It wasn’t until they were forced by events that the Zoo and the Wildlife Conservation Society admitted this black life mattered.
“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.
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.
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.