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Darwin's Plantation: Evolution's Racist Roots Paperback – November 29, 2007
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Ken Ham's point in the book is this (made in this quote by a quite famous evolutionary scientist):
"Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory." - Stephen Jay Gould (Ontogeny and Phylogeny - 1977)(p. 15)
That's what Ham is saying.
At no point does he remotely excuse the "Christian" excuses for racism that were common in the 18th and 19th centuries.
At no point does he claim that Darwin invented racism.
He correctly notes that scientists used any number of ways to measure human racial groupings and rank them (head size, brain weight, etc.) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Hitler used those biological arguments to justify his genocides against the Jews, gypsies and everyone else he hated.
In my master's program that I completed two summers ago I saw similar research done to explain low achievement rates by African-Americans in school. Seriously. I think it's junk but it's out there.
Even the co-discoverer of DNA, Dr. James Watson weighs in with a bit of old-fashioned scientific racism: "There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capicities of peoples geographically seperated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so." (October 2007) (p. 55) Search it - I typed in his name and got lots of articles about it.Read more ›
On that day a work of so-called scientific literature hit the stands. It was a treatise that is still considered the foundation of evolutionary biology to too many even today. This monument to the "advancement" of science and civilization was titled: "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life" by Charles Darwin.
In a day and age when we are speaking of tolerance and equality, this book is still the foundation of scientific anthropology and carries the same weight as any supposed sacred text on the planet.
The fact that Darwin's theory has racist undertones and overtones has absolutely nothing to do with any supposed religious dogma and everything to do with error passing itself off as science.
Folks like the Pygmies or Aborigines and a host of others are the transitions of the theory. The links that are not missing. The inferior races of common ancestry. That my friend is racist.
Some think it's unfair to paint Darwin with a racist paint brush. I beg to differ.
Racism is not applied to Darwinism until he makes racist statements like -
"At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla.Read more ›
This book falsely portrays Darwin as a racist when in fact he was much less racist than most white christian creationists that lived during his time. Darwin was actually against slavery unlike many white christians of his day. One of the first critics of evolution was a christian who traded slaves and was the captain of the Beagle.
AIG dishonestly attempts to blame evolution for a major increase in racism in western civilization; western civilization was very racist long before Darwin was even born, this major increase in racism never happened. White people viewed themselves as superior long before Darwin and evolution. The idea that Whites are superior to other races is based on western technology and military power NOT evolution. In fact racism has decreased in the 150 years since Darwin's masterpiece "The Origin Of Species" was publish.
This book was clearly created to slander Darwin and mislead people who don't know the facts.
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Few people know that Charles Darwin's 1859 book "On the Origin of Species" is subtitled "The Preservation of Favored Races and the Struggle for Life. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Sue
The racism and greed that fed the slave trade in colonial America is "the chicken." The egg that followed was "Darwinism" in the 1800's to "modern Evolution" of today. Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by Bill
This shouldn't be about bashing Ken Ham's belief in Creation. The reason so many people are hostile towards Creationism is that they have not done enough research. Read morePublished on May 4, 2008 by cindy
I expected it to be an interesting controversial historical account of Darwin, but I got the idea that Ham was trying to use Darwin's image to dispute the concept of evolution. Read morePublished on February 23, 2008 by J. D. Thomason
A short passage from "The Voyage of the Beagle" will suffice to illuminate Darwin's stance on slavery and racism, at a time when racism was pretty much a given in the mind of most... Read morePublished on February 22, 2008 by Ugo Cei
An online "review" page of anything by Ken Ham raises an important question - does one need to review Ken Ham? Mr. Read morePublished on February 21, 2008 by Ames