ShortHand: The Human Zoo & Mbye Ota Benga

RedHanded

25-04-2023 • 20 mins

At the turn of the last century, Congolese teenager Mbye Ota Benga was branded a ‘savage’ and put on display at the St Louis World Fair, before being forced into a permanent exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. He was one of several exploited individuals that were paraded as the ‘missing link’ – in mockery of Darwin's theory of evolution.

This is the story of how a great leap forward in human understanding became yet another excuse for rampant racism in the USA.

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