By Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor

Sounding like Darwin, Madison Gant unequivocally declared in The Passing of the Great Race:

“Mistaken regard for what are believed to be divine laws and a sentimental belief in the sanctity of human life tend to prevent both the elimination of defective infants and the sterilization of such adults as are themselves of no value to the community.

“The laws of nature require the obliteration of the unfit and human life is valuable only when it is of use to the community or race… As the percentage of incompetents increases, the burden of their support will become ever more onerous until, at no distant date, society will in self-defense put a stop to the supply of feebleminded and criminal children of weaklings.”

Grant saw that the main vehicle which can stop his Darwinian principle from fruition is the church, as he added:

“The church assumes a serious responsibility toward the future of the race whenever it steps in and preserves a defective strain. The marriage of deaf-mutes was hailed a generation ago as a triumph of humanity. Now it is recognized as an absolute crime against the race. A great injury is done to the community by the perpetuation of worthless types. Before eugenics was understood much could be said from a Christian and humane viewpoint in favor of indiscriminate charity for the benefit of the individual.”

Unless readers didn’t get his message the first time, Grant ensured everyone that he meant business by relentlessly saying,

“Those who read these pages will feel that there is little hope for humanity, but the remedy has been found, and can be quickly and mercifully applied. A rigid system of selection through the elimination of those who are weak or unfit—in other words, Social failures—would solve the whole question in a century, as well as enable us to get rid of the undesirables who crowd our jails, hospitals and insane asylums.

“The individual himself can be nourished, educated, and protected by the community during his lifetime, but the state through sterilization must see to it that his line stops with him, or else future generations will be cursed with an ever-increasing load of victims of misguided sentimentalism. This is a practical, merciful and inevitable solution to the whole problem and can be applied to an ever-widening circle of social discards, beginning always with the criminal, the diseased, and the insane and extending gradually to types which may be called weaklings rather than defectives and perhaps ultimately to worthless race types.”

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