Darwin and Racism

“Apologetics in the Void” are repostings from an on-going electronic discussion and debate I had some time ago with members of our local community. The list serve is called Vision 20/20, and hence the name “visionaries.”

Dear visionaries,

In response to Susan’s post, two thoughts.

How about this? Would it be appropriate for a government school to teach that one form of early Darwinism taught that blacks were one of the intermediate steps between primates and full humans? Of course I don’t believe that — all races are descended from Adam and Eve. But I am curious — if we all evolved out of the primordial goo, then was the process of natural selection obligated to observe the strictures of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Any biological reason why every branch of the humanoid fauna has to progress at exactly the same rate? What I am trying to get up the nerve to ask (given the Chinese fire drill earlier about “coming out” in the classroom) is this: is there any scientific reason anyone can give me to show that Darwinism is not necessarily, irredeemably racist?

And in response to the invitation to private educators, that is, the call to “knock yourself out,” I appreciate that very much. Just what we have been doing, and it is taking its toll. In part it works so well because tax-funded schools can’t really understand how competition works.

P.S. Is my use of “Chinese fire drill” illegal yet? If so, I repent in dust and ashes, and promise to report to my Purity of Thought Council meeting first thing.

Keeping the fun in fundamentalist,

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