The role of science in justifying racism and eugenics is a subject that needs to be opened up wide, not decorously ignored any longer.
Benjamin Tillman was a monster. He publicly defended lynchings. He drew on evolutionary racism to preach black inferiority.
Last month, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City requested removal of an iconic statue of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback.
What is the evolutionary argument against unapologetic racism and the supremacy of whatever race can climb to the top?
Historical statues are a dispersed temple to memory, in need of vigilant guarding.