Friday, August 8, 2014

A fucktard wrote "Was Charles Darwin a white supremacist? Creationists such as Ken Ham claim that men like Darwin and other evolutionists were white supremacists and that their theories have influenced racism."

Brilliant answer from Brigalow Bloke

Ken Ham is just a liar and always has been. I graduated from the same college as Ham in the same year and his group were all considered to be ratbags, even by a strong Methodist classmate of mine.

Charles Darwin was a descendant of two members of the "Birmingham Lunar Society" His maternal grandfather was Josiah Wedgwood whose pottery company still exists, his paternal grandfather was Erasmus Darwin, considered at the time to be the best doctor in England. Other members included James Watt. All adult members of his family were anti-slavery. Josiah Wedgwood produced high grade ceramic medallions with an image of a chained slave and "Am I not a man and a brother?" in thousands, many of which were exported to the newly formed USA.

The Wedgwood family have been real liberals ever since the 1700s. That's English liberals, not American.

Charles Darwin may have had a paternalistic attitude to non-whites, just as Abraham Lincoln did, but that is a far cry from the racism of the Ku Klux Klan, which comes from the same area of the USA where young Earth creationism is strongest.

Darwin used the word "race" quite a lot in his books, but if you read the context, what he really means is "species". These days we distinguish between these words.

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