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Why Was Black Athena Canceled?

Frederick Douglass, race science, and the fight for civilization

Sounion Kouros, c. 580 BCE

In a previous essay about Frederick Douglass’s confrontation with race science in the 19th century, I agreed with him that there could be “no neutral ground for the scholar” in a political climate where scholarship was often dedicated to the express purpose of denying the full humanity and full equality…

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