Darwin could never be considered the kind of anti-racist activist Graves makes him out to be.
Racists for decades, down to today, have looked to Charles Darwin as a champion of their ideas, and if they’re right about anything, it’s that.
Nice try, Desmond and Moore. But criticizing Darwinian evolution does not make one a racist. The real Darwin is a far more ambiguous and conflicted figure.
It is certainly startling to see the N-word cropping up in Darwin’s letters, but this is not the only place.