The real ideological and historical danger to blacks in this country has been Charles Darwin and Margaret Sanger, not Confederate memorabilia. While blacks want all memories of the Confederacy removed from sight, it’s the godless doctrine of evolution and the racist origin of Planned Parenthood that are a greater danger because they are rooted in false science raised to the level of scientific dogma.
In the 1925 “Scope’s Trial,” the defendant John Scopes taught from “an approved school text called A Civic Biology by George Hunter.”1 The book is a rehearsal of “Darwinism’s social implications. In particular, chapter seventeen discusses the application to human society of “the laws of selection” and approves the eugenic policies and scientific racism common in the United States at the time.”
“Hunter believed that it would be criminal to hand down ‘handicaps’ to the next generation and regarded families with a history of tuberculosis, epilepsy and feeblemindedness as ‘parasitic on society.’ The remedy, according to Hunter, is to prevent breeding.”2
Here’s how Hunter put it:
“If such people were lower animals, we would probably kill them off to prevent them from spreading. Humanity will not allow this, but we do have the remedy of separating the sexes in asylums or other places and in various ways preventing intermarriage and the possibilities of perpetuating such a low and degenerate race.”3
Darwinian evolution validated the eugenics movement by giving it scientific legitimacy. The same was true about entrenched ideas concerning race. “Hunter believed that the most evolved of the ‘races of man’ is that of ‘the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America,’ which is ‘the highest type of all.'”4
The full title of Darwin’s 1859 defense of evolution was On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Darwin’s supporters claim that his use of the word “races” was meant to describe subspecies of animals. To a certain degree, this is true. But what did Darwin mean by “subspecies”? Didn’t we evolve from animals, actually, from less than animals? What if Darwin thought of non-whites as “subspecies” of not so evolved animals?
In his evolutionary sequel, The Descent of Man, Darwin wrote:
“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes . . . will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”5
Darwin believed that the various races were at different evolutionary stages, all distant from the apes, with Blacks at the bottom and Caucasians at the top.
Thomas H. Huxley, an ardent defender of Darwin who garnered the nickname “Darwin’s Bulldog,” believed that “No rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average negro is the equal, still less the superior, of the white man.” Huxley described whites as “bigger-brained and smaller-jawed.”6
- Philip J. Sampson, 6 Modern Myths About Christianity & Civilization (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2001), 54. [↩]
- Sampson, 6 Modern Myths About Christianity, 54-55. [↩]
- George W. Hunter, A Civic Biology (New York: American Book, 1914), 263. Quoted in Sampson, 6 Modern Myths, 55. [↩]
- Sampson, 6 Modern Myths About Christianity, 55. [↩]
- Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 2nd ed. (New York: A. L. Burt Co., 1874), 178. Quoted in Henry M. Morris, The Long War Against God: The History and Impact of the Creation/Evolution Conflict (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1990), 60. [↩]
- Thomas H. Huxley, Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews (New York: Appleton, 1871), 20. Quoted in Morris, The Long War Against God, 60. [↩]
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