Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Scientific racism: HUMAN ZOOS (video)

Discovery Science, Feb. 17, 2019; Crystal Q., CC Liu, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Human Zoos: America's Forgotten History of Scientific Racism
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Human Zoos tells the shocking story of how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in the USA in the early decades of the 20th century -- native human beings were made curiosities and entertainments, dehumanized and objectified with the blessings of establishment, white, biased "science." 

"A racially charged story that will mesmerize you..."
— Oregon Documentary Film Festival
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Often touted as "missing links" between humans and apes, these native peoples were harassed and demeaned. Their public display was arranged with the enthusiastic support of elite members of the scientific community, and it was promoted uncritically by North America's leading newspapers.

This award-winning documentary explores the heartbreaking story of what happened. It shows how African-American ministers and other people of faith tried to push back, and it reveals how some people today are still drawing on Social Darwinism to dehumanize others.

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The film explores the tragic story of American eugenics -- which was launched in the U.S. and copied by Nazi Germany, who implemented a genocide during WW II. In the U.S. there was an 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.

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