How Darwin institutionalised racism

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The proliferation of the Zika virus in Latin America has flared up speculation about its possible appropriation by Western powers as an instrument of population control in developing countries. Latin American governments are advising women to hold off on having babies in the interim as a medical recourse to the birth defects linked to the virus is yet to be established.

The demographic gap to be suffered by the region in the intervening period has prompted conspiracy theorists to allege that the virus is the latest implement in the West’s viral war chest.

Neither a journalistic nor a scientific case can be made for the speculations, but there are historically documented precedents of biological warfare designed to advance the interests of developed countries.

The racially motivated atrocities of Nazi Germany are an obvious example, while the US has similarly propagated sinister policies and stratagems of population control including forced sterilisation and targeted abortions to control its black population.

The ideological bases for the Nazi and Washington’s unity in diversity are elite interest and the gospel of racial supremacy preached by Charles Darwin, now almost universally accepted and particularly implemented by Western powers.

Creationist author Dr Carl Wieland establishes the link between racially motivated atrocities and the theory of evolution in his 2011 book “One Human Family: The Bible, Science, Race and Culture”.

While the book is not so much a political polemic but Christian apologetics, its extensive historical references forcefully demonstrates how Darwin’s ominously titled “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life” has long been the Bible for racists and Western supremacists.

The foundational values of equality, universal fraternity and human dignity have been violated at various stages in history by political and corporate establishments acting on the Darwinian assumption of the supremacy of one race over another, contrary to the biblical account of one human race, commonly descended from the first man and woman.

Wieland argues that while many critics of the Bible like to blame Christianity for all social evils, a straightforward biblical view of human origins will, on the contrary, point to the close biological relatedness of all people.

“And it’s easy to conclude that it would have made (and still can make) a big difference to our world. Given the suffering caused by racist attitudes and interracial conflict, it’s hard to imagine that anyone wouldn’t want to see that sort of outcome,” Wieland says.

Such a biblical premise has been invoked in music in sungura’s moments of vision such as Nicholas Zakaria’s “Kubva Kure” and “Ndine Mubvunzo” and other spiritual strivings including Lucky Dube’s “Different Colours, One People” and Mau Mau’s “Bible Belt” to question inequality and racism.

Darwin’s “Origin of Species” claims that complex species evolve over time from simplistic ancestors, with superior races surviving and supplanting weaker and defective ones through a process of natural selection.

Darwin is clear on what his theory entails. In his “Descent of Man”, he classifies Africans and Aborigines with gorillas and predicts their extinction, ostensibly because they have not been able to scale up the evolutionary hierarchy like their white counterparts.

Celebrity scientists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, themselves proponents of bizarre ideas on rape and abortion, are eminently recognisable as the apostles of evolution but their Darwinian predecessors include, by confession and implication, the Ku Klux Klan, Adolf Hitler, P. W. Botha, Joseph Stalin, Margaret Sanger and Henry Kissinger who is credited with the 1974 “NSS 200” depopulation plan.

Darwinian evolution has shaken the foundation of faith and taken over the pillar sectors of modern societies, with groups who stand prejudiced by the theory such as blacks and Christians uncritically buying into it, alas!

Wieland’s book waves down the Darwinian bandwagon and challenges passengers to calculate the social costs of the theory – the mistakes of history and seeds of discord inherent in its supremacist implications.

While able arguments have been to refute evolution on issues of scientific consistency, Wieland, an accomplished scientist in his own right, approaches the debate from the less frequented angle.

Beyond demonstrating how evolution has been invoked like a letterhead for racism, Wieland shows that the theory is inherently racist and how Darwin himself explicitly condones the white supremacist implications of his work.

“At some future point, not distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes . . . will no doubt be exterminated,” Darwin writes in “The Descent of Man”.

“The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla,” he writes.

