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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged colonialism

Mar 31 '14

the-real-goddamazon:

mewiet:

deadlightsgirl:

squid-flexxin:

yourheteronormativityisshowing:

a-raf:

haramipakistani:

voltisubito:

Who the fuck named the Sahara Desert anyway

Sahara is just the Arabic word for “deserts”

You fucking named it the Desert Desert

way to fucking go

probably a white person

same goes with “Chai Tea”

and “Naan bread”

LOLOLOL

Disney does it too - Simba means “lion”. It’s like naming your kid “human”.

Don’t forget Lake Tahoe.

Lmfaoooo

Mar 28 '14
reverseracism:

theblacknationalist:

konsciousmoor:

No other cultural sculptures had the noses removed time and time again by those who took that area over. It ain’t some “The nose was the easiest thing to steal” bs either.

more like, we don’t want you to know how wide that nose was…

The Egyptians were black. The reason that the current Egyptians living there look middle eastern is the same reason why we have white people in America.
COLONIZATION.
Explain to me why every civilization in the world could build a steady nose on a sculpture, but the Egyptians couldn’t?
It doesn’t make any sense. If they can build the pyramids they can build a nose, i often find it sad how far the Europeans have gone to preserve their white supremacist ideologies while destroying African history.

reverseracism:

theblacknationalist:

konsciousmoor:

No other cultural sculptures had the noses removed time and time again by those who took that area over. It ain’t some “The nose was the easiest thing to steal” bs either.

more like, we don’t want you to know how wide that nose was…

The Egyptians were black. The reason that the current Egyptians living there look middle eastern is the same reason why we have white people in America.

COLONIZATION.

Explain to me why every civilization in the world could build a steady nose on a sculpture, but the Egyptians couldn’t?

It doesn’t make any sense. If they can build the pyramids they can build a nose, i often find it sad how far the Europeans have gone to preserve their white supremacist ideologies while destroying African history.

Mar 11 '14
ami-angelwings:

medievalpoc:

doublehamburgerjack:

frantzfandom:

deux-zero-deux:

wtf-fun-factss:

Traces of coca and nicotine found in Egyptian mummies - WTF fun facts

well DUH. a lot of historians are still trying to process the fact that ancient egyptians knew how to build boats, which is ridiculous. why would they not be seafarers and explorers?

this is not new or surprising information at all. it pretty much day one of any african-american studies course.
the egyptians knew that if they put their boats in front of the summer storm winds it’d blow them right across the sea to the Americas and they shared that with the greeks.

It’s really hard for people to understand that everyone had boats, exploration, and trade interactions without the same level of murder, colonization, and violence that the Europeans did. It’s really hard for people to get that.

An 11,000 year old Iroqious boat.
A whole book about Ancient Egyptian Maritime technology and culture.
Scientists “shocked” to discover that humanity casually traveled the seas over 100,000 years ago.
The Sea-Craft of Prehistory (book; Eurocentric as heck)
Humans traveling long distances by sea and deep=sea fishing for c. 42,000 years
The Dufuna Canoe, Africa’s oldest surviving boat, is 8,000 years old (Nigeria)
A fleet of 5,000-year-old boats in Abydos, Egypt
7,000-year-old seaworthy vessels in Kuwait
7,500-year-old boat found in China’s Zhejiang Province. 
Scientific Evidence for Pre-Columbian Transoceanic Voyages (273 pages-for the hardcore only!):

The only plausible explanation for these findings is that a considerable number of transoceanic voyages in both directions across both major oceans were completed between the 7th millennium BC and the European age of discovery. Our growing knowledge of early maritime technology and its accomplishments gives us confidence that vessels and nautical skills capable of these long-distance travels were developed by the times indicated. These voyages put a new complexion on the extensive Old World/New World cultural parallels that have long been controversial.


