If people are really going to assume that guys with long hair are gay and girls with short hair are lesbians then I am going to assume that all bald men are actually eagles.
harryhenry1 said: Wow, you've shown me so many examples of people of color in medieval art, that i'm suprised that even professers of history seem to deny the there were POC in medieval europe! My question though, is this: has there been any research done as to when this white-washing of medieval europe began?
The amount of “science” devoted to proving that people of color were inherently inferior to white people was like…pretty much the ENTIRETY of “science” from the late 1700s to….well. [implying that this is to the present]
The internet just exists to to try to prove that PoC are inferior to whites. Same with mass production, quantum physics, cosmology, polio vaccines, driving the smallpox virus nearly to extinction (yes, people did this, the only smallpox left in the world is frozen in vaults somewhere, it’s awesome);
And, of course, robotics, graphene, trains, airplanes, and cars were all invented to prove white people are better than everyone else.
But it’s not fair to criticize science, technology, and engineering without moving on to mathematics. Linear algebra is some racist honky bullshit. In addition, analytic number theory is absolutely repulsive. Just look at how racist one of its so-called “important” ideas is:
The non-trivial zeros of the Zeta function all lie on the critical line with real part one-half, and also black people are subhuman monkeys
-The Riemann Hypothesis.
Some crackers offer one million dollars to whichever cracker can prove this. Disgusting and vile.
Aren’t you adorable. Do you really think this stuff is invented out of whole cloth by people on tumblr? The sad part is, you MUST, since apparently you’ve never had to experience any of it in any other realm of your life. Sadly, your innocence is much more repulsive than it is precious.
[tw: link contains descriptions of Black people being burned with acid and subjected to other “scientific” tortures] Conceptions and Perceptions of Human Difference: Albinos and Hermaphrodites in the Enlightenment (132-pg thesis on the birth of scientific racism):
In this case study of the attempt to understand blackness in the Enlightenment, many eighteenth century scientists and philosophers exploited science to create categories in the human species based on differences between the European norm and the black African.
Skin color served as a marker to define humans on a spectrum of quality, where Europeans were the prime example and Africans existed as lower ranks of degeneration from the white prototype.
Scientific evidence was harnessed to legitimize prevailing racial subjugation and human differentiation. Furthermore, based on “scientific” theories of degeneration and the development of blackness from disease, evidence concluded that the black African was an abnormal condition as opposed to the European.
Moreover, the specimenization of the black African led to scientific excuses to create racial hierarchies, where the white European stood above the inferior black African; and the black condition was clinicalized as a result. The resulting theory of blackness as a disease made the presence of the African in society detrimental and poisonous, thereby warranting its domination and control.
Science was used during the eighteenth century not as unbiased third-party source to assess the origin of the black African’s skin coloration, but as evidentiary support to racial inequities proposed by naturalists ideas through black dehumanization, abnormalization, and pathologization.
The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould (Harvard evolutionary biologist, paleontologist, and historian of science on the history of scientific racism)
Race and the Enlightenment: A Reader, edited by Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze:
Eze also includes a text by Hume that Kant used to justify his dismissal of Africans’ mental capacities. In a footnote to his essay “Of National Characters” (1748), Hume asserted “I am apt to suspect the Negroes and in general all other species of men… to be naturally inferior to the whites.” Kant quotes this footnote in his Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime (1764) to support his claim that “the Negroes of Africa have by nature no feeling that rises above the trifling” and thus possess monstrously defective aesthetic and moral sensibilities
And if you think that this kind of thinking ended then?
Well, North Carolina forcibly sterilized over 8,000 people, mostly poor Black women, between 1930 and 1980 under the jurisdiction of their Eugenics board, and the “science” behind that was supposedly the improvement of the human race by weeding out the “undesirables”…
Description for Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism, by John Hoberman:
Black & Blue is the first systematic description of how American doctors think about racial differences and how this kind of thinking affects the treatment of their black patients. The standard studies of medical racism examine past medical abuses of black people and do not address the racially motivated thinking and behaviors of physicians practicing medicine today.
Black & Blue penetrates the physician’s private sphere where racial fantasies and misinformation distort diagnoses and treatments. Doctors have always absorbed the racial stereotypes and folkloric beliefs about racial differences that permeate the general population. Within the world of medicine this racial folklore has infiltrated all of the medical sub-disciplines, from cardiology to gynecology to psychiatry. Doctors have thus imposed white or black racial identities upon every organ system of the human body, along with racial interpretations of black children, the black elderly, the black athlete, black musicality, black pain thresholds, and other aspects of black minds and bodies. The American medical establishment does not readily absorb either historical or current information about medical racism. For this reason, racial enlightenment will not reach medical schools until the current race-aversive curricula include new historical and sociological perspectives.
And of course, there’s Jason Richwine, who actually earned a degree from Harvard on his dissertation that postulated:
Actually, my next queued post addresses that in detail, particularly in regards to Art Education.
Quick-n-Dirty Version: it began during “The Enlightenment”, during colonization and the beginnings of chattel slavery. The idea of “White People” had just been invented, along with the idea of White supremacy. Basically, all the leading “scientific minds” directly benefited from genocide, kidnapping people an enslaving them, and stealing their land, resources, and skills.
And in order to justify this, it was very important to create this idea not just that “these people are in a subordinate position now”, it had to be retroactive. As in, “these people have never had any accomplishments, their culture is primitive, worthless, ugly, uninteresting, therefore whatever we do to them is okay/for their own good/helping them/better than leaving them to their own depravity” et cetera.
The amount of “science” devoted to proving that people of color were inherently inferior to white people was like…pretty much the ENTIRETY of “science” from the late 1700s to….well.
This asshat got his degree from Harvard on the premise that “Hispanics have lower IQs than American Whites” IN 2009.
And the consistent disenfranchisement of specifically Mestiz@ and other “not white” Mexican Americans has been documented by sociologist Richard Shingles, who says:
Shingles concludes it is an American problem brought on by the history of the nation’s oldest and largest Mexican American communities, a history that started with conquest and has excluded generations from the benefits of development. “Our past cannot be separated from our future.”
See how that works?
No past, no history, no context, just a huge group of people that are somehow “inherently inferior”, and coincidentally not historically f*cked over for hundreds of years. It’s about blaming the victims of racism for suffering from the results of racism.
That’s why they teach whitewashed history.
…he wrote that Hispanic immigrants have a substantially lower IQ than the white native-born population and that, because of the hereditary nature of IQ, this fact should be taken into consideration when designing immigration policy.
This work is problematic because it is part of a tradition of scientific racism, and because it is based on discredited ideas of intelligence testing and the relationship between racialised categories and genetic makeup.
But of course, all of these people are just overreeacting.
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