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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


The Andes and the Amazon

James Horton


Listening to a science book about South America published in the mid 1800's's pretty racist. Dr. Orton doesn't pass up many opportunities to call the natives lazy, stupid, uncivilized, unadaptable, less advanced religiously, physically inferior in form, poorly educated, lacking curiosity, untrustworthy, and generally inferior to whites and white culture.

Following World War II, it appears the business of scientific racism fell out of favor (how different would the world be if Nazi's had either not been defeated or not been as overtly racist). Race, though, is still a somewhat unresolved topic, since differences exist among racial groups on average in many variables, and theories as to why vary, even if professionals refrain from being as overtly racist as in the pre-WWII era.