In 1896 the [United States] Supreme Court’s decision in Plessy v. Ferguson legalized racial segregation, so that a legally racialized nation was confirmed. Notions of the race inferiority of non-European-origin populations stemmed from the fear of the genetic annihilation* of European-origin populations. Northern European intellectuals feared racial annihilation by way of miscegenation with non-European populations, and racial degradation as a result of the higher fertility of populations from southern and eastern Europe. Essentialism took on a biogenetic character at the turn of the century, and the eugenics movement was the most organized expression of this intellectual development.
The twentieth century began with the growing influence of the eugenics movement in Europe and the development of scientific justification of the racial inferiority of peoples from Africa, Asia, and
Fertility and Racial Stratification
Author(s): Antonio McDaniel
Source: Population and Development Review, Vol. 22, Supplement: Fertility in the United
States: New Patterns, New Theories (1996), pp. 134-150
*The Fear of a Black Planet is delusional. This was once Planet Melanin. Fearing a return to a previous state which led to the current state has no basis in logic or reason. Additionally, it is our contention that there is no such thing as so-called “white” people. White people do not exist because there is not a single quantifiable, empirical, phenomenon upon which to base the idea that people are white. Furthermore, there is no material substance from which to derive so-called “white” people. On the other hand there is melanin. Melanin is the aromatic biopolymer and organic semiconductor that makes people black. Melanin is currently worth $300 a gram more than gold. That gives melanin 6 times the value of gold. That means melanin is valuable. It is valuable because it is important.