Luckily, we are all human beings, anyway. And what we - the human beings are - is what we think (of and/or about. My grandma told me about the “Völkerschauen", poor people displayed in the Pratergardens in Vienna. It’s exocitism and gazing for the other … it is mostly humiliating for human beings to act like this: an attraction of what? a surprise of this? an astonishment of that? - now, what’s up`? it is: THE OTHER WITHIN OURSELVES. what else?
Comment from: Houston Resident [Visitor]
Who do we contact to protest the idiots who came up with this crap? I.E:anthropologists Nina Glick Schiller, Data Dea and Markus Höhne, and let us not forget Shannon Joyce Prince. Very ironic how their contact information is not included in the article. What a bunch of morons.
Comment from: eighty [Visitor]
You’re misreading the quote and article. The aforementioned anthropologists are protesting the human zoo; they are not responsible for its inception.
Unless I’m misreading your quote and you’re actually admonishing the protesters. In which case…uh…wow.
Comment from: marty [Visitor]
Are you kidding me this is about as racist as Jesse Jackson saying that Lebron James who made well over 200 million dollars in 7 years is a slave you protestors need to get a hobby
Comment from: Houston Native [Visitor]
Who are these people, I have been to the Houston zoo many times in the last month and the exhibit is not even complete. There are STILL construction vehicles making way for a beautiful and accurate representation of Africa. Maybe these people should wait until it is open. I would not call a move racist if I had not seen it, Would not call a book bad without reading it…These Anthropologists have nothing better to do because they have obviously done NO research to prove any above OPINIONS. They realize that they have no use to society any longer so need to make their OPINIONS loud, obnoxious, and FALSE to get any funding.
Go back to your freshman classes and leave the educated, intelligent, accurate depictions of Africa to those who care most about it…because Obviously the only thing these jokers care about is getting their names in press and protests…. keep your liberal-socialism in Europe…no one wants it over here.
What would make you feel better, a white African Forest, or would that breath to close to Apartheid?
All you people whining about “anthropologists just trying to get their names in the papers” or whatever need to take a chill pill. It’s a human zoo and it’s racist. Shannon Joyce Prince and the others know what they’re talking about.
Oh, and that zoochat thread link ought to have a warning in front of it – most of it is pretty awful and full of racism apologism.
Comment from: Linda de Vries [Visitor]
The zoo is right to show reality: many indigenous people live or lived in harmony with nature and wildlife. Only now the harmony is disturbed. The reality is that the wildlife and forests are disappearing. The indigenous people lose as well: the forests provided food, shelter medicines for the people. Now they are forced to find other ways to survive. If you want to save the people and their cultures, you have to save the forests and wildlife as well. Real sustainable tourism may be a way to do this: it offers the people an income and at the same time they will appreciate the environment again and save it, like they used to do for ages. The anthropologists should face reality: the indigenous people are part of this world. They don’t live in a vacuum anymore. All living things are part of the world and have equal rights: people, animals, nature. In fact: we are animals (primates) as well. We are not any better or worse than chimpanzees. So the zoo does a good thing to show an african village where people live together with animals. It is not a shame to live together with chimpanzees or other animals, it is something to be proud of!