Bell Did Not Want the Deaf Sterilized or “Eradicated.”

Ms. Booth writes that “Bell didn’t just want my family’s language and culture to be obliterated – he wanted us as a people to be obliterated,” and he used “his place of power to advocate for ethnocide.”

This appalling characterization is offensive and cannot be substantiated. There is no evidence anywhere that Bell ever advocated for forced sterilization of deaf people. In fact, he wrote specifically against it.