Thursday, April 29, 2010

Drapetomania

I have nothing to say about it, I just wanted to call attention to it for anyone who might have been as unaware of it as I was. Scientific racism at its finest.

Also: relevance to contemporary society? Discuss.

5 comments:

almostinfamous said...

just have one copy-editing quibble with the wikipedia page - instead of 'edifice' of scientific racism, shouldn't it be 'artifice'? you know, for accuracy and stuff...

Anonymous said...

hope you also clicked on the dysaethesia aethiopica link in the article. another gem from one of America's finest.

Ethan said...

almostinfamous: Hah! Just as an experiment, I'm making that edit. Let's see how long it lasts!

Anony, thanks for the tip, I hadn't looked at that. Good to know that something as terrible as Dysaethesia Aethiopica is "easily curable, if treated on sound physiological principles."

My goal now, incidentally, is to mold myself into the physical image of Samuel Cartwright.

almostinfamous said...

not too long, i guess. it's already been reverted- good try though...

JRB said...

Great find, Ethan.