blueklectic:

Shit just got real #sheamoisture
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Goodbye July
Hello August
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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? 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: Switzerland, c. 1800:  [fixed link here] Netherlands, 1658: Poland, 1539: Germany, 1480s: Spain, 1420s: France, 1332: Scotland, England, France, 1280s: France, 1220s: England, 1178: Belgium, 1084: Greece, c. 1000: Spain, 850s: Throughout Europe, 800s-500s: England, c. 300 AD: Scotland, c. 100 AD: Italy, 79 AD: Greece, 170 B.C.: Greece, 300 B. C.: Greece, 400s B.C. Greece, 500s B.C.: Egypt, 1200s B.C.: Crete (Minoan), 1600 B.C.: Crete (Minoan), early 2000s B.C.: Romania, 34,000 B.C.: 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.

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?

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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naturalprose:

She looks exactly like those generic hair model dolls at the beauty supply store around my house. GOOD FUCKIN LORD.

She looks like when you were first learning how to cornrow & you tried it on your My Little Pony or Treasure Troll.She looks like when you first got permission to buy Lee’s press-on nails, and you weren’t sure how to apply them.She looks like when you fuck up and shave off ya eyebrows the first time, and put vaseline & lipgloss on your lids cuz you’re not allowed to wear eyeshadow.She looks like when R.Kelly was adding extensions to his hair cuz ol’ boy ain’t have no hang time to his braids.She looks like someone used a stencil and colored in her “baby hair.”She looks like somebody’s white Aunt Myrtle who dates Black men half her age and tries to keep up with the teen slang.She looks a hot fucking mess, a HOT fucking mess. I don’t even wanna hear “let her try something new.” no. Get her ass out the paint.
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