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Bar Bulletin

A Response to ‘Eugenics: Buck Trends or Fall Under a New Bell Curve’

October 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Conrad Reynoldson and Paige Hardy

Recently, the King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin published an article titled “Eugenics: Buck Trends or Fall Under a New Bell Curve.” What this article casually mentions, but fails to fully address, is the traumatic history of eugenics in the United States. 

This history is rooted in ableism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism, racism and xenophobia. The pseudoscience of genetic superiority was supported and protected by laws through the enactment of harmful policies in the early 20th Century. As members of various marginalized communities within our society and within this profession, we believe it is our...

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