Left-leaning scholars readily cite critical race theory and are quick to spot racism almost anywhere, yet few acknowledge the deep historical roots of scientific racism.
Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Darwinism fueled discrimination, eugenics movements, and even a “human zoo” filled with indigenous people who scientists claimed were the missing link between men and monkeys.
As Professor Richard Weikart details in his latest book, “Darwinian Racism: How Darwinism Influenced Hitler, Nazism, and White Nationalism,” it also shaped Nazi ideology—providing a justification for their worst atrocities.Katelynne Richardson, “Scientists ‘should not be immune from critique’: Professor details ‘Darwinian racism’ and its link to Nazism” at The College Fix (February 26, 2022)
As Richard Weikart points out, scientific racism was a far bigger deal, in practice, than religious racism because so many people in power wanted to be seen as “pro-science.”
Trouble is, we can’t fight what we won’t acknowledge.
You may also wish to read: Richard Weikart: Scientific racism is more virulent than religious racism. Those doing battle against the religious roots of racism do often uncover vestiges of racism and this can be helpful. However, sometimes they seem to be letting the most flagrant proponents of racism off the hook. Could it be that they are uncomfortable recognizing that most white nationalists today are thoroughly secular and are inspired by Darwinism and science, rather than religion?