Only one hundred years ago, many of the world’s leading scientists agreed with A. C. Haddon, when he wrote in his 1898 book Study of Man, that, “on the whole, the white race has progressed beyond the black race.”
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, scientists were so fascinated by race that thousands of ‘exotic’ and indigenous people from all over the world were put on display in human zoos. They were not intended as merely entertaining freak shows but also scientific demonstrations of racial difference. Across the western world millions gawped in fascination at these ‘uncivilized savages’ and would depart convinced of the superiority of the white race.
This documentary explores the phenomenon of human zoos and tells the poignant story of Ota Benga, a Batwa pygmy from the Belgian Congo, who was first put on display at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair and then the Bronx Zoo where he was labeled as the ‘missing link’.
As the film reveals, it was only a short step from these human zoos to the horrors of Nazi Germany as pseudo science that underpinned one, helped legitimize the other.
Is black science synonymous with bad science? According to Fox News and the mechanic they interviewed, it is. Below is the headline:
Gas-pump gimmicks: Scams and ‘black science’ seek to dupe car-owners
Headlines like the one above illustrate why it is important for Victims of Racism to study Racism (White Supremacy) and how Racists use words to maintain this System.
Apparently, there are individuals selling deceptive solutions purportedly designed to increase gas mileage for consumers. According to the article, the dramatic rise in fuel costs has generated a new market consisting of desperate consumers looking for ways to save money on fuel. This allows for unscrupulous business owners to take advantage of these desperate buyers by offering both additives and devices that, according to the article, fail to meet the claims being made, don’t work, or may even cause damage to vehicles.
The Internet is teeming with quick and easy ways to get more mileage out of your car. But mechanics and watchdogs urge caution for drivers across the country forced to fill ‘er up despite those rising prices: The actual results are not only dubious, but may even end up hurting your car.
“There’s a lot of black science out there,” said Bill Moss, a lifelong mechanic and director of the mechanics division at the Automotive Service Association.
If fraudulent science is black science, then following the logic, legitimate science is then white science. An important element within Racist (White Supremacist) culture is the pervasive dichotomy of white and black and it’s respective relationship to “good” and evil.
A phrase like ‘black scientist’ would not be an uncommon phrase uttered amongst English-speakers. It is no wonder that research produced by black scientists is often referred to as pseudo-science by Suspected Racists and by many confused Victims of Racism.
For Victims of Racism, the subconscious link between the “black” racial classification and the use of the word “black” to describe anything criminal, subpar, deceptive, fraudulent, ugly, non-constructive, deadly, dangerous, “illegal”, and so on has a deleterious effect on the collective self-respect of black people. This deceptive use of words make it extremely difficult for Victims of Racism to understand why things should not be the way they are. If you are a black person, you just might have a black heart, be a blackmail, cause black days, engage in black thoughts, and be born on a Black Tuesday. The ill-logic that often takes root is that maybe you should be mistreated on the basis of color or on the basis of your blackness.
For most Victims of Racism, an existence where non-white people are not mistreated on the basis of color (or factors related to color) seems inconceivable and simply impossible to achieve. This is, of course, the intended result of the use and transmission of Racist (White Supremacist) language or code.
Here are a few words that accurately describe what was being done by the business owners: deceptive, fraudulent, misleading, or dishonest. Words matter and the Racists (White Supremacists), masters of deceit, understand that very well. Our words should reflect Truth in order to establish Justice. The language we use should not incorporate misleading terms that routinely characterizes a particular color and all things attached to said color as inherently wrong or bad.
Code Suggestion: Avoid the use of any terms that associate color with a particular connotation. Colors are neutral.
Explanation: By using words to assign non-constructive or constructive values to colors or shades, is to aid the Racists (White Supremacists) in their efforts to mistreat those they classify as non-white on the basis of color and it does not reveal Truth.
CodeLens offers a critical examination of the unjust system known as Racism (White Supremacy) to discover ways in which it can be dismantled and replaced with Justice. Justice means guaranteeing no person is mistreated for any reason and guaranteeing the people who need the most help get the constructive help they need.