I’ve only heard of eugenics when talking about the Nazi regime and the Holocaust. But, these articles have opened my eyes to America’s dark history of eugenics. Eugenics is the practice of ridding undesirable types of people from the gene pool. The definition of undesirable changes with who is doing the eugenics. Eugenics is usually done by forced sterilization, like vasectomies and tubal litigations. American supporters of eugenics wanted to get rid of “imbeciles”, homosexuals, and overly-sexual people. Many of the people who were forcibly sterilized were women of color who came from low socio-economic statuses. Many of the laws that were passed to legalize sterilization in many states were repealed in the 1970’s. Still, in the 2010’s , over 100 women inmates were sterilized forcefully in California. The justifications for these acts were still the same, with these undesirables out of the gene pool there will be less crime and other issues in the future. In the past, the scientists in favor of eugenics used similar rhetoric. They justified it with classic darwinian evolutionary biology. This rhetoric was able to sway the intellectual side of society, even going as far to sway the Supreme Court.
It can be argued that eugenics is a techno-fix, it was a scientific fix for the issue of crime and, at the time, undesirable actions by people. Science and society are intrinsically linked, but time after time I believe that it’s proven that there should be no techno-fixes. One of the main reasons society changes and evolves is because of science. New scientific discoveries have massively changed how we see the world, imagine if we had never discovered the secrets of DNA. So, no, I do not believe that eugenics, which was a misuse of evolutionary biology, is proof that we should keep science and society separated.