This is important for the knowledge/history aspect, but also because of what was said above, that exploration/seafaring/technological advancement does not automatically mean conquest, colonization, and genocide.  It’s one of those myths that an annoyingly large amount of people pass around to justify white supremacy: that everybody wants to conquer and wipe out everybody else, and that white people just got the technology and exploration level up first to do it.  They like this myth for several reasons: 1) it frames genocide, slavery, conquest, etc, as natural results of human development, SOMEBODY would have eventually done it regardless 2) it frames evil acts as “human nature”, it implies that the victims of those acts would have done them if they could, and that the people doing it were only acting on “nature” 3) it implies that because white people did these things therefore white people must have had the highest technological level and 4) because white people had the highest technological level therefore white people deserved their place in the world as conquerers and colonizers and enslavers.
Of course none of this is true, but it’s something our society likes to believe and the narrative is distributed through “common knowledge” and through our media, where non-white cultures in “historical” dramas are framed as “primitive” or warlike or both, and all the various dystopia fiction where “the oppressed become the oppressors” and what not (i.e. everybody wants to conquer everybody else, so SOMEBODY has to be on top).

White people stay late to Everything
Science & exploration =/= conquest & oppression ugh yes THIS endless justification of shit by white Europeans/settlers whining how they ‘don’t support genocide, [they] just beat everyone else to the punch’. Such white supremacist erasure of the humanity and ingenuity of conquered & non-Western peoples conveniently limits our notions of human innovation to something as disgustingly wasteful and warlike as our colonizers, so we often feel driven to hate humanity when really we should just be hating white people Goddamn it’s hard to fight an enemy with outposts in your head. HATS OFF to previous commenter, you see deeply into the heart of whiteness X

ami-angelwings:

medievalpoc:

doublehamburgerjack:

frantzfandom:

deux-zero-deux:

wtf-fun-factss:

Traces of coca and nicotine found in Egyptian mummies - WTF fun facts

well DUH. a lot of historians are still trying to process the fact that ancient egyptians knew how to build boats, which is ridiculous. why would they not be seafarers and explorers?

this is not new or surprising information at all. it pretty much day one of any african-american studies course.

the egyptians knew that if they put their boats in front of the summer storm winds it’d blow them right across the sea to the Americas and they shared that with the greeks.

It’s really hard for people to understand that everyone had boats, exploration, and trade interactions without the same level of murder, colonization, and violence that the Europeans did. It’s really hard for people to get that.

An 11,000 year old Iroqious boat.

A whole book about Ancient Egyptian Maritime technology and culture.

Scientists “shocked” to discover that humanity casually traveled the seas over 100,000 years ago.

The Sea-Craft of Prehistory (book; Eurocentric as heck)

Humans traveling long distances by sea and deep=sea fishing for c. 42,000 years

The Dufuna Canoe, Africa’s oldest surviving boat, is 8,000 years old (Nigeria)

A fleet of 5,000-year-old boats in Abydos, Egypt

7,000-year-old seaworthy vessels in Kuwait

7,500-year-old boat found in China’s Zhejiang Province.

Scientific Evidence for Pre-Columbian Transoceanic Voyages (273 pages-for the hardcore only!):

The only plausible explanation for these findings is that a considerable number of transoceanic voyages in both directions across both major oceans were completed between the 7th millennium BC and the European age of discovery. Our growing knowledge of early maritime technology and its accomplishments gives us confidence that vessels and nautical skills capable of these long-distance travels were developed by the times indicated. These voyages put a new complexion on the extensive Old World/New World cultural parallels that have long been controversial.


This is important for the knowledge/history aspect, but also because of what was said above, that exploration/seafaring/technological advancement does not automatically mean conquest, colonization, and genocide.  It’s one of those myths that an annoyingly large amount of people pass around to justify white supremacy: that everybody wants to conquer and wipe out everybody else, and that white people just got the technology and exploration level up first to do it.  They like this myth for several reasons: 1) it frames genocide, slavery, conquest, etc, as natural results of human development, SOMEBODY would have eventually done it regardless 2) it frames evil acts as “human nature”, it implies that the victims of those acts would have done them if they could, and that the people doing it were only acting on “nature” 3) it implies that because white people did these things therefore white people must have had the highest technological level and 4) because white people had the highest technological level therefore white people deserved their place in the world as conquerers and colonizers and enslavers.

Of course none of this is true, but it’s something our society likes to believe and the narrative is distributed through “common knowledge” and through our media, where non-white cultures in “historical” dramas are framed as “primitive” or warlike or both, and all the various dystopia fiction where “the oppressed become the oppressors” and what not (i.e. everybody wants to conquer everybody else, so SOMEBODY has to be on top).

