Benjamin Tillman was a monster. He publicly defended lynchings. He drew on evolutionary racism to preach black inferiority.
The association with “mainstream science” is often weaponized as a way of overawing us and persuading us to stop expecting answers to hard questions.
Not content with ripping Dr. Behe, Professor Lents now seeks to assassinate my character. Try to follow his logic if you can.
“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.”
Some voices, if not necessarily thoughtful or serious ones, have recognized this, while at the same time missing the point.