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museumofmodernerotica asked: 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?

geejayeff:

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:

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Switzerland, c. 1800:  [fixed link here]

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Netherlands, 1658:

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Poland, 1539:

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Germany, 1480s:

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Spain, 1420s:

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France, 1332:

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Scotland, England, France, 1280s:

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France, 1220s:

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England, 1178:

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Belgium, 1084:

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Greece, c. 1000:

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Spain, 850s:

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Throughout Europe, 800s-500s:

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England, c. 300 AD:

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Scotland, c. 100 AD:

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Italy, 79 AD:

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Greece, 170 B.C.:

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Greece, 300 B. C.:

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Greece, 400s B.C.

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Greece, 500s B.C.:

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Egypt, 1200s B.C.:

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Crete (Minoan), 1600 B.C.:

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

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Romania, 34,000 B.C.:

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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.

the. whole. damn. time.

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mizzjade:

troublelovesmetroubleneedsme:

notsolodolo:

"And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
And since a man can’t make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up”
- Tupac Shakur 

Always reblog this.

^

mizzjade:

troublelovesmetroubleneedsme:

notsolodolo:

"And since we all came from a woman

Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman

I wonder why we take from our women

Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?

I think it’s time to kill for our women

Time to heal our women, be real to our women

And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies

That will hate the ladies, that make the babies

And since a man can’t make one

He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one

So will the real men get up

I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up”

- Tupac Shakur 

Always reblog this.

^

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babycakesbriauna:

amazingcynic:

micdotcom:

This is the answer to Barbie you’ve waited for — from the company you’d least expect

Last year alone, Doc McStuffins items amassed $500 million in sales and, this year, the franchise could become the all-time best-selling doll based on an African-American character, according to industry experts who spoke with the New York Times.

Who makes this unlikely doll Follow micdotcom 

All the little girls in my life love Doc McStuffins and they also have her toys. There’s not nearly enough of her going around.

You guys don’t understand how much I love Doc

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If I remember correctly

geejayeff:

thisisnotjapan:

there were still people defending Katy Perry, saying she’s not racist and she’s just “respecting the culture”… whatever that means. But idk I think she heard you and she’s trying to prove you wrong with this new music video titled “This Is How We Do” 

Here are some stills: image

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Keep in mind, there is A LOT of money going into this and NOTHING is here without there being specific purpose for it. You might still be saying “But, eri, those pictures aren’t racist! You’re reading to far into things!” and I would respond “okay… so let’s look at the lyrics” 

It includes such gems like: 

  • Now we talking astrology, getting our nails did, all Japanese-y
  • Straight stuntin’ yeah we do it like that
  • This is how we do, yeah, chilling, laid back

All in a terrible, terrible blaccent now recently very popular with the white female performers. Meanwhile, the video is being promoted like this: image

mmm. Amazing. I didn’t know that no eyebrows was a thing among the iggy azealias and the miley ciruses of the world, but if you want to look like a moldy tub of sour cream, be my guest.image

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 If you’re still defending her you need to do some soul-searching. 

Yeah her fuckery is escalating. It started at unfuckingacceptable and just got grosser. Ugh!

Never could stand her. It was always something about her that I never liked despite what some of my friends thought. This fuckery here is only confirmation.