“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.
What could be more wholesome or innocent than a visit to the zoo? You may ask that now, but it was a quite a different state of affairs a century ago.
Darwin-inspired racism was the consensus science of its day. Speaking out against it would have made you a crank and a science-denier.
Research into human origins, we mean the entire field, is a mess.