I wrote a response, as a disabled person who has researched Carrie Buck in college, including reading her letters. I feel that too many people use the logic of her being “mentally normal” as the reason it was wrong to sterilize her, rather than unequivocally saying all sterilization is wrong.
“It is a disingenuous claim to say he is presenting a new angle on an untold story…
…Buck’s story is albeit being told in flawed ways: the narrative of her being “mentally normal” as the reason it was wrong to sterilize her. It is a narrative that journalists and scholars have done little to correct…
…To say that Buck’s thoughts have never been known before, to say that we just now know “Buck left her own record,” is to say that we did not know before that Buck had agency. To use Buck’s letters to promote a narrative that fails to acknowledge that eugenicists used disability, real or not, as a reason to sterilize people – is also wrong. To use Buck’s letters as proof of “not disabled” meaning she shouldn’t have been sterilized is wrong…
…It is not only insulting to disabled people, but it is also insulting to Carrie Buck and what she went through. Carrie Buck was sterilized under a government law by people who used public fear of disability and “defectiveness” to do it. It was not for people to claim “not disabled” was the one quality that made her sterilization wrong. It was not for people to deny her agency.”
How disgusting, to forcibly sterilising a woman because she is under educated,through no fault of her own. The crimes of America politics is well documented, will the politicians never learn. The shooting by the police of innocent black men and boys. Also the gun laws, which facilitate the massacres of school children, concert goers ect. It’s time the USA got its act together and join the civilised world
How can you put this unsubstantial comment on this site? Isn’t undark supposed to be scientific?
The reasoning for Eugenics were very clear in those times, way, way back in the days. To some extenx still find their way in US laws, yes. Abortion would be an interesting one, love to see you substantiate a pro Or con statement taking Eugenics into the equation and be able to end again with “its time the USA got its act together and join the civilised world.
In my opinion the most frightening part of your comment is how you pull in the racism/police violence into the equation, and without hesitation tell “its time the usa got its act together and join the civilised world. The fact of mixing in “innocent black men and boys” when eugenics are on the table, does not second guess your biased opinion and in my mind already shows that your motives are flawed. If you want to solve anything in this world it has to be one step at a time, for sure needs to be less biased in opinion and for sure has te be kept on topic. Otherwise you will keep fixating on symptoms rather than problems. Which is actually like donating money to a third world/developing country… again I feel tour reasoning represents everything wrong with America
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