Racism, Pre-Darwin and Darwinian

From Darwin Still Escaping Apologies for Scientific Racism by Jerry Bergman, PhD

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Apologizing for Past Racism is Now Everywhere but Rarely Mentions Darwin and Evolution’s Central Role in Racism. History, Though, Documents Darwinism’s Role in Abundance.


Pre-Darwin Views on Race

Until Darwinism spread throughout the Western world, it was widely believed that all men were descendants of Adam and Eve: thus all were literally brothers and sisters. Nicholas Guyatt put it squarely in 2016:

a separate creation for black people could not be squared with the descent of humanity from Adam and Eve; racism, put simply, was a rejection of the Bible’s authority.[13]

Guyatt added that the teaching of “Genesis acted as a brake on racist theory throughout the antebellum years.”[14] Those opposing racism have often looked to the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Those words inspired civil rights leaders from Frederick Douglass before the Civil War to Martin Luther King, Jr in the Jim Crow era.

Jefferson also believed there was clear evidence for design in nature. Contrary to what some believe, he was not an atheist or even a deist. In a letter to John Adams, Jefferson wrote

I hold (without appeal to revelation) that when we take a view of the Universe, in its parts general or particular, it is impossible for the human mind not to perceive and feel a conviction of design, consummate skill, and indefinite power in every atom of its composition.”[15]

The general conclusion of Jefferson scholars is that he “was a devout theist, believing in a benevolent creator God to whom humans owed praise.”

Fig. 6. Drawing of progression of facial angle from a monkey to a negro and two examples of white men based Camper’s theory. Camper was a creationist and not an evolutionist, but his method was exploited by evolutionists as shown here. (Wiki Commons)

Darwinism Changes Everything

In the pre-Darwin century when Jefferson lived, one approach toward racial reconciliation was “amalgamation,” meaning marriage between Whites and Blacks and other races, which many correctly reasoned would happen sooner or later. Some leaders proposed incentives to encourage this amalgamation, such as vouchers to purchase farm tools, tax-exempt provisions, or educational benefits.[16] The Biblical Christian teaching that all men were descended from Adam and Eve—thus were all brothers—entailed the belief that racism was actually a rejection of basic Christian doctrines.[17] Guyatt concluded that racism resulted from the widespread acceptance of Darwinian evolution and the rejection of Genesis among many intellectuals and academicians in our day. “Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation,” he said.[18]

Although other factors were involved, the rejection of the Biblical account of creation played no small role in both the development of racism, and the rise of hate groups such as the KKK. My latest book, Darwinian Eugenics and the Holocaust (2020) explores some of these consequences in 20th century America.

Darwin-inspired “scientific” racism resulted in black-white intermarriage becoming illegal in all seven states of the lower South only after Darwin replaced Genesis. These laws against interracial marriage were not overturned until the 1967 Supreme Court Case Loving v. Virginia, 388. The above ideas in the book by Professor Talbot illustrate how racism was birthed by the negation of Genesis and its replacement by evolution.

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Americans, by and large, remain cowards and cynics before the exceptionally profitable Progressive racism of their fathers and grandfathers. “We got ours – and we got yours too!”

I see things differently: all debts will be paid, one way or another.

It would be best for all Americans, White and Black, to face the injustice – in earlier days and today – and work to overthrow it.

It is repentance and restitution – not a refusal to accept responsibility, while enjoying the fruits of your father’s evil – that brings peace.

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