The vile trope that blacks are somehow closer to apes than other races has deep roots in Darwinian biology and social theory.
Darwin’s reiteration here and elsewhere of the phrase “we may confidently believe” veils the tenuous truth-value of what he proposes.
The thread of racism in Darwinian thinking isn’t a chance thing, a mere byproduct of Charles Darwin’s personal views as a “man of his time.”
Where did many white people of the past get the wicked idea that their lives matter more than black lives?
Alexander H. Stephens was Vice President of the Confederacy. In 1861 he delivered an oration justifying slavery and rebellion on scientific grounds.