Dedicate park to eugenics victims?
Gus Thomson - 9/15/09
Land in Auburn that has become a battleground over the racist beliefs of a Nobel-Prize-winning scientist could also become a monument to those who suffered or died because of those views.
With his board garnering national and international media attention for accepting parkland on the condition that it is named after a racist scientist, the Auburn Recreation District’s Gordy Ainsleigh is proposing a memorial on the land honoring victims of the eugenics beliefs William Shockley championed.
But an opponent to the name said it would still not remove the stain a park named after Shockley would leave on the community.
Ainsleigh said Monday that he expects the recreation district’s acquisition and development committee to consider his request Wednesday to eventually turn the 28-acre site just east of Auburn city limits into both a park and a memorial for victims of eugenics.
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