White people stay late to Everything

Science & exploration =/= conquest & oppression ugh yes THIS endless justification of shit by white Europeans/settlers whining how they ‘don’t support genocide, [they] just beat everyone else to the punch’. Such white supremacist erasure of the humanity and ingenuity of conquered & non-Western peoples conveniently limits our notions of human innovation to something as disgustingly wasteful and warlike as our colonizers, so we often feel driven to hate humanity when really we should just be hating white people Goddamn it’s hard to fight an enemy with outposts in your head. HATS OFF to previous commenter, you see deeply into the heart of whiteness X

Mar 11 '14
Mar 6 '14

atane:

the-uncensored-she:

redphilistine:

wonderous-world:

Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake. Africa was her home for many years and Tippi became friends with the ferocious animals and tribes people of Namibia. Parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert documented Tippi’s life and relationships with the African wildlife and transformed those moments into captivating books and movies. Tippi of Africa, published in 1998, told Tippi’s story of she and her parents. You can see more photos and videos here.

"Born in Africa" yes she was born on the entire continent all at once

"grew up in the African desert" there is only one desert in Africa and it doesn’t have a name, so everyone refers to it as the African desert

"Africa was her home" THE ENTIRE CONTINENT

"ferocious animals and tribes people of Namibia" ooh ferocious animals AND tribes people? how exotic! but at least we’ve nailed down a country

"African wildlife" she was besties with all the animals on the continent

"Tippi of Africa" i’m done

smdh. Oh white people…

This “Tippi of Africa” child has been making the rounds on facebook, and what I found revolting was how “cute” people thought the whole thing was. White people fawning over nonsense like this is no surprise. This type of Tarzan/George of the Jungle, Africa is the land of ferocious tribes and beasts appeals to white people who aren’t interested in understanding any aspect of Africa as a continent or the people in it. They prefer colonial fantasies full of wild, ferocious things which describe both the people and the creatures in their minds.

The rub is that no matter how fierce and ferocious those people and beasts are, they must yield to whiteness. Their ferociousness is tamed when whiteness invades their space. In fact, these wild creatures want nothing more than to bond with whiteness. Why even an African hunter is teaching the child his ferocious tactics in the bush, like he is imparting wisdom to the next generation. Naturally, Tippi is next in line to control the reins of the bush. Recognize the symbolism in that. It’s usually presented this way. These otherwise ferocious creatures all want to be friends with this white person who has invaded their space. No one asked Tippi to be there, but they are grateful for her presence. She enriched their otherwise savage lives by bonding with them. It is presented as sweet and endearing, when it is the height of exploitation. To someone with a colonialist mindset, this is cute and wholesome.

I’ve come to expect this type of thing from white people who take jaunts in Africa. Even when they intend to be respectful and reverential, they end up being paternalistic and they will fall back to reductive depictions of Africa because a reductive Africa works in their best interests. A multifaceted and nuanced Africa is of no benefit to them. White people won’t read a book about Tippi respecting Africans, her parents not referring to her as “Tippi of Africa”, and not referring to the specific place she was raised as the “the African Desert”, or putting the poor child in danger by raising her with wild animals. They want savages and wild animals. They always otherize Africa and Africans. When one thinks this way, Africa becomes a monolithic land mass, and they will say things like “the African Desert”, as if there is just one, or like it makes sense. That kind of statement can only be uttered by someone with a colonialist mindset.

If you produce work like “Tippi of Africa” or think this type of thing is in any way honorable, then you don’t respect Africans or recognize their full humanity. Africa and Africans are the playthings in this fantasy. Africa and all it entails is merely a backdrop for this child’s parents to carry out their colonialist fantasies via their child. Not only is it highly disrespectful to Africa and Africans, this whole ordeal is child abuse. Tippi didn’t come out of the womb asking to fraternize with wild animals. They put this little girl in grave danger. For what? Pictures? Books? Movies? They ought to be ashamed of using their child in this manner.

