Thursday, May 6, 2010

FYI: It's no longer called Goethe Park

Charles Goethe founded CSUS and gave the University $640,000 at his death. He was a lifelong Sacramentan.

Goethe also recommended compulsory sterilization of the 'socially unfit', opposed immigration, and praised German scientists who used a comprehensive sterilization program to 'purify' the Aryan race before the outbreak of World War II. Goethe also funded anti-Asian campaigns, praised the Nazis before and after World War II, and practiced discrimination in his business dealings, refusing to sell real estate to Mexicans and Asians.

Goethe believed a variety of social successes (wealth, leadership, intellectual discoveries) and social problems (poverty, illegitimacy, crime and mental illness) could be traced to inherited biological attributes associated with 'racial temperament'.

Therefore, Goethe Park is now River Bend Park.


Kaitlin said...

I always that it was named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe the German philosopher. Sounds like it was a good thing they changed it.

Kaitlin said...

So you are still planning on doing the great race?

Jeremy Burlingame said...

I'll probably just go and watch, not in good enough shape to race.