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museumofmodernerotica said: Maybe this is a crazy question, but how did Europeans know what Africans looked like? I know that some of the paintings here are of North Africans/Middle Easterners, but others clearly depict people born south of the Sahara. I've heard of Prester John but I never imagined that medieval Europeans were aware that Prester John would have had brown skin. Am I missing something?

medievalpoc:

krazipanther:

medievalpoc:

blue-author:

medievalpoc:

Like. There are a lot of things I could say here. But I’m just going to do my best to answer your question, and the answer is either very simple or very complicated, depending on your current point of view.

1. “They” knew what people with brown skin looked like because people with brown skin had been there literally THE ENTIRE TIME. Some (and father back, ALL) of “them” had brown skin themselves.

2. “People with Brown Skin” and “Europeans” are not separate and mutually exclusive groups.

3. No matter how far back you go, the mythical time that you’re looking for, when all-white, racially and culturally isolated Europe was “real”, will continue to recede from your grasp until it winkles out the like imaginary place it is.

We can just keep going back. In every area, from all walks of life, rich and poor, kings and peasants, artists and iconoclasts, before there were countries and continents, before there were white people.

Russia, 1899:

image

Switzerland, c. 1800:

image

Netherlands, 1658:

image

Poland, 1539:

image

Germany, 1480s:

image

Spain, 1420s:

image

France, 1332:

image

Scotland, England, France, 1280s:

image

France, 1220s:

image

England, 1178:

image

Belgium, 1084:

image

Greece, c. 1000:

image

Spain, 850s:

image

Throughout Europe, 800s-500s:

image

England, c. 300 AD:

image

Scotland, c. 100 AD:

image

image

Italy, 79 AD:

image

Greece, 170 B.C.:

image

Greece, 300 B. C.:

image

Greece, 400s B.C.

image

Greece, 500s B.C.:

image

Egypt, 1200s B.C.:

image

Crete (Minoan), 1600 B.C.:

image

Crete (Minoan), early 2000s B.C.:

image

Romania, 34,000 B.C.:

image

The time when “EVERYONE” in Europe was White does not exist. They knew what people with brown skin looked like because they were there. They knew what “Africans” looked like because they were there, and they weren’t “they”, they were us, or you. I think what you’re missing is something that never existed.

I’m astonished at the level of restraint the blogger is showing here. Here’s a blog that documents with paintings that people of color existed in all walks of life throughout medieval and classical Europe, and someone still manages to come along and ask, “But how did the painters know what these mysterious and exotic people from far-off lands looked like?”

I *could* have just said

image

But who knows, I thought maybe some people could understand better if I went century-by-century….? Maybe this can be someone’s “ohhhhhh” moment.

I’m always looking for new ways to say the same thing, I guess…..

I still clearly remember being in Europe touring some castle when I was like 10 or so, and seeing a black noble woman depicted. It blew my mind. I truly think part of the problem is that, for many kids, the only books they read are in school. So if the textbooks don’t show black people in Europe, then despite any brief (and it was always brief) mention of Moors, it just doesn’t occur to folks, not even just white folks, anybody. Pictures likes these are so important, as are pictures of black engineers, animators, scientists, etc.  

Do you remember any details about which castle it might have been, or which noblewoman you saw?

Also, dang I wish I could have toured Europe when I was 10. Or ever.

ourblackproject:

If you say “i am beautiful” - beauty will come looking for you. If you say “i am unlucky” - bad circumstances will come looking for you. If you say “i am broke” - lack will come looking for you. If you say “i am blessed” - blessings will come looking for you. -@jeanclervil

Replace negative language with positive, affirming language!

two words

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"I think what we need is a colorblind society." Now folks, when you hear somebody say that you know you’re listening to a racist…

- Jane Elliot and Oprah Winfrey discussing racism in 1992 on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

THIS WAS IN

1992

NINETEEN FUCKING NINETY-TWO

'92 was a beautiful year ;-)

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freedominwickedness:

bapgeek:

gradientlair:

miss-rae-raeSurya Bonaly backflip

blackberryshawtyYas!

dianarossweaveQueen

strugglingtobeheardbow down bitches. my god, i still get scared and i know she nails it, she is just pure nerves of steel and amazingness lol

PEAK BLACKNESS.

they outlawed this move just because she was the only woman who could do it. 

The awesome is in the details, though.

