Anténor Firmin, key figure in the fight against racism

June 3, 2020

Anténor Firmin is a 19th-century Haitian politician and eminent intellectual. He is known for his avant-garde work entitled “The Equality of Human Races. Positivist Anthropology” published in 1885, in response to the racist theories of Gobineau in his work Essay on the inequality of human races.

Drawing on empiricism, history, and anthropology, he deconstructs the racist theories of this era while emphasizing the significance of the Haitian Revolution of 1804 and the many other Haitian achievements in the fields of medicine, science, and social science.

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