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Eugenics ideas resulted in more suffering for blacks during 20th century

Eugenics represents the highest achievement for Darwinist thinkers since it describes the harmony in the tree of life and death: according to Darwin, the unfit are supposed to survive to procreate. But since we're just animals like the rest, we''ll just help to eliminate the unfit in case they do survive. This is what society looks like when people don't accept that all people have purpose and value, and all people, no matter how fit they are deemed to be, have value and worth in the eyes of their creator.

But since black legislators are generally a part of the Democrat Party, it seems they must support other Democrats who support Planned Parenthood. That is really unfortunate, because when they support Planned Parenthood, they are supporting the same kind of thinking that generated so much hatred toward the black race.

Why do black legislators support Planned Parenthood? Probably out of expediency, or out of loyalty to the party. The do so to their demise, because they are aligning themselves with people who also support Darwinism and the survival of the fittest and eugenics.

Eugenics is an outgrowth of the concept of survival of the fittest as proposed by Charles Darwin. Eugenics was considered a brilliant idea at the time, since it seemed to solve the population problem, as many considered the growing population on our planet to be. Since we have limited resources on our planet, we need the best people to harness those resources. We need the best and the brightest to survive and keep the population alive. At the time, people thought it was a great idea. It had sinister implications though.

What it means is that some people, the unfit, should simply not be allowed to procreate. Proponents of eugenics, like Margaret Sanger, supported through her publication and otherwise, plans to remove the unfit from the gene pool of the human race by suppressing their right to procreate. Throughout the decades since its founding, as the records and publication by Sanger show, Planned Parenthood supported the practice of sterilization for blacks and others who were considered unfit to have children.

It’s a pattern of thinking that aligned itself with racist whites in the South since they did not want to allow blacks to marry whites and effectively punished blacks who even acted friendly to white women. History is full of how young black men were punished to the point of lynching for even being in the same area, or touching a white girl. The stories of how blacks were killed, murders by the Klu Klux Klan, are gruesome, to say the least. But what we don't readily realize is that to some degree, these ideas were fed by people in the eugenics movement. People in the eugenics movement, like Sanger, wanted people to believe that some races or peoples, should not have the right to procreate.

After the Emancipation Proclamation, there was a great deal of hope that life would get better for blacks in the South. Many thought the meanness of spirit demonstrated by whites in the south would gradually change. They were wrong.

While part of this meanness of spirit can be attributed to how blacks were treated under slavery, the roots of it probably lie in the belief that the black race is inferior to the white race. Public lynchings in the South are in part the result of these beliefs, that killing a black man was allowed because he is less than human.

While intellectuals in the eugenics movement were not directly responsible for the lynchings of blacks, they were certainly indirectly responsible for it, because they supported the ideas that said some races or peoples were less than human, inferior to others, or unfit to procreate.

The American Eugenics League used labels like feebleminded, imbecile, immoral and criminal. Even poverty or pauperism, was described by this organization  as something that can be inherited. People with epilepsy should not be allowed to procreate; instead, they should be sterilized.

The Eugenics Society exists today, in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, but mostly in the form of an archive of American eugenics thinking and writing. In the archives and publications, one can find some strange but true quotes about solving the perceived problem of the corruption of the gene pool.

"The problem in the North is the same as in the South, except that it was considered to be more severe, since there were more blacks or former slaves in the South" - Dr. Charles Davenport director of the Eugenics record office, co-founder of the American Eugenics Society.

Sanger was the founder of the American Birth Control League, and the Birth Control Review. It was here that she wrote about her plans in infiltrate American society with the need to effectively exclude blacks from the right of reproduction.

“(Eugenics shows that) we are paying for the ever increasing dictates of an every increasing unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all - that the wealth of individuals and of states is being diverted from the development and the progress of human development and civilization” Margaret Sanger, Birth Control Review, 1922

The idea of eugenics was popular in the early 20th century, and a number of church denominations even got on board with the need to promote the sterilization of people who were considered inferior. Look at the front page of her publication and one can see the number of clergy members listed. It was thought to be a good idea, despite the insidious nature of its ideas.

