In this post here, we said that our fervent prayer is that we won’t need another Auschwitz to re-awaken the Western World’s moral sensibilities to the horrors of the once dead Eugenics movement in America.
I want to focus now on one particular bullet point in that post; this one here:
- William Shockley — inventor of the transistor, father of the personal computer, and racial eugenicist — was possessed of beliefs that were nothing more nor less than a perfectly logical step on the path down the ghastly eugenics rabbit hole. (Note how, in the above linked video, Shockley indicates that Eugenics has been in effect in Denmark for years, and is in effect now.)
The link is to a YouTube video in which Dr. Shockley explains in calm, measured terms, to two black intellectuals, his nightmarish beliefs. I want to point you to two things:  the comments responding to the video. They’re calmly, placidly, almost rationally … revolting.
Then, if you have your YouTube preferences set to play the next video, in that video you’ll see  a follow-up video to the one linked above. In this video, the two black intellectuals challenge Shockley’s beliefs. The comments below this video are every bit as disgusting, and exactly the same in nature — but oriented in precisely the opposite direction — as the first set of comments.
The first set of comments says: “I’m an idiot, with the intellectual capacity of a grape, and I hate you, and am willing to contemplate the elimination of “your kind” from the planet, because you’re less intelligent, less good, less worthy than I am. Oh, and it’s because of your race.”
The second set of comments says: “Oh, yeah? Well, I’m an idiot, with the intellectual capacity of a grape, and I hate you, and am willing to contemplate the elimination of “your kind” from the planet, because you’re less intelligent, less good, less worthy than I am. Oh, and it’s because of your race.”
Note how hanging over the entirety of both Shockley’s points and those of the two black intellectuals is the basic assumption that intellectual capacity is directly related to — almost interchangeable with — the concept of “superior” or “inferior.” It’s as if neither side — filled with rabid racists as they are — had (or has) the imagination or vision — the ability? — to contemplate the possibility that there might be a different way of thinking. That just maybe “intellectual capacity“(1) or “intelligence” has nothing whatsoever to do with “superior” or “inferior.”
Kind of says a lot about where we’ve come as a society, eh?
Can you please tell me again why it was such a good idea to banish God from our presence?
(1) I sometime prefer “intellectual capacity” instead of “intelligence,” because the latter term is so nebulous, and so fraught. When people were using the term “intelligence” in the Eugenics movement, they seemed to mean “intellectual capacity,” or shorthand for: the ability to learn, and in particular — probably most importantly — the ability (willingness?) to learn what the eugenicists thought they should learn.