This Richard Dawkins web site claims that Charles Darwin used his theory of evolution to suggest racism.
But much more than subtle racism, but suggesting the wholesale slaughter of the “savage” species of humans, namely Black People and Australians.
“If they knew the full title of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life, they might have gained some inkling of the racism propagated by this controversial theorist.
Had they actually read Origin, they likely would be shocked to learn that among Darwin's scientifically based proposals was the elimination of "the negro and Australian peoples," which he considered savage races whose continued survival was hindering the progress of civilization.”
Evidently, there is some truth to this, noting that the original title of :Origin of a Species” was “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: "Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life"
Here is the often-cited quote by Darwin. The passage “exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world”, speaks for itself:
“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes ... will no doubt be exterminated.
The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla (Darwin 1887:156).”
An Australian person