At a college basketball game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Arizona Wildcats, ex-NBA star Bill Walton presented his fellow commentators with gifts. He gave sportscaster Dave Pasch a copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species “with a note that he wanted to make sure Pasch believed in evolution.” Pasch’s reply was simple and direct: “I don’t.”
I would have asked Walton had he read any of Darwin’s works and those of other evolutionists who followed the logic of his system.
I would have then asked Walton if he knew the full title of Darwin’s book, which is On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. This brings me to the NBA where “African-Americans comprised 76.3 percent of all NBA players” and “eighty-one percent of players were players of color,” of what might be considered “less favorable races.”
Racial theories existed before and after Darwin, but it was Darwinism that made the some of the theories “scientific.”
Now for some examples that make an ex-NBA player giving a copy of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species as a gift to anyone so that they might embrace its theories highly inappropriate.
In the 1925 “Scope’s Trial,” the defendant, John Scopes taught from “an approved school text called A Civic Biology by George Hunter.”
The book is not so much a scientific defense of Darwinism as 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.” (Scopes, a substitute teacher planted by the ACLU to test Tennessee’s anti-evolution law, was teaching his students from chapter seventeen.)
In his A Civic Biology, “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.”