[Marxism] Racism and Eugenics, American-Style | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 27 08:37:28 MDT 2018

As the Trump administration’s openly racist policies become ever more 
pronounced, two timely documentaries serve as an anti-toxin. Available 
exclusively from its distributor Bullfrog Films, “A Dangerous Idea: 
Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream” takes on the bogus science 
that underpins Trump’s complaint about too many people from “shithole 
countries” like Haiti and not enough from Norway. In September 2016, the 
Independent reported that Donald Trump’s biographer Michael D’Antonio 
accused him of subscribing to the “racehorse theory” of genetics taught 
to him by his Fred Trump, who was arrested at a KKK riot in 1927. 
D’Antonio wrote that “They believe that there are superior people and 
that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior 
man, you get a superior offspring.”

Under Trump, police terror continues unabated with the most recent 
occurrence being the killing of Stephon Clark in Sacramento in his 
grandmother’s backyard. The cops thought that the cell phone he was 
holding in his hand was a gun just like the wallet that Amadou Diallo 
removed from his pocket to identify himself to trigger-happy cops who 
poured bullets into him. In reality, the fear of a cell phone and a 
wallet was lubricated by a racism that has been the high-octane fuel 
behind all these incidents. For most activists, it was the murder of 
Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri that propelled Black Lives Matter 
into a mass movement. Although I am probably like most CounterPunch 
readers in keeping up with Michael Brown’s death and the aftermath, I 
was stunned by the investigative reporting manifested in “Stranger 
Fruit” that can be rented on Youtube, Amazon and iTunes. It will also 
have a broadcast premiere in June on Starz.


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