I was born in 1927. That was the year Charles Lindbergh flew to Paris and Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs. These high points remain vivid in my memory. Later, however, I became aware of two other happenings that plunged hundreds of my human brothers and sisters into a terrible dark and dismal slough of despondance.

In 1927, Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle). In it he called for the cleansing of the human stock of the world. He cried out for the building of a super race. He wrote:

Also in 1927, United States Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote a ruling in the case of Buck v. Bell. In it, he claimed that persons with intellectual disabilities were “a sap on the strength of the state.” He did not, however, call these individuals “intellectually disabled.” He called them...

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