Surya Bonaly was infamous for (among other things) doing a one blade backflip in the 1998 Olympics, and is the ONLY figure skater who’s ever pulled that off. Not just the only woman, the only figure skater PERIOD. There’s like all of three Olympic-class male skaters who did backflips in their routines, and NONE of them could do it one blade.

But wait, there’s more.

Backflips were banned from the 1976 Olympics onward on the official justification that skating jumps are supposed to be landed on one blade, whereas backflips are landed on both blades. The unofficial justification was it was too dangerous, both to the athlete and to the rink — if you didn’t land it perfectly, you could not only break your ankle, but also punch THROUGH the ice surface.

Surya Bonaly was openly contemptuous of the figure skating judges, because they were a bunch of openly racist white men who always screwed her over by giving her lower scores than she deserved. That one-blade backflip was her ultimate FUCK YOU! to the Olympics judges, because she took an “illegal” backflip and made it legal by landing it on one blade. Pretty much DARING them to mark her down for being epic awesome and pulling a move that their precious coddled white girls didn’t have the guts to even think about.

They did, of course. White racism knows no bounds. But she utterly owned them with that move.

(via exquisiteblackpeople)

Study Finds White Americans Believe They Experience More Racism Than African Americans | Political Blind Spot

america-wakiewakie:

There’s a saying that “the new racism is to deny that racism exists.” If that is the case, it may explain a study conducted by researchers from Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. Their findings claim that self-described white Americans believe they have “replaced blacks” as the primary victims of racial discrimination in contemporary America.

The authors say that their study highlights how the expectations of a “post-racial” society, predicted or imagined in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidency, has far from been achieved.

The study finds that while both Caucasian and African Americans agree that anti-black racism has decreased over the last 60 years, whites believe that anti-white racism has increased. Moreover, the study finds that the majority of Caucasians believe that anti-white racism is a “bigger problem” than what African Americans face.

Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Sommers, PhD is the co-author of the article “Whites See Racism as a Zero-sum Game that They Are Now Losing,” from the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. He comments that ”It’s a pretty surprising finding when you think of the wide range of disparities that still exist in society, most of which show black Americans with worse outcomes than whites in areas such as income, home ownership, health and employment.”

The study was conducted by Sommers and co-author Michael I. Norton of Harvard asking a roughly equal national sample of 209 Caucasians and 208 African Americans to indicate, on a scale of 1 to 10, the extent to which they felt blacks and whites were the targets of discrimination in decades spanning from the 1950s to the 2000s. The scale’s ranking of 1 indicated “not at all” while 10 indicates “very much.”

Both groups reported roughly the same things for the 1950s, with neither believing Caucasians experienced much racism at all during that turbulent decade. Both similarly agreed that at the same time, there was substantial racism against African Americans. Both groups also agreed that racism against African Americans has steadily decreased over time. But here’s where the study gets interesting. Caucasians surveyed believe that the discrimination faced by their African American neighbors has decreased much more rapidly than the African American respondents. Furthermore, they believe that while African Americans now have it better, they – the Caucasians surveyed – have taken their place as the primary targets of discrimination.

“These data are the first to demonstrate that not only do whites think more progress has been made toward equality than do blacks, but whites also now believe that this progress is linked to a new inequality – at their expense,” Norton and Sommers explain.

An astounding 11% of Caucasian respondents assigned the maximum rating of 10 to the seriousness of anti-white discrimination. Compare that with only 2% who reported the same of anti-black racism. Caucasians, the study found, often believe that racial equality is “a zero sum game,” where one group gains at the expense of others.

Ok then….

Are we free yet

Black people will never be free because the freedom so many of us have come to know is the same freedom white people want us to work for.

As a race we need to have a universal understanding of freedom created by us and for us.

We can not share the same ideals of freedom with another race that created, maintained and continuously defends racists systems and institutions that only work to break us, to divide us, to manipulate us.

We can not keep fighting for rights to be a part of their system.  Their system is flawed,  created by and for the benefit of the middle and upper class white men. We were not taken into consideration, to be benefactors of the capitalist system. For that same reason we should not fight them to be a part of it.

We should reject their ideals of freedom,  ideals of wealth,  their ideals of beauty,  their ideals of religion,  their ideals of success. We should redefine all these things for ourselves, so that our children will never be lost,  confused,  bullied or made to feel alien wherever they are.

We should defend every person within our race and excuse those with faults and offer them help and rehabilitation. 

