What Anne Frank and Ota Benga Have in Common
Cruelty and injustice can seem an abstraction, committed against faceless people.
Documentary Human Zoos Is Screened at Detroit’s African-American History Museum
The film tells how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in what scholars today call “human zoos.”
With Screenings in Chicago, New Documentary Human Zoos Prompts Discussion, Debate
The film shows how a number of Christians led opposition to both human zoos and eugenics.
Survey: Americans Favor Education on Scientific Racism; Call for Famed Zoo, Museum to Apologize
“Most Americans realize we need to learn from the past,” said John West, writer and director of the new documentary Human Zoos. “But we can’t learn from the past if we cover it up.”
On Indigenous Peoples Day, Remember This Chapter from the History of Evolutionary Science
John West was in St. Louis recently and had the opportunity to explore the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, which featured a “human zoo.”