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    The United States Sterilized 60,000 Of Its Citizens

    Not too long ago, more than 60,000 people were sterilized in the United States based on eugenic laws.

    Most of these operations were performed before the 1960s in institutions for the so-called “mentally ill” or “mentally deficient.” In the early 20th century across the country, medical superintendents, legislators, and social reformers affiliated with an emerging eugenics movement joined forces to put sterilization laws on the books.

    Such legislation was motivated by crude theories of human heredity that posited the wholesale inheritance of traits associated with a panoply of feared conditions such as criminality, feeblemindedness, and sexual deviance.

    Many sterilization advocates viewed reproductive surgery as a necessary public health intervention that would protect society from deleterious genes and the social and economic costs of managing “degenerate stock.” From today’s vantage point, compulsory sterilization looks patently like reproductive coercion and unethical medical practice.

    At the time, however, sterilization both was countenanced by the U.S. Supreme Court (in the 1927 Buck v. Bell case) and supported by many scientists, reformers, and lawmakers as one prong of a larger strategy to improve society by encouraging the reproduction of the “fit” and restricting the procreation of the “unfit.”

    In total, 32 U.S. states passed sterilization laws between 1907 and 1937, and surgeries reached their highest numbers in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

    Beginning in the 1970s, state legislatures began to repeal these laws, finding them antiquated and discriminatory, particularly towards people with disabilities.

    Of the 60,000 sterilizations in the United States, California performed one-third, or 20,000, of them, making the Golden State the most aggressive sterilizer in the nation.

    Ten years ago, I published a book that explores the history of eugenics and sterilization in California, but I was frustrated that my research had yielded so little information about the state’s extensive sterilization program.

    I knew next to nothing about the thousands of Californians sterilized in institutions such as Sonoma, Mendocino, and Patton, all located in rural, remote parts of the state.

    Who were these people? Why were they committed to institutions and then deprived of their reproductive autonomy? What was the demographic composition of those sterilized?

    Were certain groups of people disproportionately targeted? What about their families, interests, and lives, in and outside of the institution?

    That Time The United States Sterilized 60,000 Of Its Citizens
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    Sixty thousand people sterilized in the United States to remove 'degenerate stock'.

    To remove traits associated with 'criminality, feeblemindedness and sexual deviance'.

    Never mind, it's all worked out for the good ..... hasn't it?

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    What percentage of them were black.?

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    Some may have been justified, government is not always evil. If someone with an IQ of 35 produces a baby, it becomes the states problem to provide support and care. Drug addicts and alcoholics who produce children damaged in the womb impose a great burden and expense on others.

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    Going by what is happening in US politics and foreign policy it would seem they got the wrong ones.

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    Due to modern enlightened law makers and the cheap option of care in the community, the public at large is obliged to contend with the feeble mindedness and utter vacuity of certain posters on here, who can still access firearms with impunity.

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    Cracking idea, they should resurrect it for the Tea Party.

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    This is an old story and a delight for the BBC to broadcast every few years.
    Trouble is, they didn't sterilise enough , and didn't continue the program.

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    they need to sterilise about 320,000,000 to solve the problem

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    Where do you think the Nazis developed their theories on eugenics from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Where do you think the Nazis developed their theories on eugenics from?
    Indeed.
    One of numerous mysteries omitted from your history conditioning texts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Hornblower View Post
    What percentage of them were black.?
    Shame on you HH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Hornblower View Post
    What percentage of them were black.?
    Shame on you HH
    That's why the BBC run this story every couple of years,

    Blacks where included.

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