The relationship of blacks to apes and monkeys, and its depiction is perhaps the most sensitive taboo of race. It’s so immediately problematic precisely because this association does contain several uncomfortable truths, with profound ramifications about the societies we live in and historical choices that were made for them.

A couple of days ago the Washington Post reported that:

Pamela Taylor, whose racist comments about Michelle Obama propelled a small West Virginia town into an unflattering national spotlight and prompted the mayor to resign, will return to her job as head of a government-funded nonprofit group later this month.

Taylor was removed from her position as executive director of the Clay County Development Corp. after she used a derogatory term in a Facebook post about the coming shift from Obama to Melania Trump. “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House,” she wrote last month, adding: “I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.”

Of course, it’s not the first time Michelle Obama has been compared to an ape:

Michelle Obama chimpanzee comparision

The article goes on:

There is a long and ugly history of comparing black people to apes.

“In the 19th century and well into the 20th, popular media from movies to fiction to political cartoons frequently portrayed blacks as more simian than human,” social psychologists Phillip Atiba Goff and Jennifer L. Eberhardt wrote in the Los Angeles Times

The ‘long and ugly history’ of comparing blacks to apes is because the comparison is not without value. Blacks do have measurable traits that can be empirically determined -signs that -as a group- they are physically and cognitively intermediate between whites and other great apes (extant and extinct) and overall, not as separated from these other hominids. From skeletal qualities like bone density, limb length, prognathism and various skeletal ratios, to brain development, intelligence, morality, responsibility and sexual behaviors.

That many blacks do strongly resemble gorillas facially and have accumulative physical attributes –which they share to some level of development, with other non-human ape species like gorillas, is because blacks and gorillas haven’t diverged as much as say whites and gorillas.

There are collections of stuff, sometimes hazy and vague, overlapping blobs of characteristics, yet often startling to non-blacks, that blacks and these other primates share, enough that if blacks and whites were any other organisms they would almost certainly be classified as distinct species.

The appalling problems of black crime, black dysfunction and black educational failure stem from blacks on average, being sufficiently unadapted –from being too biologically-disconnected from the White systems they have been inserted into.

The best resource on this entire subject, is the groundbreaking book Erectus Walks Amongst Us which compiles a lot of material together. The book is an extremely valuable work, and I’m only sad that the website seems to be down but there is an archive here (The prior link has the PDF).

Contrary to a lot of noise, it is not just a ‘racist slur’, a hate-filled association for the unsophisticated. Rather the reverse, that there is a powerful tendency among good-willed whites –further multiplied by media and academic dishonesty– to negate this relationship, to turn it upside down, pretending it is some historical artifact of white racism, when it is in fact the overwhelming reason for black violence and dysfunction.

Moreover, it is a fundamental reason there is this thing called ‘racism’ -the claim of which has simply become an embarrassed way of morally compensating blacks for this uneasy association which is seen but buried.


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