Human Zoos (BDFMatter)
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FILM #7: Human Zoos--America's Forgotten History of Scientific Racism
In September 1906, nearly a quarter of a million people flocked to the Bronx Zoo in New York City. Many came for a startling new exhibit in the Zoo’s Monkey House. But it wasn’t a monkey they came to see. It was a man. His name was Ota Benga. A pygmy from the African Congo, Ota Benga was exhibited in a cage along with monkeys.
Benga was not alone. He was one of literally thousands of indigenous peoples who were put on public display throughout America in the early twentieth century. Often touted as “missing links” between man and apes and as examples of the “lower” stages of human evolution, these native peoples were harassed, demeaned, and jeered at. Their public display was arranged with the enthusiastic support of the most elite members of the scientific community, and it was promoted uncritically by America’s leading newspapers.
Human Zoos tells the horrifying story of this effort to dehumanize entire classes of people in the name of science. It will also tell the story of the courageous African-American ministers in New York City who tried to stop what was going on. Finally, the documentary will expose how some organizations are still trying to cover up their involvement in what happened and re-write the past.
The documentary features interviews with a number of experts, including Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Pamela Newkirk, author of "Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga."
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Human Zoos: America's Forgotten History of Scientific Racism
Human Zoos tells the shocking story of how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in the early decades of the twentieth century. "A racially charged story that will mesmerize you...." —Oregon Documentary Film Festival. 👉 For more about the movie, additional information and clips be sure to visit the film's website at humanzoos.org/. Often touted as "missing links" between man and apes, these native peoples were harassed and demeaned. Their public display was arranged with the enthusiastic support of the most elite members of the scientific community, and it was promoted uncritically by American's leading newspapers. This award-winning documentary explores the heartbreaking story of what happened, shows how African-American ministers and other people of faith tried to push back, and reveals how some people today are still drawing on Social Darwinism in order to dehumanize others. The film also explores the tragic story of eugenics in America, the effort to breed human beings based on Darwinian principles. Human Zoos was an official selection of the African World Documentary Film Festival and has won awards for Best Editing (Oregon Documentary Film Festival), Best in Show (Cinema WorldFest Awards) and Awards of Excellence from the Impact Docs Awards and the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards. Be sure to check out these other videos about social Darwinism. The Biology of the Second Reich: Social Darwinism and the Origins of World War 1 youtu.be/9n900e80R30 Darwin Day in America youtu.be/cm4WuWOatjs The War on Humans youtu.be/RWcEYYj_-rg ============================ The Discovery Science News Channel is the official Youtube channel of Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture. The CSC is the institutional hub for scientists, educators, and inquiring minds who think that nature supplies compelling evidence of intelligent design. The CSC supports research, sponsors educational programs, defends free speech, and produce articles, books, and multimedia content. For more information visit www.discovery.org/id/ www.evolutionnews.org/ www.intelligentdesign.org/ Follow us on Facebook and Twitter: Twitter: @discoverycsc Facebook: www.facebook.com/discoverycsc/ Visit other Youtube channels connected to the Center for Science & Culture Discovery Institute: www.youtube.com/user/DiscoveryInstitute Dr. Stephen C. Meyer: www.youtube.com/user/DrStephenMeyer The Magician's Twin - CS Lewis & Evolution: www.youtube.com/user/cslewisweb Darwin's Heretic - Alfred Russel Wallce: www.youtube.com/user/AlfredRWallaceID
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Co-Convenor of the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement
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