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10 Racist Scientific Theories About Black People That Have Been Thoroughly Debunked

These racist theories that have since been debunked were once popular and accepted ideologies that supported racist perceptions of Black people. The theories were used to justify the mistreatment and enslavement of Black people mentally, emotionally and physically. Even today, hints of these racist theories can be picked up in how Blacks are perceived.

 

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Drapetomania

It is a term coined by the early 19th century American physician Samuel A. Cartwright to explain the mental disease that made certain enslaved Blacks run away. In Cartwright’s opinion, Blacks were naturally submissive and better off under the control of white masters. He believed that those who tried to escape must have been suffering from a mental disorder that could be solved by “whipping the devil out of them.” Cartwright also claimed that drapetomania could be cured by treating the enslaved Blacks like children “with care, kindness, attention and humanity.”

 

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Bell Curve Theory

Sir Francis Galton’s theory attempted to rank the mental capabilities of different ethnic groups. He came to the conclusion that people of African descent were two grades lower than Europeans, and Australian Aborigines were ranked the lowest. He published his theory in the chapter titled “The Comparative Worth of Different Races” in his 1869 work “Hereditary Genius.”

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17 thoughts on “10 Racist Scientific Theories About Black People That Have Been Thoroughly Debunked

  1. Nzingha Shabaka says:

    The only reason I believe whites are so obcessed with promoting that they are the superior race, is that they know they are not. They have to know this. How come we cannot find anything they created long ago but weapons to take other people's land, and their creations, it is unbelievable what they took from Egypt (Kemet), and then they keep saying the Egypt ians were not blacks, and that we were not that intellegent to have created all that they found when they came to Egypt, they said the same thing about The Great Zimbabwe, but what they fail to recognize or just plain do not know or deny, that most of the builders, pharoahs, came from Nubia, a land of totally black people, who taught the Egyptians. The Nubians taught the Egyptians how to build pyramids, and they were making pyramids in Nubia before they were building pyramids in Egypt. All the art they have in their mususums, they took from Afuraka, and most of the art they stole from Benin, Nigeria. I have never heard one of them say the people of Nubia were not black. They have a lot of explaining to do.

  2. 10 Racist Scientific Theories About Black People That Has Been Thoroughly Debunked…is proof of at least some shortcomings in that the title is poorly written. The word "has" is singular while the article is addressing 10 (ten) theories- plural- so the word "have" should have been used. But hey, an interesting piece anyway…..BTW, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a help to Hitler in his time and her legacy is still killing Black children, babies at an alarming rate; even faster than thugs on the streets of ChiTown or any other major city in the U.S.. Only In Africa and the Middle East are more Black lives taken by black-on-black murders or Arabs enslaving and killing Blacks. Where is Rev. Al or other "leaders" in the fight to preserve Black lives? Right On & Left Off! "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" Gil Scott-Heron.

  3. Theodora Anagor says:

    Seriously big whoop, the writer used has instead of have. Like most so called black on black crimes they are orchestrated by the USA and Europe. Then again you don't know very much about actual history, just right wing talking points.

  4. Shelley Hill says:

    And more white on white murders occur in Sweden, Norway, Finland, etc. In the US, more white people murder other white people than Black on white murders. So there is no point you are making.

  5. Mike Metevelis says:

    I think that if you are hung up about things like this, you might, in some way, either believe it or have feelings of inferiority. For instance, I am short and have been reminded of this most of my life. Some guys have hang ups about being short and develop "short mans" syndrome, you kmowvtgebtype, a chip on their shoulder and are over – competitive. Me? I've always been comfortable with me, so it's never been a source of inferior feelings or a subject that I feel I need to explain or excuse. If a person is self-assured and confident about who they aee, these types of articles are not needed. I also have to tell you that the non-alcoholic people I know to not believe the things that are debunked in this article nor do they support any type of broad-based stereotyping of anyone. I'm sorry that you feel this way and yes, there are people who are prejudiced in all walks of life.

  6. Mike Metevelis says:

    I think that if you are hung up about things like this, you might, in some way, either believe it or have feelings of inferiority. For instance, I am short and have been reminded of this most of my life. Some guys have hang ups about being short and develop "short mans" syndrome, you kmowvtgebtype, a chip on their shoulder and are over – competitive. Me? I've always been comfortable with me, so it's never been a source of inferior feelings or a subject that I feel I need to explain or excuse. If a person is self-assured and confident about who they aee, these types of articles are not needed. I also have to tell you that the non-alcoholic people I know to not believe the things that are debunked in this article nor do they support any type of broad-based stereotyping of anyone. I'm sorry that you feel this way and yes, there are people who are prejudiced in all walks of life.

  7. Uhhh, the Bell Curve is fact. You don't even dispute it on here. Here's an article that actually explains it https://www.aei.org/publication/bell-curve-20-years-later-qa-charles-murray/.

  8. Bell curve is not a fact ahhh…

  9. Matt Terrell says:

    Lol if this makes you feel any better but its pretty common knowledge the vast majority of blacks are not very smart..if you notice almost all black countries are third world..not to mention look at the ghettos in the u.s..blame it all on whity tho

  10. Matt Terrell says:

    Lol you must have not been around alot black people then..or your ignorant as fuck

  11. White folks are something, their comments always amuse me. One of the comments here criticizes the authors grammar, I've seen all kinds of grammatical errors with white bloggers and even well established white writers, ridiculous. This type of critique is a way to try to discredit the arguments against white supremacy and control the discussion via "intellectual intimidation", a common method used to deflect from white supremacy. Black folks, always bring it back to what these white folks are, and that is exposing white supremacist by the tactics they use to further white supremacy, and white terrorism.

  12. my scientific theory of white males that can't be de bunked. #1. wishful thinking; this a condition of white males who wish they had the statute of black males and so does white females who fantacize about thick lips, big asses and dark complexion so much so they bake in the sun for hours , shoot botox and have implants made from harmful substance and males having to take enhancement treatment in every department. #2 inferior complexity ;this condition entail include all the before mentioned and also their desire to have black males hump their wives because of their inability to, due to their busyness of hating the black male. #3hate mongering ; this condition is often a replacement for the Whitman's inabilities to impress his wife in bed so he is drifted towards the desires for guns, the gun being the dick he wish he had and his desires for wars to quell his ego since the desire of pleasing his wife can't be met. #4 fear of being isolated.

  13. Thomas Bone Chapton Jr. says:

    HAVE YOU EVER WITNESSED A PICTURE OF A BLACK CAVE MAN IN YOUR LIFE, NOTE THAT WHEN YOU LOOK CLOSELY AT A CHIMP /..HE HAS THIN LIPS AND STRAIGHT HAIR.. PRETTY MUCH DESCRIBES THE BEAST,

  14. Kevin Holt says:

    I wonder who caused it all!

  15. You are aware that the smartest people in America now are Nigerian Americans right? Also the majority of people that are now in college are black women right? Guess that theory goes right out of the window you imbecilic cave dwelling troglodyte.

  16. You are aware that the smartest people in America now are Nigerian Americans right? Also the majority of people that are now in college are black women right? Guess that theory goes right out of the window you imbecilic cave dwelling troglodyte.

  17. Plus those countries. R fucked bcuz of past white rulers

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