Today is Juneteenth, celebrating the freedom of American slaves. In recognition of the anniversary, here is our video #4, “Human Zoos.”
“Science is a wonderful thing, but human zoos, scientific racism, and eugenics were shocking betrayals of science.”
This was supposed to be of scientific interest, educating visitors in the evolutionary doctrine that placed Africans in close relationship to apes.
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.
Anyone interested in the grim history of Social Darwinism in America, or debates over scientific racism and the sanctity of human life, will want to see this documentary.