ignorance is bliss
I absolutely love this. It’s real. It’s a simple cartoon that explains the truth.
The things that Black people (or any minority) have tend to get “whitened.”
Very few notes, because only some very bold white people would actually reblog.
Yes, learning about this right now in my global societies class.
Let’s just discuss how fucking accurate this is, shall we?
“History is written by the victors” - attributed to Winston Churchill
“History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN.” -
Great. Check. Got it. But god DAMN it history is also whitewashed as FUCK.
What is whitewashing, you ask?
whitewashing present participle of white·wash (Verb)
- Paint (a wall, building, or room) with whitewash.
- Try to clear (someone or their name) by deliberately concealing their mistakes or faults.
We are very obviously look at the second definition - which is fucked because why the Hell is it definition #2?
Essentially, we’re discussing it as it applies to history ignoring, erasing, or editing the roles of POC.
“History is all old dead white guys” people whine. “It’s boring.”
History is NOT boring but people turning it into Wonder Bread and Mayo certainly is. And unfortunately that is exactly what centuries of cishet white males (hey, sorry to my cishet white male audience - I’m sure you’re personally lovely people but you’ve got a lot of privilege going on and people like you have skewed things towards other people like you for generations, and that’s just a fact; the quicker you acknowledge that and move on the quicker this explanation will make some impact #TruthHurts) have done.
Reading a typical high school (or even college) textbook, you’d easily think that POC had no bearing on history. This is NOT FUCKING TRUE. POC were definitely there - fucking hell there was an entire goddamn WORLD beyond fucking Europe where things happened and massive changes went down…
but you don’t fucking know about it because Western schools don’t teach it.
It’s bullshit and it’s bad for you.
The people writing the books didn’t give a fuck about POC. So they didn’t include them. POC are STILL considered “supplemental” studies in the field of history. Because the alleged “main” or “master copy” of history is about old dead fuckin’ white guys.
Grendel will now assign you some homework. Read these:
You think this isn’t a modern problem? You think we’re living in a post-racial society? We’re not. And The problem of whitewashing and erasure is only going to continue if we don’t stop it.
Which is exactly why it’s up to the newer generation of historians to post-modernize the FUCK out of the field and change this stupid bullshit. It is essential that everyone who made history (i.e. everyone) be included in the retelling.
So how is that going to happen? How can you help. CALL THEM ON IT. Make your blog posts, spread awareness, educate yourself. Speak up in class. Protest bullshit laws and attempts to squash POC history - like the one in Arizona. Research on your own and prove to people that this has value. Get your ass involved. Question fucking EVERYTHING. Argue! This is bullshit and you should always call bullshit by its name.
Don’t stand for this garbage. Don’t let them bleach out your brain, and don’t put up with bleaching history.