November 24th, 1859 is a day that will live in infamy.
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.
Another book which came not that long after was titled "The Descent of Man." Again, written by that deity of modern science, a man whose theories and postulations are beyond reproach or criticism, Mr. Charles Darwin.
"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."
What's sad is that there are still folks out there who actually have swallowed this bunk. Swallowed it. Swallowed hook, line, sinker, the fisherman, his boots, and the boat.
I believe this is a very appropriate post for Black History Month.
Black History Month itself is a simple designation and a celebration during the month of February which some today will still call unnecessary or not important. Not important even in light of the crap some still have to endure based on the "scientific" postulations of a man who was racist to the core.
And we wonder why we can't all get along. No mystery.
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UPDATE - 37 months ago
Darwin was not the father of racism. I never said he was.
However, the man was a racist supremacist and believed certain races were inferior and others superior. Quite a few folks picked up on it and millions are now dead because of it.
Those are the ugly facts and that is the point I am making regardless of all the bunny trails and tangents that have now attached themselves to this post.
Millions are dead based upon the postulations of a racist who taught as science the inferiority of certain folks. Plain and simple.