Charles Kingsley on the Irish

‘But I am haunted by the human chimpanzees I saw along that hundred miles of horrible country. I don’t believe they are our fault, I believe that there are not only more of them than of old, but that they are happier, better, more comfortably fed and lodged under our rule than they ever were. But to see white chimpanzees is dreadful; if they were black, one would not feel it so much, but their skins, except where tanned by exposure, are as white as ours.’ (Quoted in C. K. Innes, Through The Looking Glass: African and Irish Nationalist Writing, p.12; cited by Margaret Greene, UG Diss, UU 2007.)










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