wt 7/1/11: Darwin a racist

by ParadiseCircus 42 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • Mad Sweeney
    Mad Sweeney

    Was there a white man in the 19th century who WASN'T a racist?

    Even those "enlightened" members of society who were tolerant and accepting of other races were racist by today's standards. Bashing Darwin for this is absurd.

  • TD

    --Perfect example of one of the reasons I object to the term "Race" when applied to humans

    The word has a fairly specific meaning in biology and that was the sense in which Darwin was using it. The idea is that the human species can be separated into strains different enough to justify further classification below the level of species.

    Since Darwin's time, that idea has been thoroughly repudiated by science.

  • NomadSoul

    Yeah he does sound a bit racist on some statements, then in others he bashes slavery.

  • tiki

    thanks for the real quote in context. i get so annoyed with pulling stuff out of context and not citing references properly. they are very non-academic in their approach.. but then academia is anathema..... so it figures......... dumb.

  • Anony Mous
    Anony Mous

    In Darwin's time they thought non-Caucasian people were a different species. In the mean time this has been fixed but there are still differences in the several races of people (for good or for bad). The thing is that as Darwin predicted, those races are unifying (interracial couples are not that unique anymore) and diversifying - evolving so to say and the best traits for survival will remain within a few centuries as the climate changes and people live in different situations.

  • undercover


    good thread with good references

  • Reality79

    The WTS is one to talk about race when all their bible characters depicted in their litter-ature are white as if non whites never existed in those times.

  • ambersun

    It has always amused me how the WT literature and calendars depict Jesus as a well groomed white middle class American who has just had his hair cut by a top Brooklyn stylist lol.

    To try and accuse Darwin of being a racist is rather unfair I feel, as he was living in a different time period when many white people were indoctrinated from childhood into believing they were superior human beings.

  • snowbird

    If this statement makes Darwin a racist,

    At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world.

    then what does this statement make Russell?

    While it is true that the white race exhibits some qualities of superiority over any other, we are to remember that there are wide differences in the same Caucasian (Semitic and Aryan) family; and also we should remember that some of the qualities which have given this branch of the human family its preeminence in the world are not such as can be pointed to as in all respects admirable....The secret of the greater intelligence and aptitude of the Caucasian undoubtedly in great measure is to be attributed to the commingling of blood amongst its various branches; and this was evidently forced in large measure by circumstances under divine control. (Zion's Watch Tower, July 15, 1902, p.215-216)



  • Robert7

    How does Darwin being a racist change anything about Evolution?

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