Engineering the Perfect Human Essay
History has shown the attempts made to create a perfect, pure race of humans. Eugenics (the science of improving a human population by controlled or selective breeding to produce desirable heritable …show more content…
Nazi Germany under Hitler is probably the most infamous instance where eugenics and scientific racism (using scientific findings as a basis for racism) were used to attempt to create the perfect human, as it involved the use of genocide to create a population with desirable genetic characteristics, and not simply government legislation. However, other countries also attempted to maintain a “pure,” “superior” race, although their methods were not as extreme as Hitler’s.
Apartheid in South Africa from the 1940s onwards followed a similar pattern of racist legislation. The white Afrikaans government, the National Party (NP), believed that the white race was superior to the non-white (specifically black) races, and attempted to maintain this “superiority.” The “Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act No 55 of 1949” prohibited marriage between whites and non-whites, while the “Immorality Amendment Act, Act No 21 of 1950” prohibited interracial sexual intercourse.
The use of eugenics also occurred in the USA, where white supremacy was implied through