Democracy in America

why did Tocquenville believe that "the European is to the other races mankind what man kind himself is to the lower animals"?

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This guy was part of the early white dominated eugenics movement. Really it was a way that European men believed they could scientifically justify their racism. Tocquenville believed that ,

"The human beings who are scattered over this space do not form, as in Europe, so many branches of the same stock...Among these widely differing families of men, the first that attracts attention, the superior in intelligence, in power, and in enjoyment, is the white, or European, the MAN pre-eminently so called, below him appear the Negro and the Indian. These two unhappy races have nothing in common, neither birth, nor fea- tures, nor language, nor habits. Their only resemblance lies in their misfortunes. Both of them occupy an equally inferior posi- tion in the country they inhabit; both suffer from tyranny; and if their wrongs are not the same, they originate from the same authors."

Yikes, enough of that! Needless to say this guy tried to compare the White European (man) to what he believed were lower forms of other races and culture.