“Science is a wonderful thing, but human zoos, scientific racism, and eugenics were shocking betrayals of science.”
The film tells how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in what scholars today call “human zoos.”
“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.”
Wesley Smith commented earlier on the struggle, via litigation by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP), to grant human-like “rights” to an elephant in the Bronx Zoo.
Hammering home the lesson about “our own evolutionary history” was exactly the purpose behind displaying and humiliating an African man with monkeys.