Darwin’s Racism


In the 19th century, when Darwin put forward his claim that living things had not been created, that they had emerged by coincidence, and that the human being had a common ancestor with animals and had emerged as the most highly developed organism as the result of coincidence, perhaps most people could not imagine what the results of this claim would be. But in the 20th century the end result of the claim was lived out in terrible experiences. Those who saw human beings as a developed animal, did not hesitate to rise by treading on the weak, to find a way of disposing of the sick and weak, and to carry out massacres to get rid of races which they saw as different and inferior. Because their theory with a mask of science told them that this was a “law of nature.” The disasters Darwinism brought to the world began in this way, and gathering speed, spread over the whole world.

Darwin’s close friend Professor Adam Sedgwick was one of the people who saw what dangers the theory of evolution would give rise to in the future. He remarked, after reading and digesting The Origin of Species, that

“if this book were to find general public acceptance, it would bring with it a brutalization of the human race such as it had never seen before.” [1]

And truly, time showed that Sedgwick was right to have doubts. The 20th century has gone down in history as a dark age when people underwent massacres simply because of their race or ethnic origins.

“The Preservation of Favored Races…”

Most Darwinists in our day claim that Darwin used the expression “By the Preservation of Favored Races” in the subtitle to The Origin of Species only for animals. However, what those who make this claim ignore is what Darwin says about human races in his book.

Darwin claimed that the “fight for survival” also applied between human races. “Favored races” emerged victorious from this struggle. According to Darwin the favored race were the European whites. As for Asian and African races, they had fallen behind in the fight for survival.

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes é 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 civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla. [2]

As we have seen, in his book, The Origin of Species, Darwin saw the natives of Australia and Negroes as being at the same level as gorillas and claimed that these races would disappear. As for the other races which he saw as “inferior,” he maintained that it was essential to prevent them multiplying and so for these races to be brought to extinction. So the traces of racism and discrimination which we still come across in our time were approved and lent justification by Darwin in this way.

Darwin’s racist side showed its effect in much of his writing and observations. For example, he openly set out his racist prejudices while describing the natives of Tierra del Fuego whom he saw on a long voyage he set out on in 1871. He described the natives as living creatures “wholly nude, submerged in dyes, eating what they find just like wild animals, uncontrolled, cruel to everybody out of their tribe, taking pleasure in torturing their enemies, offering bloody sacrifices, killing their children, ill-treating their wives, full of awkward superstitions”. Whereas according to the researcher W. P. Snow, the Tierra del Fuegians were “fine powerful looking fellows; they were very fond of their children; some of their artifacts were ingenious; they recognised some sort of rights over property; and they accepted the authority of several of the oldest women.” [3]

As has been seen from these examples Darwin was a complete racist.

Furthermore, Darwin’s theory’s denying the existence of God had been the cause of peoples’ not seeing that man was something created by God and that all men were created equal. This was one of the factors behind the rise of racism, the acceleration of its acceptance in the world and the 20th century saw massacres carried out for reasons of racismé!.

(For further information on the subject, see “Disasters Darwinism Brought to Humanity” by Harun Yahya)


[1]  A. E. Wilder-Smith, “Man’s Origin Man’s Destiny”, The Word for Today Publishing, 1993, p.166

[2]  Charles Darwin, “The Descent of Man”, 2nd edition, New York, A L. Burt Co., 1874, p. 178

[3]  Godfrey Lienhardt, “Social Anthropology”, Oxford University Press, p. 11

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