The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics

As Alex Jones pointed out in his worldwide radio show today over, the Nazi eugenics regime started in America!

The concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn’t originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and  cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power.

It had many adherents including among others the University of California, Rockefeller Foundation, and Rockefeller Institute.

Let Edwin Black of the History News Network tell you the story.  His piece was written in September 2003.
Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent and exterminated millions in his quest for a co-called “Master Race.”

But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race  didn’t originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and  cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power. California  eugenicists played an important, although little known, role in the American  eugenics movement’s campaign for ethnic cleansing.

Eugenics was the racist pseudoscience determined to wipe away all human beings   deemed “unfit,” preserving only those who conformed to a Nordic stereotype.   Elements of the philosophy were enshrined as national policy by forced sterilization   and segregation laws, as well as marriage restrictions, enacted in twenty-seven   states. In 1909, California became the third state to adopt such laws. Ultimately,   eugenics practitioners coercively sterilized some 60,000 Americans, barred the   marriage of thousands, forcibly segregated thousands in “colonies,”   and persecuted untold numbers in ways we are just learning. Before World War   II, nearly half of coercive sterilizations were done in California, and even   after the war, the state accounted for a third of all such surgeries.

California was considered an epicenter of the American eugenics movement. During   the Twentieth Century’s first decades, California’s eugenicists included potent   but little known race scientists, such as Army venereal disease specialist Dr.   Paul Popenoe, citrus magnate and Polytechnic benefactor Paul Gosney, Sacramento   banker Charles M. Goethe, as well as members of the California State Board of   Charities and Corrections and the University of California Board of Regents.

Eugenics would have been so much bizarre parlor talk had it not been for  extensive financing by corporate philanthropies, specifically the Carnegie  Institution, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harriman railroad fortune.  They were all in league with some of America’s most respected scientists  hailing from such prestigious universities as Stamford, Yale, Harvard, and  Princeton. These academicians espoused race theory and race science, and  then faked and twisted data to serve eugenics’ racist aims.

Stanford president David Starr Jordan originated the notion of “race and   blood” in his 1902 racial epistle “Blood of a Nation,” in which   the university scholar declared that human qualities and conditions such as   talent and poverty were passed through the blood.

In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established a laboratory complex at Cold  Spring Harbor on Long Island that stockpiled millions of index cards on  ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of  families, bloodlines and whole peoples. From Cold Spring Harbor, eugenics  advocates agitated in the legislatures of America, as well as the nation’s  social service agencies and associations.

The Harriman railroad fortune paid local charities, such as the New York  Bureau of Industries and Immigration, to seek out Jewish, Italian and other  immigrants in New York and other crowded cities and subject them to  deportation, trumped up confinement or forced sterilization.

The Rockefeller Foundation helped found the German eugenics program and even  funded the program that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.

Much of the spiritual guidance and political agitation for the American eugenics   movement came from California’s quasi-autonomous eugenic societies, such as   the Pasadena-based Human Betterment Foundation and the California branch of   the American Eugenics Society, which coordinated much of their activity with   the Eugenics Research Society in Long Island. These organizations–which functioned   as part of a closely-knit network–published racist eugenic newsletters and   pseudoscientific journals, such as Eugenical News and Eugenics,   and propagandized for the Nazis.

Eugenics was born as a scientific curiosity in the Victorian age. In 1863,  Sir Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin, theorized that if talented  people only married other talented people, the result would be measurably  better offspring. At the turn of the last century, Galton’s ideas were  imported into the United States just as Gregor Mendel’s principles of  heredity were rediscovered. American eugenic advocates believed with  religious fervor that the same Mendelian concepts determining the color and  size of peas, corn and cattle also governed the social and intellectual  character of man.

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