Signs for EUGENICS

Definition: a set of beliefs and practices that aim to improve the genetic quality of a human population, historically by excluding people and groups judged to be inferior and promoting those judged to be superior. []

Related signs: GENOCIDE, ethnic cleansing, AUDISM, OPPRESSION.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Eugenics and Deaf

The practice of eugenics by audist hearing people (including Alexander G. Bell) has been and is still practiced today in attempts to wipe Deaf people via cochlear implants since the 1990s (and, previously, all kinds of methods of oralism) with the ban of using sign language in deaf schools around the world since the infamous Congress of Milan 1880, sterilization (especially during the World War II in Nazi Germany), intermarriage via shutting down deaf schools, prenatal screening, and so on.


"This legacy of eugenics is still evident in medicine today in 1) the failure to value sign language and 2) the acceptance of practices regarding deaf children that are contrary to medical ethics and anomalous to the standards of medical practice otherwise." -- Source

"When based on professional advice not to use sign language in order to 'force' reliance on sound, language deprivation can be considered iatrogenic." Dr. Sanjay Gulati

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