In other words, Darwin anticipates that the Europeans, whom he regards as the superior species, will emerge as the distinct human race while apes with human qualities (in Darwin’s words, the blacks, Australian Aborigines and gorillas – the anthropomorphous apes) will be extinct.

Ironically, some blacks still find it rewarding to be called ancestors of mankind and for Africa to be called the cradle of mankind in terms of the Darwinian evolution.

Quite clearly, nothing can be closer to self-deprecation than this inherently racist and unscientific philosophy. I cannot readily understand brothers who are invoking it as an article of the Black History Month.

Darwin’s prophecy about the not-so-distant extinction of the black people has not been fulfilled but millions have been endlessly persecuted and killed by evolutionist, white supremacist institutions on its account.

Wieland runs down a few examples, including the classification of Aborigines in Tasmania as “wild beasts whom it is lawful to exterminate”. In fact, European settlers wiped away Aborigines in the 1870s.

The foremost Darwinian proponent, Thomas Huxley, wrote around the time Aborigines were being wiped out that: “No rational man, cognisant of the facts, believes that the average negro is the equal, still less the superior, of the white man.”

Planned Parenthood’s Margaret said, in an address to the Ku Klux Klan, that “the brains of Australian Aborigines were only one step more evolved than chimpanzees and just under blacks, Jews, and Italians”.

The book opens with the 1906 story of Ota Benga, a dignified Congolese man who was put on display in a New York zoo where he shared a cage with an orangutan and a parrot.

Benga, whose belonged to a Central African tribe known as the pygmies, was caged to be ogled by visitors as an example of an “ape-man” and the “missing link” between modern man and the primates.

“A Scientific American article of the time referred to pygmies as ‘ape-like little black people’ and said that ‘even today, ape-like negroes are found in the gloomy forests, who are doubtless direct descendants of these early types of man, who probably closely resembled their simian ancestors’,” recalls Wieland.

Anyone still in doubt about where blacks stand in terms of his world view needs to this verbatim account of his impression of a tribe: “These poor wretches were stunted in their growth, their hideous faces bedaubed with white paint, their skins filthy and greasy, their hair entangled, their voices discordant and their gestures violent.”

“Viewing such men, one can hardly make oneself believe that they are fellow-creatures, and inhabitants of the same world. It is a common subject of conjecture what pleasure in life some of the lower animals can enjoy: how much more reasonably the same question may be asked of these barbarians!” writes Darwin.

The celebrity scientists will never talk about this. Dawkins will rant about God as “the most unpleasant character in all fiction” but will say nothing about the skeletons in evolution’s closet.

Harris will go on a riff about how he prefers rape to religion and say nothing about how theistic morality and affirmation of the fraternity of all human beings is a message the world desperately needs more than anything else.

Wieland says Planned Parenthood, founded by Darwinian disciple Margaret Sanger, targeted immigrant Southern Europeans, Slavs, Latins and Jews and later focused on Hispanics and, mostly, African Americans.

Besides Planned Parenthood, Wieland reveals that Darwinian eugenics was enthusiastically supported by such notables as President Woodrow Wilson and the Rockefeller Foun- dation.

Planned Parenthood, which has ironically shares a warm relationship with Barack Obama, reported that of the 132 314 abortions it performed in 1991 in the US, 42,7 percent were on blacks and other minorities, even though these only made up 19,7 percent of the US population.

“One Human Family” is a work of staggering genius both as a disclosure of racism and as a Christian apologetics toolkit.

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  • jony-w

    I am sure if you picked up any writings from the 19th century, it would seem rather strange here in the 21st century. But to then take current values, apply them to documents written 200 years ago to create some fantasy world of hatred between peoples is rather pathetic.

  • Timothy Little

    Also, the term ‘races’ in the title of Origin of Species didn’t mean human racial races — it meant varieties or species. For instance, he mentions races of cabbage, dogs, horses, and pigeons.
    Do these authors or reviewers have even the slightest iota of literary / scientific familiarity or research-skills?