Given evolution’s racist baggage, you might think the theory’s proponents would be somewhat abashed to accuse the critics of Darwin of “white supremacy.”
Protests are convulsing Louisville, KY, over the death of Breonna Taylor. How is the legacy of scientific racism reflected in today’s unrest?
Darwin didn’t merely predict racial genocide; he thought it would advance human evolution.
The role of science in justifying racism and eugenics is a subject that needs to be opened up wide, not decorously ignored any longer.
One takeaway is that, despite assurances to the contrary, modern evolutionary theory is not easily separated from malign currents in American history, currently exemplified by the Alt-right.