Eugenics and the promotion of structured genocide

Eugenics was an applied pseudo-science where desired genetic traits were promoted. What Eugenicists did with undesired traits is where the controversy arose. Eugenics was behind anti-miscegenation laws and human rights abuses such as compulsory sterilization, forced abortions, forced pregnancies, and ultimately genocide.  Eugenics conferences were held in London and New York in 1912, 1921 and 1932. The Carnegie Institution and Rockefeller Foundation heavily funded the Eugenics movement in the United States. The “American Breeder’s Association” was established to “investigate and report on heredity in the human race, and emphasize the value of superior blood and the menace to society of inferior blood.”  The Carnegie-funded Eugenics Record Office (ERO) identified ten classifications of “the socially unfit from defective inheritance.” They called these classes “the cacogenic varieties of the human race”:

  1. The feeble-minded class (graded downward from idiocy, imbecility, to feeble-mindedness)
  2. The pauper class (tramps, beggars, ne’er-do-wells)
  3. The inebriate class (dipsomania, chronic alcoholism, pharmacomania)
  4. The criminalistic class (crimes against chastity, crimes against persons, crimes against property, crimes against public policy)
  5. The epileptic class (grand mal, petit mal, mental epilepsy)
  6. The insane class (functional dementia, psychoneuroses, psychoses, toxic psychoses, psychoses caused by exhaustion, brain tumor, trauma)
  7. The asthenic class (the physically and constitutionally weak)
  8. The diathentic class (those predisposed to specific diseases)
  9. The physically deformed class (everything from cretinoid dwarfism to supernumerary teeth)
  10. The cacaesthetic class (those with defective sense organs, such as the blind and the deaf).  Sounds familiar?