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The wrongs of the eugenics movement, James Watson

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Interviewee: James Watson. James Watson discusses the failure of eugenics to identify genetic differences between people they considered "fit" and "unfit." Here he talks about the families labeled as genetically unfit could just have easily been called victims of fate and poverty. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Threat of the Unfit > Epilogue > Victims of awful fate)
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There wasn't much good about the eugenics movement, they really couldn't identify good families, and there's, calling people genetically unfit was generally, without reason, or it wasn't clear that these families were alcoholic or thieves because of genes. You could have very easily said, they were just the victims of awful fate, you lose your job or you know, what do you do, you can't support your family or your family breaks apart because of poverty.
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