“The population question is the true enigma of the Sphinx. In comparison with the ravages of that terrible monster, over-population, all other problems are effaced, insignificant,” said Thomas Huxley. “The population question is the real riddle of the sphinx, to which no political Oedipus has as yet found the answer. In view of the ravages of the terrible monster over-multiplication, all other riddle sink into insignificance.”

It’s no coincidence that Huxley was considered Darwin’s bulldog, and helped to complete the link between Darwinism and eugenics in England and the U.S.

"The laws of nature require the obliteration of the unfit and human life is only of value when it of use to the community or race." Madison Grant, 1916, co-founder of the American Eugenics Society

“The black man has never been a competitor, but has always been subservient to the white race. And just so long as he remains subservient, his position is secure, and just so soon as he becomes a competitor, his fate is sealed.” Dr. Benjamin Hays, Eugenicist, 1905.

All of these people were closely aligned with Sanger and her ideas.

History describes how Jim Crow laws were pervasive in society, including a page on a site written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

As well, a wikipedia site documents the number of Jim Crow laws in existence in the nation in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of them prohibited miscegenation, or the mixing of different racial groups through marriage, cohabitation, sexual relations or procreation. Other laws prohibited the education of blacks in the same facilities as whites, and blocked blacks, in general, from using the same facilities as whites, including hotels, restaurants, etc.

While the fact that these laws existed is well-documented, the reason why they existed, or the ideas that led to them, seems to be a mystery. The description by Gates does not list any reason for the persistence of such laws.

The fact that Jesse Owens won four Gold medals during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, should have disproved the idea that blacks somehow could not compete or would wilt under pressure. Such thinking continued for decades after his epic Gold Medal performances. It wasn’t that he was not fast, he was. It was that he was so much faster than his competitors in the 100 meter event, it was embarrassing for the other competitors. A movie was also made about Owens travails and triumph during the games.

Unfortunately, the effects of this eugenics belief about the black race continued for decades after the 1936 Olympics, and into World War II, where blacks and whites were segregated.

This happened despite the heroics of black servicemen during WWI and WWII. A group of black servicemen who fought in the WWII Battle of the Bulge, distinguishing themselves with their bravery and courage - mostly famously the 761st Tank Battalion, which was deployed in the Ardenne area of Belgium.

The offensive began in late 1944, less than a year before the end of the war, Sept. 2 of the following year. Blacks serving in France were instrumental in eliminating Germans in France before facing them in Belgium.

One tank commander Sergeant Warren G. H. Crecy, single-handedly eliminated German forward observers that were helping direct the bombing of Allied positions in France. His heroic actions earned him the title "Baddest Man in the 761st" from his comrades.

 In 1966, the Texas Western College (now U of Texas El Paso) basketball team, won the NCAA Division I championship game, beating an all white team. As though to prove a point, Hoskins only started black players in the final. A movie produced by Disney, Glory Road, is about the story of Hoskins, his players, and the march to the championship.

Why are minds seemingly indifferent to the reasons why Jim Crow laws became so accepted in society in the 20th century. It’s simply not popular, any more or less than it is popular to try to find out why Adolf Hitler thought it was a good idea to kill millions of Jews. Some unfortunately attribute it to fascism.

Here is one historian's attempt to explain what led to the attitudes behind Jim Crow:

After WWI, French occupation forces came into the Rhineland, which included African colonial troops. While there were tales of these soldiers raping German women, the local opinion of these soldiers was that they were “courteous and poplar.” In fact, only 400 - 600 children were born to these mixed race unions, compared to 20,000 to 25,000 blacks who were stationed in Germany at the time. In a show of how irrational Hitler was, in Mein Kampf, he suggested that Jews were responsible for bringing Negroes into the Rhineland with the goal of “bastardizing” the white race, and thus lowering the German cultural and political level so that the Jew might dominate.

As strange as this sounds, the ideas proposed by the eugenics movement in the U.S., are just as irrational. Influential people held this belief despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

© 2016 Larry Ingram

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