Rich wrote:Just to note that "On the origin of species" was only published on the 24 November 1859. I am not aware of it being used as a major rallying point for the Confederacy. In fact I'm not aware of it being a rallying point at all. Scientific racism hadn't even really begun in 1860.
Actually, it had. It is generally dated to the early part of the 19th century, when scientific authorities such as Robert Knox (he of the Edinburgh bodysnatchers fame) were beginning to measure cranial capacities and the like in order to scientifically 'prove' that certain races were inferior to others (Knox's particular hobbyhorse was the Celts rather than the darkies or the Jews - he was convinced that the Celtic race was inferior to the Anglo-Saxon race, and was also convinced that he could scientifically
demonstrate this 'fact'). Knox was active in the 1820s and 1830s.
And, in fact, Darwin's theories were a hindrance rather than a help to the cause of 'scientific' racial theory - one of the implications of Darwin's theory was that all humans had a common origin rather than being separate creations. Back before the publication of Darwin's book, some people were seriously suggesting that black people were a species of great ape rather than belonging to the same species as white people. In other words, that black people were literally animals rather than human beings. Darwin scotched that idea forever.
We should not presume that Ancient Jews believed that all humans were descended from a single couple six thousand years ago, but it was easy for progressive Christians and Judaists to interpret the Torah in that way. Now it may turn out that the anti racists are largely right or at the very least right to a surprising degree. However to describe racist beliefs as just blind stupidly strikes me as absurd. If our racial lineages split tens to hundreds of thousands of years ago, its hardly intuitive that there should be no significant differences. I mean Quantum Mechanics might be correct but its hardly intuitive. Young people can hardly be blamed for only reaching a Quantum mechanical view after years of intensive study.
While I agree that much "scientific racism" lacks rigour, some is of poor scientific quality, most anti-racism seems to have no scientific grounding what so ever.
As I said before, people tend to believe all sorts of things based on the flimsiest of evidence. Racism has little to no scientific basis, and ant-racism also has little to no scientific basis. For most people, science seems to have taken the place of religion, as the final authority in any argument. Everyone wants to claim that 'science' is on their side, just as they used to want to claim that God was on their side. Lol.
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Marx (Groucho)