Charles Darwin’s family for three generations were at the center of the anti-slave movement. Charles Darwin was the first to offer scientific evidence that all humans are biologically in the same species, and against the racists claiming otherwise.It makes this FB page appear ignorant, or even stupid to argue against obvious facts.Charles Darwin, wrote in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (John Murray, London, 1871), “It may be doubted whether any character can be named which is distinctive of a race and is constant.”Note that this is at a time when many Christians argued that non-Europeans were not even human! The American slave owners were assured by the “preAdamites” that God had created the Negro with the “beasts of the field” and that the sons of Adam (of course all Whites) was only exercising his God ordained right to dominate these sub-humans.The real claims that the African people were inferior, and even “subhuman” was from the so-called Christians in the slave states.For example, The Rev. John Bachman (February 4, 1790 – February 24, 1874) was an American Lutheran minister, social activist and naturalist who collaborated with J.J. Audubon, author of “Unity of the Human Race,” Co-founder of Newberry College, and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Bachman published in 1850 “The Doctrine of the Unity of the Human Race Examined on the Principles of Science,” and in 1855 “Characteristics of Genera and Species, as Applicable to the Doctrine of Unity in the Human Race.” Bachman was liberal of his place and time. He accepted that the African, and Caucasian races were of the same species. However, he also wrote that the African were of such an inferior, and debased nature that it was the Christian Duty of Whites to enslave the Africans “for their own good.”For more examples see;Daly, John Patrick2002 “When Slavery was Called Freedom: Evangelicalism, Proslavery, and the Causes of the Civil War” University of Kentucky Press.For some facts about Darwin, and human evolution see;Desmond, Adrian and James More2009 “Darwin’s Sacred Cause” New York: Penguin Books
Responding to Gary Hurd:
Mr. Hurd, you seem to be Cherry-picking history to support your argument, If you read my Amazon book, “Beast: The Deconstruction of Charles Sonny Liston”, I speak extensively about Darwin. He is a character in my book. You have two books that you have used for your source material. If you are a true researcher, you would need to “Cross-reference to another text or part of a text, typically given in order to elaborate on a point”. You have only referenced two books. It would be a waste of my time, to discuss this subject matter any further. Because of your limited knowledge. You would be knocked out in the first round. I have studied anthropology in college as a Communications major. THE ORIGIN of SPECIES is a book I used as a reference for my book. Mr. Hurd, you speak of Darwin but not Andrew Knight, Professor Weismann, Kolreuter, Isidore Geoffroy St. Hilaire’s, Tait, Wyman, Lucas, that tells me that you are here to attack, and you’re not here to add to the conversation. Because you have not studied the subject matter enough to know that Darwin’s findings incorporated, the work of these men and many others not mentioned here. Do you have Darwin’s books? The fact that you don’t understand how the works of these men, led to the idea of race variation, tells me that you may have read Darwin’s work, but you don’t understand it. “Darwin was, after all, a man of his time, class, and society. True, he was committed to a monogenic, rather than the prevailing polygenic, view of human origins, but he still divided humanity into distinct races according to differences in skin, eye, or hair color. He was also convinced that evolution was progressive and that the white races—especially the Europeans—were evolutionarily more advanced than the black races, thus establishing race differences and a racial hierarchy”.