"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Tuesday 7 April 2020
We are all Carrie Buck
- from Greek εὐ- "good" and γενής "come into
being, growing") is a set of beliefs and practices that aim to
improve the genetic quality of a human population, typically by
excluding people and groups judged to be inferior, and promoting
those judged to be superior.’
Buck was born in poverty in 1906 in Charlottesville, Virginia. She
was fostered and lived with John and Alice Dobbs. She cleaned their
house and was hired out to clean neighbours’ homes.
at seventeen, she claimed that she’d been raped, by Alice Dobbs’s
nephew. Her guardians committed her to the ‘Virginia Colony for
Epileptics and Feeble-Minded’.
was 1924, and at that time there was a growing movement amongst
politicians and academics to view the plight of the poor as a genetic
attribute which resulted in moral degeneracy.
Meanwhile Carrie had turned to drug use and prostitution which were, of
course, supportive evidence of natural, genetic inferiority.
sloppy reading of Charles Darwin’s theories on the ‘survival of
the fittest’ gave cover to the conclusion that social ills were
caused by the proliferation of the wrong sort of people such as
Carrie and a word was invented to encapsulate this – Eugenics.
United States, along with Germany, was at the forefront of this
movement to improve the human species through breeding. Scientific
on Eugenics, and Theodore Roosevelt, Alexander Graham Bell and John
D. Rockefeller, Jr., were outspoken supporters.
back to poor Carrie who had arrived at the Virginia Colony when its
superintendent, Dr. Albert Priddy, was looking to transform his
institution from a genetic quarantine centre to a Eugenics factory.
It was a place where the Carries of the world could, like cats, be
committed, sterilized, and then released back into the general
population, with the assurance that they wouldn’t reproduce.
began pushing for legislation permitting Eugenic sterilizations and
turned to a politician named Aubrey Strode, to draft the legislation.
and Strode were, of course, enthusiastic about Hitler’s leadership,
praising him for his “race hygiene” policies.
your history lesson.
six years after Carrie’s commitment we arrive in the world of
Dominic Cummings. When he was a senior adviser to Michael Gove, then
UK Secretary of State for Education, he claimed that "a
child's performance has more to do with genetic makeup than the
standard of his or her education." He added,"There
is strong resistance across the political spectrum to accepting
scientific evidence on genetics. Most of those that now dominate
discussions on issues such as social mobility entirely ignore
genetics and therefore their arguments are at best misleading and
his new role as Boris Johnson’s ‘special adviser’ Cummings
hired Andrew Sabisky after placing a bizarre advert encouraging
“weirdos and misfits” to apply for government positions.
once called for contraception programmes to be expanded to stop the
creation of a "permanent underclass". He also advocated for
children to be given mind-altering drugs - even if it results in "a
dead kid once a year". He has said that existing vaccination
laws could pave the way for mandatory birth control.
way to get around problems of unplanned pregnancies creating a
permanent underclass would be to legally enforce universal uptake of
long-term contraception at the onset of puberty,” he wrote.
“Vaccination laws give it a precedent, I would argue.”
won’t surprise you to learn that he suggested African-Americans are
less intelligent than whites.
was one of the planned speakers at a Eugenics event at the London
Intelligence Conference at UCL in 2018, alongside white supremacists.
employment in government prompted a fierce backlash from anti-racism
campaigners. Unite Against Fascism said that the language of Eugenics “has no place in government
...These people give a nod and a wink to the politics and ideology
that led to the Holocaust,”
was shown the door, but Michael Gove and his boss, Boris Johnson,
remained in the building which brings us to the herd.
Johnson and Gove’s strategy to minimise the impact of
Covid-19 was “to allow the virus to pass through the entire
population so that we acquire herd immunity”.
in this is the acceptance of large numbers of deaths of vulnerable
people, with Johnson saying that many families will lose loved ones.
claim to no longer be following the Eugenicist ‘herd’ programme
so when confronted with the absence of action to slow down Covid-19,
Gove tells us that mass testing of the popuation is impossible for
lack of re-agents. This is a lie.There is no lack.
absence of PPE for NHS staff and shortage of ventilators is blamed on
the suppliers. Any lie will do to avoid telling the truth and that is
that a leopard does not change its spots and neither does a goat
desert its herd.
The Eugenicists are still here and we
are back with Carrie Buck in that Virginia ‘colony’ for the