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African Pygmy Once Caged With Orangutan in Bronx Zoo?

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Ota Benga was a human being treated by America as a side-show. This was not during a time when Americans “legally” viewed blacks as cattle and property. This was many years after slavery.  This was after the Emancipation and after the Civil War. Yet, the savagery of American culture allowed this beautiful soul—a human being—to be caged with animals and put on display for the enjoyment and entertainment of white America. All of this in the “liberal” bastion of New York City.


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