Senior Project Advisor
scientific racism, race, biology, evolution, white supremacy, race science, eugenics, Social Darwinism, sterilization, racism
A dissection of the origins, history, persistence, and impacts of various threads of scientific racism. This paper traces scientific racism from its roots in evolutionary biology through Social Darwinism and eugenics. By exploring the historical connection between scientific racism and white supremacy, this research aims to reveal some of the ways in which contemporary science, racism, and society at large have been shaped by the past. Tracing these threads will follow scientific racism from its origins to the beginnings of Social Darwinism and eugenics, through American cultivation of eugenics and its connections to Nazi Germany, to ongoing eugenicist policies and white supremacist terrorism in our modern world.
Keay, Kim, "White Lies Matter: The Evolution, Persistence, and Impact of Scientific Racism" (2022). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 585.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Scientific racism; Social Darwinism; Eugenics; Involuntary sterilization
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