The truth is that placing a man in the Monkey House was intended as an education for the public in Darwinian evolution.
What is the evolutionary argument against unapologetic racism and the supremacy of whatever race can climb to the top?
Ota Benga’s protest — “I am a man! I am a man!” — summarizes the very best message of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This kind of thinking drives me nuts. First, we don’t treat animals as mere things or as being akin to inanimate objects.
“There can’t be any question about what they meant. Remember, this is a zoology class. Evolution is taught.”