Hammering home the lesson about “our own evolutionary history” was exactly the purpose behind displaying and humiliating an African man with monkeys.
Evolution, the New York Times lectured, is “No more debatable than the multiplication table.” Sound familiar?
This was supposed to be of scientific interest, educating visitors in the evolutionary doctrine that placed Africans in close relationship to apes.
It’s not, how shall I say this, an audience guaranteed to be sympathetic to a critique of Darwinism and its social impact, even one as thoroughly researched and accurately told as this.
Some voices, if not necessarily thoughtful or serious ones, have recognized this, while at the same time missing the point.