Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Darwinian Stupidity

In 1906, Ota Benga, a 4' 11", 103 lb. African "pygmy" (actually a Bushman) was brought to America and put on display as an exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.  Pamela Newkirk, director of undergraduate studies at New York University's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute and recent author of Spectacle:  The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, encapsulates Ota Benga's life and times in a CNN article "When the Bronx Zoo exhibited a man in an iron cage." The main thrust of her article is the usual bugbear of 21st century America:  Ota Benga was made a zoo exhibit because of racism, presumably white racism because, as all progressives can tell you, that's the only type of racism there is.  Only half her article is about Ota Benga; the rest is an examination of the "resonance of racism," citing examples as:  a recent report from the Sentencing Project decrying "the widespread and deep-seated tendencies among whites to...(Read Full Article)

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