The Global Rise of Eugenics: Spreading Racism and Ableism

The eugenics movement arose from research conducted by Sir Francis Galton in which he concluded that the children of distinguished individuals were more likely to become distinguished than the children of people who were not distinguished. His findings led to the idea of selective breeding as a way to encourage those with desirable characteristics to marry and produce offspring while discouraging the reproduction of people considered less desirable. Galton called this process eugenics, which comes from the Greek word “eugenes” and means well-born. He…