How the most respected intellects of the Western world a hundred years ago unembarrassedly described blacks
Alexis Zarkov writes:
The famous 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1910) is out of copyright protection, and available on the Internet in many forms including images of the original pages as well as text. If you go to Volume 19 page 344, you will find the entry for the “Negro.” The article is long and detailed (as are all the articles) and provides a glimpse of how learned people viewed Africans and American Negroes circa 1910. This passage in particular caught my attention:LA replies:
While I would strongly object to the description insofar as it seems to describe all blacks, it is nevertheless the case that the description is true of many blacks and portrays a typical—and uniquely black—behavior pattern. The description also fits my frequently repeated observation about the meaning of the word “savage.” “Savage” doesn’t necessarily mean horribly violent all the time. A savage can be sweet and docile, but easily turns horribly violent.Alexis Zarkov continues:
I recommend reading the entire article. Volume 19 is here. Then you have to pick the viewing mode. I found that with the text mode you can scroll very fast and get to page 344. The others are large files and scroll more slowly.
The article “Negro”, at least so far as it concerns the United States, is signed by “W.F.W.”, who is described at the front of the volume asLA replies:
Amazing. The man who said those things about blacks that are so shocking to today’s sensibilities was not some marginal racial theorist, but a respected scholar working at the center of the American governmental and academic establishment.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 17, 2012 02:34 PM | Send