Darwin Week, Black History Month and Scientific Racism Part 1 – The “Man-Monkey”

Genesis 1:26 “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”

Black Lives Matter, a Marxist organization, is finally protesting something everyone should agree on. BLM contacted the Natural History Museum in London, protesting their “offensive” displays of Charles Darwin that helped frame his Theory of Evolution but ignited the movement of scientific racism around the globe, especially during World War II. You see, Darwin was, as with many scientists of his time, a racist.

Darwin was not the first to give biological arguments for racism, but as Harvard evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould admits, “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory” (Ontogeny and Phylogeny, 1977).

Coincidently, this week is Darwin’s birthday. Universities across America are celebrating, as Central Washington University declares, “The science of evolution and Darwin’s contributions to our modern world.”

Besides its glaring defect of racism, the major problem with the theory of evolution is that it is not science!

As Harvard Zoology Professor Richard Lewontin, one of the most famous evolutionists of the 20th century once famously stated about the Theory of Evolution: “We take the side of science despite the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, despite its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises, despite the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment… to materialism. We are forced by an a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counterintuitive, …for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”

Evolution’s promotion of racism through science first emerged in Darwin’s original title for his 1859 book: “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life”. His 1871 book ‘The Descent of Man’ was racially charged: “My objective is to show there is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties. The difference in mind between man and higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.”

Darwin’s objective is a direct shot against this week’s verse, where God declares that all men, regardless of ethnicity, are specially created in His image, with moral accountabilities to their Creator. Darwin, however, preached that man evolved from apes and then kept evolving as various races, with some races more developed than others. He and many other scientists then classified the white race as more advanced than other people groups like pygmies, aborigines and Africans, labeling them “savages”.

Professor Pamela Newkirk (PhD, Journalism) of NY University explains why teaching evolution as science still has racist implications: “Leading men of science from Harvard, Princeton and Columbia were saying Africans were midway between an orangutan and a human being. Now 100 years later, it should not come as a surprise that many people still cling to these notions of European superiority and African inferiority.”

Using our tax dollars, this week public schools celebrate a philosophy with a dark history of racism which most of us do not know. The “Man-Monkey” museum display is a tragic case in point. It began with Darwin.

Just 3 months after Charles Darwin released ‘Origin of Species’ in 1859, P.T. Barnum promoted Darwin’s book by unveiling his new attraction at his popular museum in New York City, calling the display “What Is It? – the ‘Man-Monkey’”. Visitors were told this ‘creature’ had been captured by hunters in Africa, who discovered a new ‘race’ that were somewhere between monkeys and humans. The promoters claimed scientists touted this ‘creature’ as a connecting link between African blacks and lower animals.

In reality, Barnum’s “man-monkey” was an African American man named William Henry Johnson. Johnson spent much of his life on display, sometimes in a cage, as an evolutionary ‘missing link’. The media was promoted the deception, writing that “Barnum’s species was a cross between an ape and a negro” (New York Tribune). Many more “missing link” displays were promoted across America throughout the 1800’s, culminating in the 1906 Bronx exhibit known as “The Human Zoo” (our article for next week). While we all rightly combat racism wherever we encounter it, these efforts are after-the-fact. To truly dismantle racism in America, start teaching the truth in our schools about evolution’s history of scientific racism that today remains hidden, while the lie that it is “science” continues indoctrinating our youth.

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