history, Moral Reasoning, Science

Today’s Eugenics: Evil or Just Stupid-It’s Baaaack!

Eugenics was a powerful Anglo-American movement around the turn of the century the premise of which was (is):

Humans arrive on this planet as member of distinct races or breeds of people, and their DNA determines their destiny. Black people are over-sexed, lazy and tend toward criminality, Slavs are stupid, morbid and only fit for hard labor, Indigenous peoples (native Americans, Australian aboriginals, etc) are doomed because they are not yet evolved.

It went further: DNA determined their character as well. Pauperism was an inherited flaw. You could tell the value of “the stock” by the size of their bank account and their ability to subjugate other races. The movement was huge in the USA, with scientific think tanks churning out plans for breeding better humans.

We breed livestock, don't we?

We breed livestock, don’t we?

That whole Nazi thing shoved much of this into the background. Oops, that didn’t turn out so well, shh, let’s cover up the fact that Americans loved eugenics so much that over 60,000 Americans were forcibly sterilized-you know, like you would do with inferior farm animals.

It’s back and it’s now called Human Biodiversity-same old stupid evil with a brand new name. Having grown up on a farm I see where the Anglo gentlemen got the idea. They had been breeding better farm animals for many years-why not humans?

As a kid, I raised pedigreed rabbits for rabbit shows. I studied line-breeding to improve the stock. I started with the “best stock,” why re-invent the wheel? In the case of eugenicists, this was the Anglo-Saxon race. Any out-breeding could only harm the best stock, there was no improving the worst stock, they were fit only for use by the best.

Wolf teeth on rabbit

Wolf teeth on rabbit

Starting with my best stock, I experimented with cousin, father-daughter and the closest of all crosses, brother-sister. Since rabbits reproduce so quickly, I could get observable results quickly. For a few generations, this seemed to be working, but then inbreeding, which brings out recessive genetic manifestations, resulted in near perfect rabbits with wolf teeth, a fatal condition.

Inbreeding among European royalty resulted in hemophilia, and probably other diseases that have remained hushed up. But let’s bear in mind that breeding animals for a narrow set of characteristics: width of head, breadth of loin, curl of tail-completely ignores the complexity of what might make  “the best’ human being!

Who determines what is the best? Scientific measurements? Who designs these measurements? The inevitability of the privileged class setting themselves up as the standard should be obvious. This is playing God on a massive scale.

Most people carry the genes of many “races” in themselves and DNA tests will prove it. I consider myself Polish, because of my cultural milieu, just as we all self-identify as something for the same reason. In fact, I am also Scotch-Irish, and have a Frenchman back in the line who married a Native American woman.

 

Litter of Labs

Litter of Labs

“Race” is an ephemeral thing, a made-up thing. Color is even more superficial-will a litter of black, yellow and chocolate-colored Labrador Retrievers fetch a duck? Having raised registered Labs (great dogs) I can assure you that they sometimes run from loud noises and fear the water!

Race is an ephemeral thing, a made-up thing. Ethnicity is mostly a choice, though a choice we feel compelled to make. And that’s fine. Just as long as we remember that humans are not rabbits and DNA does not equal destiny.

 

 

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About Je' Czaja

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years and is the author of several books. https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jeczaja Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IU4RWKE

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