(UK) University College London apologises for role in promoting eugenics – The Guardian (Richard Adams | January 2021)

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A bit of a departure for a news item today.  We felt this news story from academia worth sharing.  It relates to ableism and racism our two pet hates, the scientific lie of eugenics and a long-overdue bit of corrective action by a major UK college

Links to early eugenicists such as Francis Galton a source of ‘deep regret’ to institution

University College London has expressed “deep regret” for its role in the propagation of eugenics, alongside a promise to improve conditions for disabled staff and students and a pledge to give “greater prominence” to teaching the malign legacy of the discredited movement.

The formal apology for legitimising eugenics – the advocacy of selective breeding of the population often to further racist or discriminatory aims – is UCL’s latest effort to address its links to early eugenicists such as Francis Galton, who funded a professorship in eugenics at the university.

“UCL acknowledges with deep regret that it played a fundamental role in the development, propagation and legitimisation of eugenics,” the university said as part of its apology.

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(UK) University College London apologises for role in promoting eugenics – The Guardian (Richard Adams | January 2021)


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