Past eugenics is shameful

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The United States was the first nation in the world to take an official stand on eugenics with forced sterilization. While forced sterilization was started in the United States before 1900, the Supreme Court gave its approval in 1927.

Eugenics was science, and forced sterilization was implemented by the government. Be careful on how much faith you put in science and how much authority you are willing to grant the government.

It is unfortunate how little the U.S. citizenry is being informed of this shame on our country, particularly in light of recent exposure to former forced sterilization victims in North Carolina.

James Wertz


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avidreader 11/24/11 - 10:54 am
I am an educated man;

I am an educated man; however, I do not have the slightest idea what "eugenics" means. My curiosity will guide me to Wikipedia. I do understand the definition of sterilization, but once again, how do the two connect? I teach my students to never assume that the reader will comprehend the meaning of complicated concepts. Certain vocabulary in commentaries without appositive clauses -- a group of words that identifies or renames another word in a sentence -- are useless to the reader.

I understand that my comments are arrogant and self-serving, but I just could not resist. However, now that I have returned from Wikipedia, I get it!

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