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.