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Darwinian biologist Jerry Coyne speaks out on a SciAm op-ed’s claims that denial of evolution stems from white supremacy


The Scientific American piece was written by a filmmaker named Allison Hopper. Read all of Coyne’s takedown, to be sure, but note these points:

In my life I’ve met hundreds of creationists, and every one of them was religious. (David Berlinski, whom I haven’t met, may be the one exception, but that’s just one person and he may be dissimulating about religion anyway.) They make no bones about their views, either. Yet in none of these people have I heard anything about white supremacy. Sure, there may be racists among creationists—there has to be given the connection between Evangelical Christianity and the South—but you’d have to essentially make things up to argue that creationism comes from white supremacy and that its connection with religion is “a lie.” (At any rate, were Hopper’s story of Cain and Abel true, it still shows a connection between creationism and religion.) …

I wasn’t aware that the teaching of evolution was systemically racist; do teachers really deny that our ancestors were African? And does Hopper really believe that accepting that will get rid of racism? Really? Even Darwin was a monogenist, saying that all groups of humans arose from a single ancestor who probably lived in Africa. Did that get rid of racism? I don’t think so, though some people think Darwin’s monogenism was part of a strategy to combat racism…

c.) Most telling: several surveys, listed and summarized in this paper, show that blacks and Hispanics deny evolution more than do whites. This is the opposite of what Hopper predicts, but makes sense under the “religion-first” hypothesis, since blacks and Hispanics tend to be more religious than whites in general.

Jerry Coyne, “More mishigas at Scientific American: A claim that opposition to evolution comes from white supremacy, not religion” at Why Evolution Is True (July 11, 2021)

It seems obvious, on reflection, that Hopper’s piece is a disastrously clumsy effort on the part of Scientific American to get Woke. Darwinian evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne thinks the mag is not just circling the drain but “approaching the drainhole.”

To the extent that the editors couldn’t find someone who at least gets basic facts right, he has a point. But what does that imply? After the war on science and the war on math, are we now having to deal with a war on basic fact-finding?

See also: At Scientific American: “Denial of Evolution Is a Form of White Supremacy” Wow. Has the Darwin lobby hired itself a PR firm that recommended getting someone on board to accuse everyone who doubts Darwin of being a “white supremacist”? Quite simply, Charles Darwin’s Descent of Man is surely by far the most racist iconic document ever to be lauded by all the Right People! And getting someone to holler about “white supremacy” among Darwin doubters is, ahem, just a cheap shot, not a response to the stark raving racism in print of the actual document. Guys, try another one.

We don’t have to try they literally used evolution to justify their eugenics The reason why evolution slips into racism so quickly and so easily is because it promotes inter-species competition AaronS1978
Racism in human society existed long before 1859 and has continued since. I was going to say "unabated" but I think there has been improvement, although not nearly as much as we would like. Trying to fasten the blame for racism or eugenics or Nazism on to Darwin has less to do with history or science than anti-evolutionary advocacy. Seversky
Darwin was an elitist white male living in a colonialist society. He's was as racist as they come. Andrew asauber
Is strangely honest post from Jerry Coyne I was honestly expecting him to justify Scam’s assessment I’m honestly surprised Seversky hasn’t posted saying how true it was like ALL the times he has claimed it AaronS1978
It is just strategic to brand creationism as racist, in order to escape criticism that evolution theory is racist. mohammadnursyamsu

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