The truth is that placing a man in the Monkey House was intended as an education for the public in Darwinian evolution.
What is the evolutionary argument against unapologetic racism and the supremacy of whatever race can climb to the top?
Ota Benga’s protest — “I am a man! I am a man!” — summarizes the very best message of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“There can’t be any question about what they meant. Remember, this is a zoology class. Evolution is taught.”
With permission from John West and Sarah Chaffee, here is the full text of their interview with staff writer Olga Khazan.