We should own our music,  our education,  or media,  our money.  If somebody from another race talks bad about a black person, whether we agree or not we should be defensive and defend all members of our race.  We should never be devided by the politics of another race. 

I believe that when we reject the ideals and beliefs of other races and create our own beliefs and ideals,  only then will we have freedom.

earthshaker1217:

lookatthewords:

I come here tonight and plead with you. Be proud of yourself and believe that you’re somebody. I said to a group last night, “Nobody else can do this for us.” No document can do this for us. No Lincolnian proclamation can do this for us; no Kennedysonian or Johnsonian civil rights bill can do this for us. If the negro is to be free he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign, with a pen an ink of self-asserted manhood, his own Emancipation Proclamation. Don’t let anybody take your manhood. Be proud of our heritage; as somebody said earlier tonight, we don’t have anything to be ashamed of.

Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language.They made everything black, ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms of the word “black.” It’s always something degrading and low and sinister. Look at the word, “white.” It’s always something pure, high. Well I want to get the language right tonight.

I want to get it so right that everybody here will cry out, “Yes I’m Black and I’m proud of it. I’m Black and beautiful.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. -Somebody Told a Lie

"If the negro is to be free he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign, with a pen and ink of self-asserted manhood, his own Emancipation Proclamation."

(via black--lamb)

newwavefeminism:

Photoshopping does more than alter our sense of body image in terms of weight. It also portrays false ideals of skin pigment.

(via callherkelly)

yagazieemezi:

AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY:

At 15 years of age, Luxembourg-based David Uzochukwu is a photographer who is creating a name for himself through his portfolio. With soft, but stunning portraits and self-portraits, he already carries an impressive resume for his artistic images.

View more of his work HERE.

"My name is David. I’m all about early mornings, the sunrise, traveling, reading, tea, watermelons, lying on the street to count the stars and getting high on exciting photos. Hello"

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"Oooooo what’s thattt". #baby #vsco #daughter #pretty #family #likedadlikedaughter #cute #love

"Oooooo what’s thattt". #baby #vsco #daughter #pretty #family #likedadlikedaughter #cute #love

museumofmodernerotica said: Maybe this is a crazy question, but how did Europeans know what Africans looked like? I know that some of the paintings here are of North Africans/Middle Easterners, but others clearly depict people born south of the Sahara. I've heard of Prester John but I never imagined that medieval Europeans were aware that Prester John would have had brown skin. Am I missing something?

medievalpoc:

krazipanther:

medievalpoc:

blue-author:

medievalpoc:

Like. There are a lot of things I could say here. But I’m just going to do my best to answer your question, and the answer is either very simple or very complicated, depending on your current point of view.

1. “They” knew what people with brown skin looked like because people with brown skin had been there literally THE ENTIRE TIME. Some (and father back, ALL) of “them” had brown skin themselves.

2. “People with Brown Skin” and “Europeans” are not separate and mutually exclusive groups.

3. No matter how far back you go, the mythical time that you’re looking for, when all-white, racially and culturally isolated Europe was “real”, will continue to recede from your grasp until it winkles out the like imaginary place it is.

We can just keep going back. In every area, from all walks of life, rich and poor, kings and peasants, artists and iconoclasts, before there were countries and continents, before there were white people.

Russia, 1899:

image

Switzerland, c. 1800:

image

Netherlands, 1658:

image

Poland, 1539:

image

Germany, 1480s:

image

Spain, 1420s:

image

France, 1332:

image

Scotland, England, France, 1280s:

image

France, 1220s:

image

England, 1178:

image

Belgium, 1084:

image

Greece, c. 1000:

image

Spain, 850s:

image

Throughout Europe, 800s-500s:

image

England, c. 300 AD:

image

Scotland, c. 100 AD:

image

image

Italy, 79 AD:

image

Greece, 170 B.C.:

image

Greece, 300 B. C.:

image

Greece, 400s B.C.

image

Greece, 500s B.C.:

image

Egypt, 1200s B.C.:

image

Crete (Minoan), 1600 B.C.:

image

Crete (Minoan), early 2000s B.C.:

image

Romania, 34,000 B.C.:

image

The time when “EVERYONE” in Europe was White does not exist. They knew what people with brown skin looked like because they were there. They knew what “Africans” looked like because they were there, and they weren’t “they”, they were us, or you. I think what you’re missing is something that never existed.

