Eugenics is defined as the destruction of the means of reproduction and the subsequent murder of children deemed unfit to live.
In the 1970’s, several activists and women’s rights groups discovered several physicians to be performing coerced sterilizations of specific ethnic groups of society. All were abuses of poor, nonwhite, or mentally retarded women, while no abuses against white or middle-class women were recorded.
In 1972, United States Senate committee testimony brought to light that at least 2,000 involuntary sterilizations had been performed on poor Black women without their consent or knowledge. An investigation revealed that the surgeries were all performed in the South, and were all performed on Black welfare mothers with multiple children. Testimony revealed that many of these women were threatened with an end to their welfare benefits until they consented to sterilization.
These surgeries were instances of sterilization abuse, a term applied to any sterilization performed without the consent or knowledge of the recipient, or in which the recipient is pressured into accepting the surgery. Because the funds used to carry out the surgeries came from the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, the sterilization abuse raised older suspicions, especially amongst the black community, that “federal programs were underwriting eugenicists who wanted to impose their views about population quality on minorities and poor women.”
Forced sterilization isn’t the only means of population control used by racist eugenicists. Early and late term abortions are often pushed on Black mothers as a form of birth control.
The following national statistics indicate the epidemic proportions at which Black babies are being killed:
More than 19 million Black babies have been aborted since the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in our country.
Non-Hispanic Black women have a significantly higher abortion rate (25.1 per 1000 women of reproductive age) than that of Non-Hispanic Whites (6.8) and Hispanics (11.2)
36.0% of all abortions in the U.S. in 2014 were performed on Black women, however, only about 13.3% of the total population is Black
African-Americans are no longer the nation’s largest minority group. Today, Hispanics have outpaced Blacks in population growth.
For every 1,000 live births, non-Hispanic Black women had 390 abortions. Non-Hispanic White women had 111 abortions/1,000 live births
If the definition of genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation, then America’s eugenics programs present a gross violation of human rights and yet another strong argument for Black reparations.
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