In the documentary A Dangerous Idea Eugenics, Genetics and The American Dream, a dangerous idea has threatened the American Dream from the beginning – the belief that some groups and individuals are inherently superior to others and more deserving of fundamental rights. Such biased eugenic views provided an excuse for some of America’s most shameful history. And now they’re back, reflected in statements by the current administration and their immigration policies.
The documentary reveals how biologically determined politics has historically disenfranchised women and people of color, provided a rationale for state sanctioned crimes committed against America’s most vulnerable citizens, and now gains new traction under the Trump administration.
The film is also a radical reassessment of the meaning, use, and misuse of gene science. It features interviews with prominent scientists, victims of eugenic policies, and social thinkers, including Van Jones and Robert Reich.
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