Eugenics Supporter Wins Congressional Primary
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 6, 2004
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE--Republican voters in Tennessee's 8th Congressional District on Thursday selected an outspoken supporter of eugenics to represent their party in the November election.
James L. Hart was chosen by a wide margin over write-in candidate Dennis Bertrand in the primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives seat.
Hart, 60, has authored "Favored Races", which includes what he calls his "Eugenic Manifesto". In his book and campaign website, Hart argued that "poverty genes" are leading the United States into social and economic decline. He promised to work toward a national eugenic policy to keep people of "less favorable races" -- primarily those originating in sub-Saharan Africa -- from having children or moving into the U.S.
Eugenics is a discredited, false science that was popular in the early part of the last century in the U.S. and Canada and some European counties. The eugenics movement led to the documented, legal sterilization of 66,000 Americans -- most with mental retardation and mental illness -- between 1907 and 1980. It also led to the forced sterilizations of an estimated 400,000 Europeans under the Nazi regime.
Hart describes eugenics as "a public health issue . . . that could directly improve the human condition". He also advocates for, among other things, keeping "imbeciles and 10th generation welfare recipients" from voting.
Hart ran unopposed until Bertrand, who had been on active duty with the National Guard, recently learned of Hart's candidacy. Bertrand entered the GOP congressional race, but was too late to get on the ballot. So he launched the write-in campaign.
"I think his beliefs are not beliefs of any party that I know of," Bertrand said Thursday night, after receiving less than 20 percent of the vote. "I knew it was going to be a really long shot, but in good conscience, I had to at least give it an attempt."
Hart received 80 percent of the vote in Thursday's primary. He will face Democratic incumbent Representative John Tanner, who has represented the district for the last 15 years.
Hart got just three percent of the vote when he ran for the post as an Independent in 2002.
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