The vile trope that blacks are somehow closer to apes than other races has deep roots in Darwinian biology and social theory.
Dr. King was critical of the misuse of science to promote racial discrimination, and he spoke against the idea that humans are the products of a blind process.
My documentary only tells one part of the story of racism, and only a part of the story of Social Darwinism’s influence on Western imperialism.
Henry Fairfield Osborn was also a scientific racist who championed eugenics, the horrific crusade to breed a superior human race based on Darwinian biology.
Benjamin Tillman was a monster. He publicly defended lynchings. He drew on evolutionary racism to preach black inferiority.