“There can’t be any question about what they meant. Remember, this is a zoology class. Evolution is taught.”
Darwin was unquestionably a racist, arguing that civilization would advance even at the cost of inevitable racial extermination.
“Scholars have wasted their time trying to exonerate Darwin of responsibility for Social Darwinism, for he was a Social Darwinist.”
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.”
Was Darwin’s racism purely a function of his time and place, Victorian England? Historian Michael Flannery says no.