What racism?

Dear Editor:I would like to address the rhetorical question Mr. Cristea presents in his letter "Basic Science." (Letters to the Editor, 5/1/09) Based on the subtitle of Charles Darwin's book, "The Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection of the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life," he calls Darwin a racist and asks, "Who are the favored races, Charlie?" Anyone who has read the book will find this question risible. It is beyond the purview of Darwin's book to postulate on humans or the human race, their origin or evolution. Rather he comments on domestic and wild animals, plants and insects. If someone thinks the scientific investigation of animals like ducks, turtles, or dogs is racist, maybe they should reassess their cognitive process. - Russell Rankin, Downey

********** Published: May 8, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 3