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ERIC Number: EJ1049743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1446-6120
"P.S.-I'm White Too": The Legacy of Evolution, Creationism, and Racism in the United States
Moore, Randy; Chung, Carl
Science Education Review, v4 n2 p50.1-50.14 2005
Despite decades of science education reform, creationism remains very popular in the United States. Although neither creationism nor evolution is inherently racist, creationists and evolutionists have used science to justify white supremacy. Powerful racist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan and popular racist advocates such as Frank Norris worked together to vilify evolution, promote racism, and begin the evolution-creationism controversy in the United States in the 1920s. The links between racism and creationism became explicit during "Epperson v. Arkansas", in which the US Supreme Court ruled that laws banning the teaching of evolution in public schools are unconstitutional. Today, the relics of racism, evolution, and creationism persist in many forms, ranging from books such as "The Bell Curve" to educational institutions such as Bob Jones University. This article discusses some of the historical links between evolution (a scientific theory liable to improvement and change), creationism (a non-scientific idea), and racism. Although several people have described how science has been twisted to support racism (e.g., Gould, 1977a, 1980, 1985, 1993), less is known about the more common and older use of creationism and the Bible to justify racism. This discussion tries to further understanding of pseudohistory and pseudoscience. The authors posit that links between evolution, creationism, and racism offer important insights into the creationism-evolution controversy.
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