Wednesday, April 18, 2018
From 1909 to 1979, the state of California forcible sterilized 20,000 residents deemed genetically inferior by the state.The victims of this state programme include Rose Zaballos, who was forcibly sterilized at the direction of her older brother in 1939 and died as a result of the operation.California was not alone in their efforts to weed out undesirables and breed a master race. Across the country, 32 states, including my own, adopted similar measures to sterilize people with mental illnesses, physical disabilities, racial minorities, and people deemed to exhibit abnormal behavior by the government. 60,000 people were forcibly sterilized from the early 20th century to the late to mid 70’s. California abolished it’s programme in 1979, publicly apologized for it in 2003, and is now considering paying out reparations for it’s victims under Senate Bill 1190. There are currently estimated to be 800 living victims of the eugenics programme. The passage of this bill would make California the third state to provide reparations for the victims of the eugenics movement, following in the footsteps of North Carolina and Virginia.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Source: Brownsville Family Loses 10 Acres of Land to Border Wall
“They had surveyors, engineers and if we didn’t consent to what they wanted to pay for the property, they hit us with the eminent domain, the eminent domain means that the government can pay whatever they want for the properties.”
Juan Cavazos is just one of many landowners who will lose control of his property
My views on the border wall have shifted over the last few months. I use to support the border wall and I was ok with eminent domain in certain situations.
My previous posts supporting the border wall:
A Southern Border Wall Would Be Practical But Certainly Not A Panacea
President Trump Issues Executive Order To Build A Border Wall
I’ve come to realize that the arguments in favor of building a wall, especially from some libertarians, basically boil down to the ends justify the means and an appeal to tradition (i.e. we’ve always done it this way) two rationalizations that I usually vehemently condemn in other areas because I can see that that the long term effects are detrimental. These same rationalizations were used to justify some of the worst human cruelties in history. Similar arguments were made by the Eugenics movement in the early 20th century, not just in favor of immigration restrictions, but also anti-miscegenation laws, forced sterilization by court order and at its height state sanctioned ‘mercy killing’ of people deemed genetically unfit, all for the greater good of humanity. We can look down the road and see that the logical conclusion of these expediency justifications is a tyranny that none are safe from.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
European Union Continues To Fund Persecution of Sengwer People
Source: Forest Peoples Programme, Call to respond to the threats to the Sengwer
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
This very topic was previously covered in Conservation Is A Pretext For Genocide (part 6)
Between December 25th and 29th, the Kenya Forest Service, which is partially funded by the EU, conducted another wave of evictions of the Sengwer communities in Cherangany Hills. 100 armed KFS guards were deployed to the Sengwer communities in Cherangany Hills and Embobut forest to force them to leave, arresting community members and burning their homes down. Despite being the indigenous inhabitants of Cherangany hills and Embobut forest, the Sengwer have faced decades of persecution by the Kenyan government simply for living there, even though the 2010 national constitution recognizes their right to occupy ancestral lands (Article 63.2.d.ii) and the supreme court of Kenya granted an injunction against the evictions in 2013. Oddly enough, the same region is the site of a joint
conservationeffort between the EU and Kenyan government: the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. The KFS and their parent agency, the Ministry of Environment, have used the presence of a water tower in the region as an excuse to terrorize the Sengwer, claiming to be protecting the water tower for Kenya. The video below is from a similar eviction conducted a few years ago.
UN Convention 1021 defines genocide as: a) Killing members of the group;(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Source: The Oregonian
Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler lost custody of both of their sons. The Department of Human Services placed Fabbrini's first son, Christopher, in foster care four years ago. They took her second son, who was born this February, straight from the hospital. While the state found no evidence of abuse or neglect, a psychological evaluation of the couple revealed that Fabbrini has an IQ of 72 and Ziegler has an IQ of 66. Thus, the state used their lack of intelligence as the sole grounds for deeming them unfit to be parents. Amy Fabbrini's father, Raymond Fabbrini, prompted the state to take custody of Amy's first son Christopher. The report relays that she had a falling out with her father who urged her to put Christopher up for adoption and said among other things that she
doesn't have the instincts to be a motherand was a lazy child that didn't do nothing. Her father currently has custody of twin girls she bore in a previous marriage before she met Ziegler. Since the couple lost custody of their newborn, they have taken classes on parenting, first aid, CPR and nutrition through WIC, MountainStar, and Healthy Families of the High Desert to no avail. They are currently only allowed supervised visits to their sons.
It doesn't make sense to assign as much weight to IQ as the state has. People with average or above average IQs can still have disorders that impair their judgment as parents to the point where they aren't able to sufficiently provide for and protect their children. It is not the best measurement of how well a person can raise a child by a long shot. A high IQ doesn't make one capable of being a parent and a low IQ doesn't make one incapable of being a parent. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the average IQ is 70 yet no one is advocating to take away their children despite the squalor they live in, but these facts are immaterial. The principle of the matter is that all citizens are afforded the same rights under the constitution regardless of intelligence or any other heritable characteristic. The 14th amendment stipulates that every citizen of each state must not be
deprived of life, liberty, or property without due processand should be given equal protection of the laws. Fabbrini and Ziegler should first be proven neglectful and incompetent as parents before having their children taken from them, just as any other couple would be treated by the state. State law stipulates, among other things, that the case workers make an effort to reunite the family and that a magistrate conduct a permanency hearing to determine if the children can return home and plan for such an occasion. None of this was done.
From what I have seen in the video, their intellectual disabilities seem mild at worst. Perhaps assistance from a social worker would prove a better solution then breaking up the family.