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zoé samudzi @ztsamudzi
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The “stemming population growth to alleviate poverty” solution for Africa is EUGENICS. Malthusianism masquerading as “family planning” and “philanthropy” is EUGENICS. And @ezraklein is giving one of its biggest proponents, Bill Gates, a platform.
Between Warren’s DNA test “proving” her indigeneity, Bill Gates running around the world operationalizing genocidal logic as “poverty-alleviating” population control, and our general failings in talking about race, our lack of scientific literacy is proving to be so harmful.
“3rd world population growth is the reason for climate change” when in actuality it’s 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions. “Unrestrained growth is the reason for poverty” when we’ve seen decades of parasitic economic and trade policy stunting continental growth.
These western charity-centered models of development are dangerous because states and communities become beholden to the whims of billionaire neoliberals whose philanthropy is not rooted in or dictated by local needs, structures, or desires.
There are STILL necessary reasons why people have lots of children: high infant mortality rates and needing children to support agricultural labor are just two of them. And the pragmatic reasons for having these kids are miraculously rarely discussed in these dev. discourses.
And it’s happening in “feminist” circles. Jill Fillipovic was touting the same awful shit last year
This absolves the west of its responsibility for galloping us down the road to climate catastrophe and it singly blames slow continental growth on Africans rather than the same western forces coercing economic behavior and practicing environmentally harmful resource extraction.
The “feminist” argument is also broken in linking not having children to climate change and pushing “family planning” (as not having kids). What about female agency? What about the social-cultural significance of motherhood? Are you white women going to address that, too?
These are old deeply racist arguments about technocratic solutions to Europe’s very old brown people problem, and they’re being recycled uncritically. It’s infuriating and very scary.
I want to point out the irony in this s/o to the Rockefeller Foundation for financially supporting this program. From 1930-39, the foundation financed the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics, which inspired and conducted Nazi racial studies.
Not much has changed, I see.
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