Mar 2 '14
descentintotyranny:

Through the 1950s, Africans and Native Americans Were Kept In Zoos As Exhibits
Feb. 13 2014
Throughout the late 19th century, and well into the 1950′s, Africans and in some cases Native Americans, were kept as exhibits in zoos. Far from a relic from an unenlightened past, remnants of such exhibits have continued in Europe as late as the 2000′s.

Throughout the early 20th century, Germany held what was termed a, “Peoples Show,” or Völkerschau. Africans were brought in as carnival or zoo exhibits for passers-by to gawk at.
Only decades before, in the late 1800′s, Europe had been filled with, “human zoos,” in cities like Paris, Hamburg, Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Milan, and Warsaw. New York too saw these popular exhibits continue into the 20th century. There was an average of 200,000 to 300,000 visitors who attended each exhibition in each city.
Carl Hagenbeck of Germany ran exhibits of what he called, “purely natural,” populations, usually East Asian Islanders, but in 1876, he also sent a collaborator to the Sudan to bring back, “wild beasts and Nubians.” The traveling Nubian exhibit was a huge success in cities like Paris, London, and Berlin.
The World’s Fair, in 1889 was visited by 28 million people, who lined up to see 400 indigenous people as the major attraction. The 1900 World’s Fair followed suit, as did the Colonial Exhibitions in Marseilles (1906 and 1922) and in Paris (1907 and 1931) which displayed naked or semi-naked humans in cages. Paris saw 34 million people attend their exhibition in six months alone.
Just four years shy of the 20th century, the Cincinnati Zoo kept one hundred Sioux Native Americans in a mock village at the zoo for three months.
Read More

descentintotyranny:

Through the 1950s, Africans and Native Americans Were Kept In Zoos As Exhibits

Feb. 13 2014

Throughout the late 19th century, and well into the 1950′s, Africans and in some cases Native Americans, were kept as exhibits in zoos. Far from a relic from an unenlightened past, remnants of such exhibits have continued in Europe as late as the 2000′s.

Throughout the early 20th century, Germany held what was termed a, “Peoples Show,” or Völkerschau. Africans were brought in as carnival or zoo exhibits for passers-by to gawk at.

Only decades before, in the late 1800′s, Europe had been filled with, “human zoos,” in cities like Paris, Hamburg, Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Milan, and Warsaw. New York too saw these popular exhibits continue into the 20th century. There was an average of 200,000 to 300,000 visitors who attended each exhibition in each city.

Carl Hagenbeck of Germany ran exhibits of what he called, “purely natural,” populations, usually East Asian Islanders, but in 1876, he also sent a collaborator to the Sudan to bring back, “wild beasts and Nubians.” The traveling Nubian exhibit was a huge success in cities like Paris, London, and Berlin.

The World’s Fair, in 1889 was visited by 28 million people, who lined up to see 400 indigenous people as the major attraction. The 1900 World’s Fair followed suit, as did the Colonial Exhibitions in Marseilles (1906 and 1922) and in Paris (1907 and 1931) which displayed naked or semi-naked humans in cages. Paris saw 34 million people attend their exhibition in six months alone.

Just four years shy of the 20th century, the Cincinnati Zoo kept one hundred Sioux Native Americans in a mock village at the zoo for three months.

Read More

Feb 25 '14
"'You begin to liquidate a people,' Hiibl said, 'by taking away its memory. You destroy its books, its culture, its history. And then others write other books for it, give another culture to it, invent another history for it. Then the people slowly begins to forget what it is and what it was. The world at large forgets it still faster.'"
Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (via levantineviper)
Feb 22 '14

saltysojourn:

Follow this link to find a short clip and analysis that considers intersections of privilege and colonialism.

#White Savior Industrial Complex
(if anyone knows the cartoonist, please let me know! the only souce I could find was uncredited)

Feb 18 '14

queerandpresentdanger:

so in the trailer for 300: rise of an empire a white dude says “we chose to die on our feet rather than live in our knees” (1:38), an appropriation of a statement originally made by mexican revolutionary emiliano zapata, whose historical importance will now only be further obscured and diluted by this whitewashing

cool, thanks

Feb 18 '14

kamariesson:

quickweaves:

White people destroyed 3/4s of the world for spices and have the nerve not to season their food.

Done