Edgar Rice Burroughs set his Tarzan series (1912) in the African jungle. Because of Tarzan’s wild upbringing, he avoids the debilitating forces of civilization.
Henry Fairfield Osborn was also a scientific racist who championed eugenics, the horrific crusade to breed a superior human race based on Darwinian biology.
The authors admit that Darwin was a racist who promoted racial struggle. They are likely to infuriate quite a few people of varying persuasions.
This week we’ve been taking a look behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The role of science in justifying racism and eugenics is a subject that needs to be opened up wide, not decorously ignored any longer.