Revisiting Hyde’s Eugenics Post
Here’s the thing. Last week the NYT reported the NC eugenics reparations were dead:
“I am just overwhelmed that their mentality is still the same as the politicians who supported eugenics in the first place,” said Elaine Riddick, who was sterilized at 14 after having a baby fathered by a neighbor. “You have done messed up people for life, and this is what you do?”…
“If we do something like this, you open up the door to other things the state did in its history,” Senator Chris Carney, a Republican, told The Mooresville Tribune. “And some, I’m sure you’d agree, are worse than this.”
Hyde failed to mention these circumstances in his post, four days later. He went to some length telling the history of Eugenics, but left out the salient part. Fortunately, Roch Smith has provided it:
One of the leading promoters of the North Carolina eugenics program was Dr. Clarence Gamble, a Boston doctor and heir to the Proctor & Gamble fortune. He helped form Birthright and was the driving force behind the national campaign…
California led the nation in eugenic sterilization, but most of that took place before World War II. North Carolina, Iowa and Georgia expanded their programs after the war…
In 1969, the federal government began to fund sterilization operations under Medicaid. Four years later, the Southern Poverty Law Center sued.
Rather than point to the available facts, Hyde chose to obliquely accuse highly placed progressives who presumably continued to hold political influence. But as the historical record holds, the practitioners of eugenics were not progressives, but conservatives attempting to trim undesirables from the welfare roles.
These are my concerns: (1) the post was extremely well-written and; (2) it was diabolically devious. We know that Jeff Hyde is an idiot. Therefore, it appears C4GC has among its members someone of unprecedented guile and ability.
My money’s on these assholes.