"Vestige" // 14" x 20" // Watercolor, Acrylic, and Mica Powder on Watercolor Paper Panel
This will be a part of the 2nd annual PRISMA Artist Collective show coming up in a couple of weeks at WWA gallery. For purchase inquiries, please get in touch with the gallery!
|—||Voltaire, Essay on Tolerance|
Good Afternoon Anon. How are you today? :) I am not really sure why you sent me this dear one, but I will try to address your points.
White people did not “steal” the concept of slavery from anyone. All races developed the idea on their own independent from one another, which is why the Native Americans had slaves without having had contact with whites or blacks or Asians. All races owned slaves and all races have had slaves of people their own race and other races. I think the two biggest fallacies concerning slavery where white people are concerned are 1. The idea that white people were never slaves. They were, not only to other white people but they were slaves of other races as well. In fact, white Irish slaves in America were considered of lesser value than black slaves and were treated accordingly. and 2. The idea that white people were landing on the African coast and scooping up free black people with butterfly nets. Whites did not go to Africa and capture slaves, they went and bought slaves that were already slaves to African tribes who had conquered them. The slaves in America where already slaves in Africa. But I digress, we did not steal the concept of slavery, we came up with it on our own, just like everybody else. (We were the first to abolish it though.)
Its the same with displacing other populations, white people did it through colonization, but all races did it. There is a reason you have probably never heard of the Mound People of the SE United States. Its because the Cherokees came in, wiped them out and took over the area. White people are villainized for it simply because they were so very good at it, but its not that white people were eviler or greedier than other races, they had merely come up with the technology to be able to do adeptly and on a large scale what all people around the world were also doing. Had any other race had the same ability I have no doubt they would have done the same thing. It was the mindset of the time.
Twerking as best as I can tell is a simplistic form of mating ritual being called a dance, ballet is an intricate form of art that takes years of dedicated practice to not only perform but choreograph. The two should not even be remotely compared.
I don’t feel ashamed of my ancestors. Why should I? The “bad” things they did, everyone did, and the great things they did are pretty dang amazing and besides without them there would be no me. I assume you are overall referring to white guilt but knowing history and having common sense it is not a sensation I have ever experienced.
Have a nice night Anon.
Why shouldn’t I be? I can think of nothing about being white or a girl that should make me lack confidence. :)
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946)
And sadly they are dying out. This did make me think as well, I have never seen a blonde hair/green eye combination (I mean green, green, not hazel)