[Marxism] Fwd: Swedish socialism and eugenics | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 17 14:08:55 MDT 2015

In 1997 the world was shocked to learn that between 1935 and 1976 Social 
Democratic governments forced 63,000 women into being sterilized. As 
part of a eugenics program meant to weed out the genetically or racially 
”inferior,” the women were told that they would lose benefits and be 
separated from their living children if they refused. Typically the 
women were poor, learning disabled or people with non-Nordic or mixed 
ethnic backgrounds.

The Roma were prime targets of this persecution. In January 2011, 
Swedish government official Erik Ullenhag admitted, “Throughout history 
the Roma have been victims of unacceptable abuse, such as forced 
sterilisation and being deprived of the right to educate their 
children.” Long after forced sterilization came to an end, the Roma were 
still being singled out in a Nordic version of racial profiling as 
CounterPuncher Ritt Goldstein reported on secret files maintained by the 
cops on Romas, a so-called “gypsy registry”. One entry reported a woman 
as being as “black as night”.

full: http://louisproyect.org/2015/07/17/swedish-socialism-and-eugenics/

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