Talk about Brave New World....
In 1975, Ohio, I went to a junior high that organized us into the following teams of about 100 kids each:
Omegas - Team color: Green - The more affluent, perceived brighter kids, designated as the future leaders.
Sigmas - Team color: Orange - Designated as the future foremen of America
Deltas - Team color: Blue - Kids who were designated as ‘blue collar’ worker bees.
Thetas - Team color: Brown - And as a complete coincidence, I’m sure, their designated team color tended to match the skin pigmentation of the students in that team.
I’m not typically the tinfoil type but as I’ve looked back on those years I feel we were part of some new age social engineering experiment.
There were no official sterilizations in Ohio and therefore there is no register for the number of people sterilized. Nonetheless, Paul (p. 587) discusses a case where the sterilizations of feebleminded was carried out without a law, and given the widespread use of eugenics in many areas and the five attempts made by Ohio to pass a sterilization law, there may have been informal sterilizations carried out.
Passage of Law
Although Ohio never had an official sterilization law, this does not seem to be for lack of interest in the state. There were five attempts to bring a sterilization statute to the law books in Ohio from 1915 to 1963 (surprising as almost all states that had laws had stopped sterilizing by the sixties). The closest any of the laws got to passage was a 1925 law that passed both houses but was vetoed by Governor Alvin Victor Donahey. Two bills in 1939 didnt make it out of committee. The 1963 bill, probably one of the last attempts by a state in the US to pass such a measure, died in committee as well (Paul, pp. 592-93).
Yes, it failed and thank God for Ohio Governor Alvin Victor Donahey.