Fatheaded Ed is talking through his hat again
Darwin, of course, was actually quite enlightened on racial issues compared to the civilization and times he lived in. He was an outspoken opponent of slavery, for example, at a time when most people still thought slavery was the natural order of things. Indeed, he was far more enlightened on this question than his creationist counterparts in the United States.
"[At] a time when most people still thought slavery was the natural order of things"? Darwin was a Briton and Great Britain banned the Atlantic slave trade in 1807, before Darwin was born. Slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire in 1833.
What "creationist counterparts in the United States"? Ed does not identify them. Darwin introduced his evolution theory to the world in 1859 with the publication of his "Origin of Species," so there was very little time for development of a creationist opposition to his evolution theory before slavery was abolished in the USA in 1865. Almost no one in the USA continued to defend slavery after it was abolished there.
Ed continues with more of his "batshit wingnuttery" (one of his favorite expressions, along with "for crying out loud") --
The whole world was racist back then, or at least the large majority of it. Even those who opposed slavery in the staunchest terms could hardly bring themselves to believe that the races were actually equal. What changed that? Science, of course, particularly biology. The data makes clear that there are no extent subspecies of Homo sapiens, that we are all one species, all equally "evolved."
Science has shattered the myth of racial division over the last 150 years.
Ed is so full of living crap here that it is coming out his ears. He presents no evidence to support his thesis that science deserves credit for the reduction in racism. We have known since time immemorial that the races can interbreed and hence belong to the same species. Science has actually been used to promote racism. Wikipedia says of biologist Charles Davenport, the founder of the Eugenics Record Office,
Davenport, along with an assistant, also attempted to develop a comprehensive quantitative approach to the question of miscegenation, or, as he put it, "race crossing" in humans. The resulting work, published in 1929, Race Crossing in Jamaica, purported to give statistical evidence for biological and cultural degradation following interbreeding between white and black populations. It is today considered a work of scientific racism, and was criticized in its time for drawing conclusions which stretched far beyond (and sometimes counter) to the data it presented.
Later, physicist William Shockley and the book The Bell Curve used the results of intelligence tests to argue that blacks as a group are intellectually inferior.
Furthermore, Fatheaded Ed helps maintain this illusion of broad knowledgeability by censoring comments and commenters that contradict him. He could have a little credibility if he would at least allow commenters to contradict him.
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