The Negro's Place In Nature Summary

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Harold Ruiz Professor Milton Great Books I March 25, 2013 The Negro’s Place in Nature Even now in today’s society, sadly, we’re still having debates about whether or not all the different races around the world should fall into the category of human species. The word “race” is only just a perception we humans use to identify ourselves because of some our physical differences. On “The Negro’s Place in Nature” by Dr. James Hunt, he and other scientists argue, with their bias scientific approach, whether the “Negro” should be considered human like the European, or a separate species nearer to the ape. Dr. Hunt presents so-called “factual” claims from other scientist, in whom he agrees with, that “the Negro race in some of its characters is the lowest of existing races” [page 6]. As stated earlier, the meaning of the word “race” is merely the categorization of different populations, on earth, among humans. If the “Negro” was really one of the lowest races, that would be considered a different specie, he or she wouldn’t be able to reproduce any offspring with someone of white race or a different race. Even though, Dr. Hunt somewhat agrees “that the offspring of all the mixtures of the so-called races of man are…show more content…
Hunt insults the mentally of the “Negro”, but also the mentally of the European woman as well: “It cannot be doubted that the brain of the Negro bears a great resemblance to a European woman or child’s brain” [page 10]. It would seem that Dr. Hunt’s scientific approach is bias when it comes to find out if the Negro should be considered a different specie. He rejects other scientists’ researches that contradict with his racist views about the black race, such as Tiedemann’s researches about “the brain of the Negro is, upon the whole, quite as large as that of the European and other human races” [page 8]. A person’s metal capacity is not measured by his/her race but by his health, social and economic
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