by: the Common Constitutionalist
When people think of eugenics the natural tendency is to conjure up images of Hitler and the Nazis trying to create the master race. Yet many are unaware that the eugenics movement began in America and in the early 20th century. California and New York were at the forefront.
Funded by the Carnegie Institution and Rockefeller Foundation, researchers at major universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton explored various methods of forced segregation, sterilization and extermination of entire bloodlines.
In 1909 California passed laws allowing eugenicists to forcibly sterilize upwards of 60,000 citizens, excluding thousands from marrying and segregating thousands more. They masked their dirty deeds with flowery titles such as the Human Betterment Foundation – because who could be against the betterment of humanity. This is not unlike the Planned Parenthood abortion factories being named women’s health centers – because who could be against women’s health.