What we used to know about race (part 1)
Sep 18th, 2011 by Unamused
When I am unable to write a substantial post because of other obligations, I will endeavor to entertain and enlighten you, my loyal and cuddly readers, with historical (and therefore hilariously/hideously politically-incorrect) quotations about race.
Today’s installment: Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) — philosopher, physician, humanitarian, musician, musicologist, theologian, medical missionary to Africa, and winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize — on African blacks.
They have neither the mental or emotional abilities to equate or share equally with White men in any functions of our civilization. I have given my life to try and bring unto them the advantages which civilization must offer, but I have become well aware that we must retain this status: White the superior, and they the inferior.
For whenever a White man seeks to live among them as their equals, they will destroy and devour him, and they will destroy all his works. …
Never fraternize with them as equals. Never accept them as your social equals or they will devour you. They will destroy you.
UPDATE (September 19): It seems likely that this quotation was fabricated. It must have really caught on, though, if schweitzer.org has it in the FAQs. The following much milder remark, on the other hand, is definitely due to Schweitzer:
The African is my brother — but he is my younger brother by several centuries.
My source for the dubious passage was Jared Taylor’s “White Identity,” which cites schweitzer.org quoting “From My African Notebook” by Albert Schweitzer. This is clearly not the case at the moment, and I seriously doubt schweitzer.org first quoted the passage in question, then switched to denying/debunking it. It seems likely Taylor made an error, which I reproduced here. I have obtained a copy of Schweitzer’s book in the original German in order to find out.
In any case, is that dubious passage not an uncomfortably truthful, albeit exaggerated, depiction of black-white race relations — whether in Africa or (African) America? See our series “Welcome to the jungle: Unamusement Park explores the Congo,” “Race, crime, and the media in America,” “Hate crime alerts,” “Chicago,” “Florida,” and “Three laws of race and crime.”