The all-white reinvention of Medieval Europe commonly depicted in popular fiction, films, tv shows and art is entirely that: a fiction. An invention. An erasure. Obviously, people of color have been an essential and integral part of European life, European art, and European literary imagination since time immemorial. To cite “historical accuracy” as a means to project whitewashed images of the past into the future to maintain a fiction of white supremacy is an unconscionable farce.
People of Color are not an anachronism.
Remember, if a historian doesn’t think black people were in Europe before the modern age as anything but slaves DON’T TRUST THEM AS HISTORIANS.
If this blog has a moral, this is probably it.
And not only Black people; there were also Native Americans in Holland as early as 60 B.C.E.
And also the Mongolian Empire and the Silk Road existed.
But, you know. What are facts?
Do you know the original source(s) regarding Native Americans in Holland? Because, unfortunately, popular history can be full of rumor, with one author offering a speculative interpretation, and another citing it as fact. Shannon cites Loewen, and Loewen is more than aware of this, but I don’t have a copy of Loewen’s work to see who he cites.
Well, this question has a complex answer.
There’s some racist white guy here who decided to do a “HA I DEBUNK U!!!” blog post about it, and keeps using the word “Afrocentrics!!!!!!” and “Native American Activists!!!!!” as ad hominem attacks on the sources used.
Speaking of ad hominem attacks, his d00d is apparently in love with virulent racist H. P. Lovecraft's work and mainly writes about “Xenoarcheology”, which is basically the *ahem* “study” of “POC didn’t build the pyramids, ALIENS DID!!!!!”.
Anyhow, the bottom line is, there is a specific trail of sources for the claim made in the book, and while interpretations of the evidence vary, the evidence is THERE to interpret.
P.S. anyone who yells “Afrocentrist!” as a means of somehow discrediting someone is pretty much on my “ignore” list. FYI. A lot of people say the same thing about me.
I mean, you can believe Pliny, or you can believe the above d00sh who worships the guy who wrote On the Creation of N*****s and thinks it’s more likely aliens built the pyramids than people of color had pyramid-building technology before white people.
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING: history and its interpretation does not exist outside of the context of the people writing it. No one is “objective”. Everyone is accountable.