Eugenics in Society
Shianne, Lexi, Jordan, Moorea
The science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis. (OXFORD)
Thousands were killed, tested, and shamed in many countries. However, Germany is most known for the concept of eugenics. It all started with one single mind. Hitler had a passion for beings with blonde hair and blue eyes. Studies have shown that he believed this first because of his hatred for Jews and second because there was less defects in their genes. Now, we know this is not true. Race can play a part in your genetics and although many associate this with racism it is simply a fact in the medical field. Caucasian, African American, Asian, ect decide what your genes will contain. Will you be white, black, straight hair, brown eyes? This all are things that certain people wanted, but you couldn't control with out imposing on human rights.
Many Other Countries Envolved in Eugentics
The United States
The United States, as well as Canada, used eugenics in a raciest way. Many tried to filter out different races because they caused weak links in society. Well, at the time this is what they thought. No one paid attention to the basic human rights.
The British, as well as Scandinavia, didn't focus as much on race as other countries, America and Canada.
This is the most know use of eugenics. Hitler and his idea of a perfect world associated around killing off what he thought were damaged and undesirable traits in the human body.
The United States
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is eugenics?
Eugenics, basically, is the changing of DNA. This means that many had the idea of threading out mentally impaired patients, people with undesirable genetic diseases, and people with "socially not accepted" traits.
Why is it not used today?
Some do think that eugenics should be used daily, but most disagree because it imposes on the idea of human rights. Think of it this way, if some one doesn't like the fact that too many Americans have diabetes they think that they should be able to disable you to produce children and possible annihilate a person. If we used eugenics daily, like many use to, we would no longer have the right to simply be yourself genetically, let alone personality wise.
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Our Opinion of Eugenics
We came to the unanimous conclusion that we do NOT support the idea or practice of Eugenics. It is not natural and does not apply the survival of the fittest when an outside force is influencing the outcome. We do NOT approve of the past uses of Eugenics anywhere, including our home in the United States.