Evolutionary racism

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Evolutionary racism refers to a racist philosophy based on Darwin's evolutionary theory. It assumes that men have continually evolved, and thus some races are more evolved than others. It replaces christian morality with the atheistic "survival of the fittest."

Darwin himself was a racist and white supremacist, claiming:

At some future period not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes...will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest Allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as the baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla.[1]

Evolutionary racism had enormous impact in the 19th and early 20th centuries, eventually leading to eugenics programs and influencing Adolph Hitler, who wrote:

The Germans were the higher race, destined for a glorious evolutionary future. For this reason it was essential that the Jews should be segregated, otherwise mixed marriages would take place. Were this to happen, all nature’s efforts “to establish an evolutionary higher stage of being may thus be rendered futile”[2]
If nature does not wish that weaker individuals should mate with the stronger, she wishes even less that a superior race should intermingle with an inferior one; because in such cases all her efforts, throughout hundreds of thousands of years, to establish an evolutionary higher stage of being, may thus be rendered futile. [3]

See also


  1. The Descent of Man, chapter VI
  2. Bergman, Jerry. "Darwinism and the Nazi race Holocaust" Creationontheweb.com
  3. Muehlenberg, Bill. "A Church Apology to Darwin?" BillMuehlenberg.com.