I have no use for the term, the methods of thinking, or the devaluation of human potential found in those professing Eugenics! I make no excuses, broke no apologies, and suffer no eugenic fool any ground for any reason. Frankly, I would see a full reckoning of those professors of Eugenics in a court of law, where the punishment meted out is community service in distinctive clothing, cleaning streets, pulling weeds, and scrubbing graffiti. The professing of Eugenics where humans are concerned is a blatant lie!
H.H. Goddard (inventor of the term “moron”) used psychological testing to “prove” the feeble-mindedness of a significant number of Jews, Italians, Hungarians, Russians, and other Eastern Europeans attempting to immigrate into America in the early 1900s. Representing the same thinking that allowed the Tuskegee Experiment upon Black people where sexually transmitted diseases were deliberately given, and medication deliberately withheld, all because a population was deemed inferior and useful only for research! The thinking that supports Eugenics can send any number of people to Siberia to starve to death, send people into gas chambers, or mow them down in busloads with bullets, chemical weapons, or any number of vile methods culled from all of human history.
Eugenics is just a fancy word for racism, and I will tolerate no racist bigot! Ever!
Yet, here we have, again, a crossing of “modern psychology” and the acolytes of Wundt, with K-12 government-mandated education. All are working their poison to denigrate, deride, dismiss, and dismantle human potential by treating a child like an animal. Using impulses and stimuli, to program behavior (brainwash) and produce through “K-12 Education,” drones and illiterate masses. Do we understand that K-12 Education is not educating at all? Do we see that the war for the classroom has been waged, and the casualties are smart, intelligent, and beautiful children who have been wasted, blighted, and hindered? Why do we allow this tyranny to thrive?
Over my lifespan, I have heard, multiple times, that the Black people in America were treated horribly as slaves. Correct, they were slaves, and slavery is horrible. No doubt, no discussion is needed. As is often the case, the worst treatment of Black people, as slaves, came at Black Slave owners’ hands. But, every race coming to America has suffered the bigotry, the hatred, the stupid waste of potential through social programming, and I am sick to death of passing out excuse cards for poor behavior because someone oppressed your family in America’s history.
The Chinese and Japanese, including Filipinos, Koreans, Vietnamese, and other Asian ethnicities, were treated as slaves, second-and third-class citizens. You do not see them rioting, murdering, burning, looting, and terrorizing cities because of their treatment in history. Irish, Hungarians, Russians, Greeks, Jews, Catholics, Muslims, etc., all have periods of history where they were treated horribly, and they aren’t in the streets of America throwing a fit, starting fires, and beating their neighbors to death. I worked for a person who came to America illegally, became a citizen, and then considered it a right to oppress his fellow illegal Mexicans through low wages, hard work, and abuse. One day, I had that job, then the boss fired me to hire five illegal Mexicans for the wages I earned.
Do we not understand that the mother of Eugenics, Margaret Sanger, was a racist bigot who wanted to eradicate the Black Population through abortion? Wundt, Dewey, Skinner, Pavlov, Goddard, Cattell, etc., all had similar ideas, control who was allowed to breed, to change the human genome, and eradicate “undesirable populations.” Who is the most famous eugenicist in History; Mao, Stalin, and Hitler all compete for that title. Still, we accept Eugenics in classroom “education” and limit potential through the labels of race, poverty, and so many other useless and denigrating titles.
What limits potential?
Choice and effort! Perception and valuation cycles where a choice is made, natural consequences occur, and the valuation of those consequences delivers to the agent the ability to continue with the original choice or choose another action with differing consequences. Choice and consequence, effort, and time, these are what limit potential! Poverty is a condition that can be overcome through effort! Race has nothing to do with potential! Our societies have been purposefully programmed to believe that the only thing that separates a successful person from an unsuccessful person is their race and their parents’ income level at birth.
I am done with this lie! I refuse the Kool-Aid! I abhor the preachers and acolytes of modern psychology who create limits based upon standardized tests, where the student has been refused preparation, and the score determines their entire educational experience.
I am a living, breathing example that poverty does not dictate potential. I was raised in a poor and abusive family; my mother was labeled as dyslexic and a poor learner in school, which was her excuse for not achieving. My father is brilliant as a musician, but his potential was limited to the band in school, and he never conquered his labels. I hold a double master’s degree, graduating with 3.7+ GPA’s in both degree programs from accredited schools. I was told my whole life college was not an option. Shortly, I will complete my Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where my dissertation is on andragogy in call centers’ corporate training.
In my professional career, I have been a sheepherder, a dairy worker, a heavy equipment machinery operator, a truck driver, HAZMAT specialist, marine engineer, firefighter, explosives expert, infantry soldier, a buyer, a contract specialist, a program manager, a project manager, and so much more. Why; because I refuse to be classified by titles. I have been bullied, beat up, attacked, sexually assaulted, discriminated against, and so much more. But, I refuse to be labeled and kept down because some racist bigot, or eugenic acolyte, has decided I am less worthy than someone else!
The scourge of society is the pernicious lies spread by modern psychologists that Eugenics is a way of life, that only the fittest can survive and mate. People can be classified, labeled, and filed away like books in a library through controlling education. I refute the modern psychologist’s authority to act in a manner conducive to Mao, Stalin, and Hitler in destroying another child’s life through Eugenics! I refuse to accept any authority that would allow Eugenics to thrive one second longer as a method for classifying people and stealing their potential.
I have the scars of a life fully lived. I have the injuries of military service to mind and body. I bear the marks of a lot of hate. But, I have the dignity of knowing who I am, what I stand for, and what I will and will NOT accept. I will not accept being labeled. I am an AMERICAN. I believe that “A(h) ME I CAN,” because I am an American! I am not perfect, but I do not expect perfection from anyone, only the willingness to strive for today to be better than yesterday.
Join Me! Refuse the labels! Refute the authority! Stop the lies of Eugenics! End this scourge of tyranny that has been laid upon our shoulders like a yoke of captivity. We are humans, we have a soul, we have dignity, grace, mercy, and we believe in justice, truth, and moral integrity as the bulwark of one “Rule of Law.”
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