I’m astonished at the level of restraint the blogger is showing here. Here’s a blog that documents with paintings that people of color existed in all walks of life throughout medieval and classical Europe, and someone still manages to come along and ask, “But how did the painters know what these mysterious and exotic people from far-off lands looked like?”

I *could* have just said

image

But who knows, I thought maybe some people could understand better if I went century-by-century….? Maybe this can be someone’s “ohhhhhh” moment.

I’m always looking for new ways to say the same thing, I guess…..

I still clearly remember being in Europe touring some castle when I was like 10 or so, and seeing a black noble woman depicted. It blew my mind. I truly think part of the problem is that, for many kids, the only books they read are in school. So if the textbooks don’t show black people in Europe, then despite any brief (and it was always brief) mention of Moors, it just doesn’t occur to folks, not even just white folks, anybody. Pictures likes these are so important, as are pictures of black engineers, animators, scientists, etc.  

Do you remember any details about which castle it might have been, or which noblewoman you saw?

Also, dang I wish I could have toured Europe when I was 10. Or ever.

ourblackproject:

If you say “i am beautiful” - beauty will come looking for you. If you say “i am unlucky” - bad circumstances will come looking for you. If you say “i am broke” - lack will come looking for you. If you say “i am blessed” - blessings will come looking for you. -@jeanclervil

Replace negative language with positive, affirming language!

two words

(via )

fillenoire-coule-or:

setfabulazerstomaximumcaptain:

pine-cypress:

gynocraticgrrl:

"I think what we need is a colorblind society." Now folks, when you hear somebody say that you know you’re listening to a racist…

- Jane Elliot and Oprah Winfrey discussing racism in 1992 on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

THIS WAS IN

1992

NINETEEN FUCKING NINETY-TWO

'92 was a beautiful year ;-)

(Source: exgynocraticgrrl, via exquisiteblackpeople)

freedominwickedness:

bapgeek:

gradientlair:

miss-rae-raeSurya Bonaly backflip

blackberryshawtyYas!

dianarossweaveQueen

strugglingtobeheardbow down bitches. my god, i still get scared and i know she nails it, she is just pure nerves of steel and amazingness lol

PEAK BLACKNESS.

they outlawed this move just because she was the only woman who could do it. 

The awesome is in the details, though.

Surya Bonaly was infamous for (among other things) doing a one blade backflip in the 1998 Olympics, and is the ONLY figure skater who’s ever pulled that off. Not just the only woman, the only figure skater PERIOD. There’s like all of three Olympic-class male skaters who did backflips in their routines, and NONE of them could do it one blade.

But wait, there’s more.

Backflips were banned from the 1976 Olympics onward on the official justification that skating jumps are supposed to be landed on one blade, whereas backflips are landed on both blades. The unofficial justification was it was too dangerous, both to the athlete and to the rink — if you didn’t land it perfectly, you could not only break your ankle, but also punch THROUGH the ice surface.

Surya Bonaly was openly contemptuous of the figure skating judges, because they were a bunch of openly racist white men who always screwed her over by giving her lower scores than she deserved. That one-blade backflip was her ultimate FUCK YOU! to the Olympics judges, because she took an “illegal” backflip and made it legal by landing it on one blade. Pretty much DARING them to mark her down for being epic awesome and pulling a move that their precious coddled white girls didn’t have the guts to even think about.

They did, of course. White racism knows no bounds. But she utterly owned them with that move.

(via exquisiteblackpeople)

Black pride is not white hate

tishaj:

Just let us be great.

(via black--lamb)

Study Finds White Americans Believe They Experience More Racism Than African Americans | Political Blind Spot

america-wakiewakie:

There’s a saying that “the new racism is to deny that racism exists.” If that is the case, it may explain a study conducted by researchers from Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. Their findings claim that self-described white Americans believe they have “replaced blacks” as the primary victims of racial discrimination in contemporary America.

The authors say that their study highlights how the expectations of a “post-racial” society, predicted or imagined in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidency, has far from been achieved.

The study finds that while both Caucasian and African Americans agree that anti-black racism has decreased over the last 60 years, whites believe that anti-white racism has increased. Moreover, the study finds that the majority of Caucasians believe that anti-white racism is a “bigger problem” than what African Americans face.

Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Sommers, PhD is the co-author of the article “Whites See Racism as a Zero-sum Game that They Are Now Losing,” from the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. He comments that ”It’s a pretty surprising finding when you think of the wide range of disparities that still exist in society, most of which show black Americans with worse outcomes than whites in areas such as income, home ownership, health and employment.”

The study was conducted by Sommers and co-author Michael I. Norton of Harvard asking a roughly equal national sample of 209 Caucasians and 208 African Americans to indicate, on a scale of 1 to 10, the extent to which they felt blacks and whites were the targets of discrimination in decades spanning from the 1950s to the 2000s. The scale’s ranking of 1 indicated “not at all” while 10 indicates “very much.”

Both groups reported roughly the same things for the 1950s, with neither believing Caucasians experienced much racism at all during that turbulent decade. Both similarly agreed that at the same time, there was substantial racism against African Americans. Both groups also agreed that racism against African Americans has steadily decreased over time. But here’s where the study gets interesting. Caucasians surveyed believe that the discrimination faced by their African American neighbors has decreased much more rapidly than the African American respondents. Furthermore, they believe that while African Americans now have it better, they – the Caucasians surveyed – have taken their place as the primary targets of discrimination.

“These data are the first to demonstrate that not only do whites think more progress has been made toward equality than do blacks, but whites also now believe that this progress is linked to a new inequality – at their expense,” Norton and Sommers explain.

An astounding 11% of Caucasian respondents assigned the maximum rating of 10 to the seriousness of anti-white discrimination. Compare that with only 2% who reported the same of anti-black racism. Caucasians, the study found, often believe that racial equality is “a zero sum game,” where one group gains at the expense of others.

Ok then….

Are we free yet

Black people will never be free because the freedom so many of us have come to know is the same freedom white people want us to work for.

As a race we need to have a universal understanding of freedom created by us and for us.

We can not share the same ideals of freedom with another race that created, maintained and continuously defends racists systems and institutions that only work to break us, to divide us, to manipulate us.

We can not keep fighting for rights to be a part of their system.  Their system is flawed,  created by and for the benefit of the middle and upper class white men. We were not taken into consideration, to be benefactors of the capitalist system. For that same reason we should not fight them to be a part of it.

We should reject their ideals of freedom,  ideals of wealth,  their ideals of beauty,  their ideals of religion,  their ideals of success. We should redefine all these things for ourselves, so that our children will never be lost,  confused,  bullied or made to feel alien wherever they are.

We should defend every person within our race and excuse those with faults and offer them help and rehabilitation. 

We should own our music,  our education,  or media,  our money.  If somebody from another race talks bad about a black person, whether we agree or not we should be defensive and defend all members of our race.  We should never be devided by the politics of another race. 

I believe that when we reject the ideals and beliefs of other races and create our own beliefs and ideals,  only then will we have freedom.

earthshaker1217:

lookatthewords:

I come here tonight and plead with you. Be proud of yourself and believe that you’re somebody. I said to a group last night, “Nobody else can do this for us.” No document can do this for us. No Lincolnian proclamation can do this for us; no Kennedysonian or Johnsonian civil rights bill can do this for us. If the negro is to be free he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign, with a pen an ink of self-asserted manhood, his own Emancipation Proclamation. Don’t let anybody take your manhood. Be proud of our heritage; as somebody said earlier tonight, we don’t have anything to be ashamed of.

Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language.They made everything black, ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms of the word “black.” It’s always something degrading and low and sinister. Look at the word, “white.” It’s always something pure, high. Well I want to get the language right tonight.

I want to get it so right that everybody here will cry out, “Yes I’m Black and I’m proud of it. I’m Black and beautiful.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. -Somebody Told a Lie

"If the negro is to be free he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign, with a pen and ink of self-asserted manhood, his own Emancipation Proclamation."

(via black--lamb)

newwavefeminism:

Photoshopping does more than alter our sense of body image in terms of weight. It also portrays false ideals of skin pigment.

(via callherkelly)

black—lamb:

YES

(Source: blackfashion)

yagazieemezi:

AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY:

At 15 years of age, Luxembourg-based David Uzochukwu is a photographer who is creating a name for himself through his portfolio. With soft, but stunning portraits and self-portraits, he already carries an impressive resume for his artistic images.

View more of his work HERE.

"My name is David. I’m all about early mornings, the sunrise, traveling, reading, tea, watermelons, lying on the street to count the stars and getting high on exciting photos. Hello"

(via dvshas)

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