Wednesday, February 5, 2014
On 11:13 PM by KiAnna in black history, black men, black women, christianity, civil rights, human zoos, jesus, kidnap, News, ota benga, racism, racist, ritual suicide, slavery, suicide, white people No comments
I sure didn't! I'm not surprised I didn't learn about this in school, besides slavery and the civil rights movement there wasn't much discussion about black history.
Different cultures, different styles of dress, mannerisms, foods,etc. That should be completely understandable, unfortunately many white people back in the 1870s to the 1930s couldn't comprehend this. They felt the need to kidnap and imprison innocent people all around the world, I found out there was a Human Zoo here in Cincinnati! There are definitely a lot of racist people here so it's not much of a stretch.
There's nothing wrong with being interested in people that are different from you, but to degrade them because you perceive them as "primitive" is completely inappropriate. It's disgusting! We're not animals you degenerate fucks.
There are people, to this day, that think black people should still be in zoos or dead. You know there would be OUTRAGE if it were suggested that white people be put in zoos. I'm not saying they should be in zoos, not all white people are sick in the head racists, I'm just saying if the shoe were on the other foot, it would be deemed wrong.
"Throughout Western Europe travelling exhibits of non-European natives were recurring features of zoological gardens where they eclipsed the drawing power of the more usual animal exhibits. Both exhibits were isolated by fences that variously protected sometimes the animals and more often the public; but in the cases of the human exhibits the main purpose of the fences seems to have been to stress the distinction between them and us.
Until recently this phenomenon has been largely ignored. Surviving contemporaries denied remembering this feature of their youthful visits to the local zoo and then denied that it ever happened. (Hilke Thode-Arora, ch. 17) Curiously, this was true in spite of the fact that their parents seem to have considered such visits an important educational experience for their children." -source
I saw this comment under a Facebook picture of a young African girl in a zoo. Food for thought.
"After they taught us about Jesus they still treat us like this. And we still follow them and Jesus to this day. You don't need to hold any hate just know that if they didn't treat you right they definitely didn't teach you right.
Although black people were no rarity in the United States, even there were zoos which set on exposition indigenous people coming from Africa, mainly Pygmies whom many contemporary Darwinians considered as a “paleolithic” state of human evolution. Ota Benga, whose village was massacred by the Force Publique of Belgian Congo, was found and brought to the USA by an American missionary to the World’s Fair of St. Louis in 1904. After the exhibition, in 1906 he was brought over to the Bronx Zoo, where he regularly featured in the monkey house in company of an orangutan called Dohong. On the protest of the local Christian churches who considered it humiliating to expose a human person together with animals, the following article was published in the New York Times:
“We do not quite understand all the emotion which others are expressing in the matter… It is absurd to make moan over the imagined humiliation and degradation Benga is suffering. The pygmies… are very low in the human scale, and the suggestion that Benga should be in a school instead of a cage ignores the high probability that school would be a place… from which he could draw no advantage whatever. The idea that men are all much alike except as they have had or lacked opportunities for getting an education out of books is now far out of date.”
Benga committed ritual suicide in 1916, at the age of 32, when with America’s entry to World War I he lost all his hopes to ever be returned to his homeland. -source
"The concept of the human zoo has not completely disappeared. A Congolese village was displayed at the Brussels 1958 World's Fair. In April 1994, an example of an Ivory Coast village was presented as part of an African safari in Port-Saint-Père, near Nantes, in France, later called Planète Sauvage.
An African village was opened in Augsburg's zoo in Germany in July 2005. In August 2005, London Zoo also displayed humans wearing fig leaves. In 2007, Adelaide Zoo ran a Human Zoo exhibit which consisted of a group of people who, as part of a study exercise, had applied to be housed in the former ape enclosure by day, but then returned home by night. The inhabitants took part in several exercises, much to the amusement of onlookers, who were asked for donations towards a new ape enclosure. In 2007, Pygmy performers at the Festival of Pan-African Music were housed (although not exhibited) at a zoo in Brazzaville, Congo.
In Mexican zoos, such as Guadalajara Zoo and most evidently at the well-known safari Africam Safari, located in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico; there are "African Villages displayed, with sculptures of Africans with a bone on their head cooking a white explorer, and there are even native African people working as exhibit in these safari parks." -source
It is a very shameful period for Europeans, when people earned money kidnapping other people and showing them to others. So, the last Afro-American disappeared from the European Zoos in 1936. However, the last “Negro Village” was demonstrated at the Expo exhibition in Brussels in 1958. -source
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