Opinion: Since we're canceling people for racism, can we talk about Charles Darwin?

by Peter Heck · Jun 23rd, 2020 5:33 pm

Last Updated Jun 30th, 2020 at 9:33 pm

I have to admit that I am really enjoying the Twitter timelines of conservative commentator Jesse Kelly and Fox Sports host Clay Travis recently. While Travis has been hilariously hoisting woke sports writers on their own petards, Kelly has been lighting up the hypocrisy of the cancel culture warriors by turning their self-righteous indignation against the meccas that have trained them. In case you've missed it:

Don't think this all went unnoticed by the way. The hashtag #CancelYale was trending on Twitter and generated a deluge of scorn upon the elite liberal institution.

So even though I have no delusions of grandeur or any expectation of imitating the kind of groundswell movement that Kelly has generated against progressive Ivy League schools that fuel the very cancel culture that is now being unleashed on them, I do think it's time for the left's own rules to be applied to one of their most cherished and beloved heroes.

Even by the most generous of measures, the intellectual and philosophical heritage of Charles Darwin is one of the most hideously racist legacies one can fathom. And yet, his inherently racist dogma is not only presented in public schools across America, it is state and federal policy that every student in America demonstrate proficiency in understanding and applying his dangerous ideology.

Set aside the colonialist rage against the Spanish conquistadors just long enough to recognize that it was Charles Darwin himself who wrote in his diary after encountering the "savages" in Tierra del Fuego, "one can hardly make oneself believe that they are fellow creatures."

Darwin felt such a sense of ethnic superiority over these "savages," he predicted in "The Descent of Man" that, "the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world."

Remember, Darwin's theory on human origin intentionally deprived humanity of any Divine spark. Man was no longer the image-bearer of the Creator, separating him in worth and purpose from all other animals. Instead, man was reduced to an animal himself. And just like all other branches of evolving animals, some species or races of man would naturally be further evolved down that branch than others.

If superior breeds of canines eliminated the lesser evolved versions, the same would – and should – surely happen amongst human animals as well. This is social Darwinism.

Even as the end of the American Civil War had brought about the prohibition of slavery and a moral and political pressure aimed at equality among the races, Darwin scoffed at such a notion. Extermination of lesser humans, he opined, was inevitable as part of our ongoing progress. And to his radical, racist mind, elimination of these inferior races was all justified as "nature taking its course."

In case you're wondering, Darwin left no confusion as to the identity of those "lesser humans" that would be annihilated. He wrote that when it happens,

"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 a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla."

You got that, right? Darwin is saying at that moment the evolutionary gap between our least-evolved humans, the "negro or Australian" and a gorilla is small. But once the blacks and aborigines have been wiped out by the Caucasians, who perhaps will evolve into an even purer master-race themselves, the gap between man and his simian cousin will be vast.

Yet the government requires that your children and grandchildren learn from this man.

So to the social justice cancel warriors, I would simply say this: Confederate monuments may bother us and confuse us when we see them. But no one is teaching their warped, racist ideology in the American public schoolroom. The same cannot be said, however, for the inherently racist, morally repugnant, scientifically specious speculations of Charles Darwin.

It's long past time to #CancelDarwin.

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