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Leading figures in science collectively expressed outrage over accusations of ‘scientific racism’

a fervent abolitionist.

The group of 39 academics, which includes Professor Richard Dawkins and Nobel Prize winner Professor Paul Nurse, wrote a letter to the Telegraph explaining why Huxley cannot be considered a racist.

The letter became a response to a report by an independent history group, tasked following the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests with analyzing the “links with the British Empirewhich would have prevented the university from becoming afully inclusive organization.“They came to the conclusion that Huxley, although an abolitionist, had fallen”far from modern Imperial values” and “could now be called racist“, like his essay “Emancipation – Black and White”a racial hierarchy of intelligence.As a result, the group recommended renaming a university building, which bears the name of one of Imperial College’s founders, and removing a bust of Huxley.

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The charges and recommendations were condemned in a letter to the Telegraph, signed by, among others, 17 Imperial College scholars.

Huxley was an ardent abolitionist who fought the virulent scientific pro-slavery racism of his day and publicly hailed the Confederacy’s defeat in 1865.,” they wrote.

Admitting that the anthropologist believed in a hierarchy of races early in his career, they say that with age, “he became skeptical of racial stereotypes.

Defenders of Huxley pointed out that the scientist “reformed London schools, was headmaster of a men’s college, wrote volumes of journalism, lectured for working people, and opened his courses to women“, while being”helped found the Royal College of Science, later Imperial College, the very institution that now seeks to disown him.”

An Imperial College spokesman said the institution’s management would present its proposals on how to proceed in February, The Telegraph reported.

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