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Wilde
- 5 days ago - tomdispatch.com
I had only vaguely heard of human zoos myself, before I became obsessed with them when research for my latest novel,Darwin's Ghosts,led me into the world of human menageries.I discovered that the phenomenon had been launched in the most modest of ways.



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Wilde Thange (10)
Friday July 13, 2018, 4:35 pm
Rumors of human civilization are grossly exaggerated. Just look at the death tolls of the civilized world for a self-portrait.
 

MmAway M (507)
Friday July 13, 2018, 5:16 pm
A History of Caged Humans

""All the president’s furious contemporary rants and rallies, along with those cages and detainee centers, have certainly brought Nazism to mind for some, but it might be more illuminating to think of them as echoing an earlier moment in history when comparing dark-skinned humans to animals would hardly have caused a stir. It would have been considered part of normal discourse, in both Europe and the United States.

Indeed, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Europeans and Americans considered it perfectly natural to treat certain members of our species quite literally as if they were beasts. They were unfazed, so the historical record suggests, by the idea of seeing such “animals,” such oddities, displayed in literal zoo cages at boisterous public events. It may now be hard to believe, but our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of natives kidnapped from Asia, Africa, and Latin America were exposed to scrutiny, curiosity, and derision, as well as, sometimes, undergoing scientific experimentation."
 

Sue L (61)
Friday July 13, 2018, 6:43 pm
The human race has always done and continues to do despicable things. Exotic foreigners in zoos and "freaks' in circuses are a dark chapter in our history. But we continue to treat fellow humans and animals badly and have a long way to go to make this a much better place.
 

Colleen L (3)
Friday July 13, 2018, 10:09 pm
Agree with Kathleen and Sue. Thanks Wilde
 
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