LOL man.never forget white people did nothing first neither the best, they sleep and eat false propaganda,
Ugh, why the shit does that have to turn into a race thing? Why does EVERYTHING have to turn into a race thing?
Because life is a ‘race thing’, especially for poc.
Because, specifically, Columbus was an imperialistic, genocidal, piece of shit, and yet we still have a national holiday for him in America.
Because most kids are taught, sometimes up until college, that Columbus was this brave adventurer who ‘discovered’ a savage new land and just.. moved in. No mention of the slaughter of thousands of Native Americans, the erasure of entire cultures, or the subsequent enslavement and encampment of the refugees.
Finally, because non-white cultures’ achievements, which outpaced and outmatched white progress by centuries or more, are routinely glossed over or ignored completely.
Tumblr and the internet as a whole is a place where those things can be brought to light and commended for the feats they were, without poc having to fear the same consequences due to racism that they would have had to in real life after stating such things.
Tldr: because everything, especially historically, is about race.
My point was not to demean other cultures or to try and defend white culture itself. The age of white domination is changing, no one can deny that at all.
What I was getting at was simply why can’t we just look at something and appreciate it for the magnificent feat of human advancement that it is. These ships were put next to each other not to act like some kind of childish game of “mine’s bigger than yours,” they were put together to compare them. Featuring Columbus’ ship next to Zheng He’s is to give perspective to people who are otherwise ignorant, but would recognize the more well-known explorer’s vessel (though do not get me wrong, Columbus was a disgusting person and I will never feel he is deserving of any of the recognition he is given). The purpose is to enlighten those who do not know about such feats so they can better themselves and gain a broader perspective of the world and the people in it. The ships are shown together so that viewers can think “oh wow, I didn’t even know such things existed” and perhaps follow-up on that awe, learn more about other cultures, and share what they discover with others, and so on and so forth.
I ask again, why does it always have to be a race thing? The bitterness, violence, and hatred gets us nowhere, and doing nothing but looking back and focusing on all the wrongs that have been done doubly so.
But, as the saying goes, everyone’s a hypocrite. I should know, I guess, since I don’t go out marching and preaching about equality and all that stuff and spend my time quietly at home doing things that make me feel that life is worth living, like my art and raising my chickens and growing my own food.
Anyway, that’s all I’ll be saying on the matter (and I don’t know why I even posted anything in the first place, since I knew that someone would jump on the chance to respond to such a thing). I’m simply going to enjoy looking at pictures of beautiful ships on the side while I watch Mulan and continue whittling away at my commissions, deeply appreciating that I have had the good fortune in life to even enjoy such opportunities.
Hear, hear wingleader