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It should maybe be reworded so that it says Darwin's version of evolution was seen by some as racist (and this quote indeed suggests that), but saying that the "evolutionary ideas" are what makes it racist is a bit overreaching. You'd be hard-pressed to find a modern scientist who says that evolution is racist, and virtually any scientific finding that even hints at racism (like the book The Bell Curve) is widely criticized and not accepted by mainstream science. In other words, this quote demonstrates that Darwin may have been a racist, but it doesn't say that the whole theory of evolution has racist underpinnings.

Also, it'd be nice to have a link to the book incorporated after the quote. There's probably an open-source copy of this book at Project Gutenberg or somewhere that we could link to.


Ok, this seems like a hatchet piece more than anything else. A) That the single thing to mention in a stub article is the racist comment B) How that comment somehow demonstrates any fundamental racism in either Darwin's theory of evolution or any subsequent modified version of it is beyond me. JoshuaZ 00:40, 12 February 2007 (EST)