|Bushman Oto Benga on display at the Bronx Zoo in 1906|
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Haven't we as a society come a long way since then?
Not so much, according to the promotion of the grievance industry at the end of the article:
Even if Republicans and Democrats somehow act to shelve policies that have resulted in the African American male prison population tripling between 1980 and 1999, how do we address the mindset that allowed a war on drugs to become a war on black males -- when they are no more likely than their white counterparts to abuse drugs?Additional reading: The diminutive African tribesman who was treated like a zoo animal, which makes the following point:
More than 100 years after blatant bias resulted in the traumatic caging of a human being in a zoo, it behooves us to ponder the resonance of ideas firmly planted in the American mind.
...In time, [Samuel Phillips Verner, who brought Benga to America] managed to land a commission from organizers of the St. Louis World’s Fair (including the National Geographic Society and the American Anthropological Society) to provide human exhibits. Or, rather, to offer “certain natives the opportunity of attending the Exposition in person.”...America's history is not spotless; neither is the history of the world. In my view, however, turning the travesty of what happened to Ono Benga into yet another facet of the grievance industry will not serve to make our society a better one.