Topics: Race and Ethnicity, Racism, Charles Darwin Pages: 2 (714 words) Published: November 26, 2012
Membe's definition of sovereignty is to have control over life and death, and the right to say who deserves to die; this documentary without a doubt explains Membe's theory of necropolitics. In the short film by BBC titled " Scientific Racism: The Eugenics of Social Darwinism" we can clearly identify how Individuals perceived power over African Americans, indigenous people and those of lower class.

In the early 1900's European scientist, writers and philosophers developed explanations for why mass killing of individuals was necessary for the survival of mankind. In Britain, the white superiority believed that the Africans were lesser men and lesser brothers. One of the first encounters of sovereignty is the abomination of the Aboriginals, the Tasmanian indigenous people. In 1803 when the British began to settle in the islands of Tasmania it was easy for them to build a new capital and begin to eliminate the Aboriginals because they had no culture, no religion, and most importantly had no God. At the time they had a population of 5,000, and were seen as savages and animals. By the 1820's the population of the Aboriginals was declining in great numbers, just twenty years after the British settlement there were only three hundred Aboriginals left. Although the British government knew, the actions they were taking were unjust and inhumane they tried to do something about it. They passed one of many laws that explains; whoever kills an Aboriginal, should have the equal punishment back and vice versa. These laws were never enforced, the killing continued until a missionary by the name of George Robinson. He decided that it was better to end the conflict and transport the few Aboriginals north of Tasmania to Flinders Island, where there they would be taught culture and religion and force them to live in a community as true "Christians." This was not 'point civilization', it soon turned into a death camp, where the rest of the Aboriginals died from illness,...
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