On the ‘Fear of Genetic Annihilation.’

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,…… Continue reading On the ‘Fear of Genetic Annihilation.’