Results for - "The Racehorse Theory" -- Ignorance, Stupidity Or Hate Speech?
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1. When President Trump recently spoke to a crowd at a recent campaign rally in Minnesota, he famously said, "You have good genes, you know that, right? You have good genes. A lot of it is about the genes, isn't it, don't you believe? The racehorse theory. You think we're so different? You have good genes in Minnesota." The President was speaking to a nearly all-White crowd in Bemidji, Minnesota, a city that's about 80% White in a state that's even more White. The question is, do you think he actually knows what the "Racehorse Theory" refers to in this context?
Yes, he absolutely knows what it is
I think he believes it's completely a different thing than it really is
2. The "Racehorse Theory" refers to the thoroughbred breeding concept popularized by early 20th century horse breeder John E. Madden who stated "Breed the best to the best and hope for the best." Madden is only known for his work with horses, but when his concepts are applied to human beings, the idea is known as Eugenics. It's the pseudo-scientific ideology through which the Nazi party rationalized the Holocaust. The president's remarks quickly drew ire from Holocaust historians. "As a historian who has written about the Holocaust, I'll say bluntly: This is indistinguishable from the Nazi rhetoric that led to Jews, disabled people, LGBTQ, Romani and others being exterminated," tweeted Steve Silberman, author of "NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity." The idea that white Minnesotans, like racehorses, have superior, inheritable genes is white supremacy — embraced not as a cultural construct, but as if it were based in hard science. Do you think it was a inappropriate of him to mention this theory in this context?
3. This was not the first time President Trump has brought up genetics or the "Racehorse Theory". In an interview on PBS Frontline's "The Choice," Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio revealed that the president has been a long believer in the theory. "The family subscribes to a racehorse theory of human development," D'Antonio says in the documentary. "They believe that there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring." Trump praised his own family's genes in a 2017 interview with CNN. "Well, I think I was born with the drive for success because I have a certain gene," he said. "I'm a gene believer … Hey, when you connect two race horses, you usually end up with a fast horse." Earlier this year, he praised notorious anti-Semite and American industrialist Henry Ford, saying he had "good bloodlines." In the past, the president has spoken about his pride in his "German blood." The population of Minnesota whose genes he praised is largely of Germanic and Nordic descent. Do you believe Trump will lose the Jewish vote (if he had them) with this comment?
4. As a Jew, this particular theory is hurtful and despicable. I personally have no use for Trump, as a man, role model of any kind and certainly not as the leader of what should be the most powerful example of a country in the world. I do not have a vote, as a Canadian, but as a Jew, I renounce what he says as inflammatory and disrespectful to the millions of Jews and others who lost their lives due to this theory being spouted as Nazi rhetoric during World War II. Do you agree with me?
09/28/2020 News 2276 203 By: Harriet56