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30 Luglio, 2015

Deep Racism: the Forgotten History of Human Zoos

by gabriella

Human-Zoo-or-Negro-VillageL’articolo sottostante, tratto da Popular Resistence, ricorda la storia rimossa degli zoo umani, una delle eredità più grottesche del colonialismo. L’articolo sottolinea come questo fenomeno disumano sia continuato fino al 1950.

Human zoos, is deeply embedded in our culture.  Slavery of African people, ethnic cleansing of Native Americans and colonialist imperialism are seeds that intertwine to create racism that still has impacts today.  One example of the sad human history of racism — of colonizers seeing themselves as superior to others — is the long history of human zoos that featured Africans and conquered indigenous peoples, putting them on display in much the same way as animals. People would be kidnapped and brought to be exhibited in human zoos.  It was not uncommon for these people to die quickly, even within a year of their captivity. This history is long and deep and continued into the 1950s.  Several articles below with lots of photos so we can see the reality of this terrible legacy.

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