same feeling that came to me when i watched the documentary on social darwinism. I honestly was not surprised about all that was said in this video because from my undergraduate years in 'hereditary and gene' class (which was the basis of my interest in genetics), i always went out of my way to find more information...particularly concerning homo sapiens, and i always found out a lot.  I believe Eugenics is still practiced today in modern society and social darwinism is very much alive in different forms (for example, the population control debate that seems to always focus on Africa) just as capitalism is really just neo-colonialism. for me Eugenics is not so different from population control using methods such as contraceptives (this was forced sterilization decades ago). Just as Eugenics tries to control certain populations from reproducing and tries to promote desired traits to pass on in certain races/class etc.. (see racial hygiene) so is population control through contraceptives, by targeting mostly lower class/uneducated persons under the disguise of better livelihood on the micro level.

I also always knew that the black race is dominant. if you mix the genes of a black person with that of a white/chinese/indian will always get a darker skin tone..that to me shows fitness with respect to darwins theory. only the fittest genes survive and will go on to reproduce and the weaker genes will die out and go into extinction. the way i see the world today, its all a survival struggle. Certain races realised they were weaker and have constantly tried to be in control of other races...just so they dont die out...just so they dont become extinct. I have to say all methods that have been employed to make this happen has definitely worked...all you need to do is look at the current black american culture and identity crisis. sigh!

Enjoy the video,  it  is very informative. Before you do, here is a brief introduction about Eugenics
In the first three decades of the 20th Century, American corporate philanthropy combined with prestigious academic fraud to create the pseudoscience eugenics that institutionalized race politics as national policy. The goal: create a superior, white, Nordic race and obliterate the viability of everyone else.

How? By identifying so-called "defective" family trees and subjecting them to legislated segregation and sterilization programs. The victims: poor people, brown-haired white people, African Americans, immigrants, Indians, Eastern European Jews, the infirm and really anyone classified outside the superior genetic lines drawn up by American raceologists. The main culprits were the Carnegie Institution, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harriman railroad fortune, in league with America's most respected scientists hailing from such prestigious universities as Harvard, Yale and Princeton, operating out of a complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island. The eugenic network worked in tandem with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the State Department and numerous state governmental bodies and legislatures throughout the country, and even the U.S. Supreme Court. They were all bent on breeding a eugenically superior race, just as agronomists would breed better strains of corn. The plan was to wipe away the reproductive capability of the weak and inferior.

Ultimately, 60,000 Americans were coercively sterilized — legally and extra-legally. Many never discovered the truth until decades later. Those who actively supported eugenics include America's most progressive figures: Woodrow Wilson, Margaret Sanger and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

American eugenic crusades proliferated into a worldwide campaign, and in the 1920s came to the attention of Adolf Hitler. Under the Nazis, American eugenic principles were applied without restraint, careening out of control into the Reich's infamous genocide. During the pre-War years, American eugenicists openly supported Germany's program. The Rockefeller Foundation financed the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute and the work of its central racial scientists. Once WWII began, Nazi eugenics turned from mass sterilization and euthanasia to genocidal murder. One of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute doctors in the program financed by the Rockefeller Foundation was Josef Mengele who continued his research in Auschwitz, making daily eugenic reports on twins. After the world recoiled from Nazi atrocities, the American eugenics movement — its institutions and leading scientists — renamed and regrouped under the banner of an enlightened science called human genetics.

1 comment:

  1. "you will always get a darker skin tone..that to me shows fitness with respect to darwins theory"

    I think the "survival of the fittest" that you are talking about is when animals with a gene get killed statistically more often, so that gene doesn't survive, rather than dominant genes like brown eyes, or Mendel's greener peas. Just my understanding of it.

    Yes there was some awful science and nasty politics based on it. This fact gets misused by other politicians who hate the west quite a lot, so do be careful. Good science is great, but as soon as polticians get involved, the search for the truth is bound to fail