Colonialism and the idea of the European superiority
Do you think that people give an undue amount of attention to European history/Art and the whole question of PoC presence in Europe is only relevant because the white supremacy made us think that the cultures of Europe are somehow superior to all others? I mean white supremacists do not care about their presence or absence in cultures they consider inferior to their own. In light of this, isn’t it better to elevate all other cultures then pay to much tribute to the Western one? We have been caring for it too much, a direct result of Imperalism/Colonialism…
Well, I see what you’re going for here and you have a point, but there are some issues I’d like to address.
Firstly, when I started this blog, the focus was actually much narrower than it is currently, because I assumed that there would be other blogs or resources very much like it. I was wrong, but that doesn’t change the fact that the focus is to reveal the influence and presence of people of color in European Art History, because they’ve been excluded, purposely, for a very long time.
I mean, I’m not really sure if you’re criticizing the content of this blog, or are more peeved that I’m not running the blog you think I should be running. I don’t think either option is necessarily “better” than the other. I chose the subject because it’s what I’m interested in, something I know a good deal about, and because I’m a lifelong fantasy nerd, Renfaire aficionado, tabletop gamer, RPG player, and pretty much that’s my thing.
Secondly, it really erases Europeans of color who’ve been living in Europe for centuries or millennia. That’s something I really just keep seeing over and over, that Europeans of color, no matter how long they’ve been living in Europe, are viewed as perpetually “foreigners”.
For example, what’s the culture of these German peasants?
That’s one of the main ideas behind this blog, is to change how we think about who “belongs” where, and why we think that. I’m trying to show how recent many of our ideas about race and racism really are, as well as shed some light on how it got to be this way.
The fact is, there are a good amount of other history and art history blogs out there, and like I’ve said before, I’ve expanded the scope on this one a few times. Heck, I might even do a themed week on the Mughal era Manuscripts in India or something cool like that. I’ve done long posts about fashion, ancient history, human migration, and the education system.
But to really address your question: you say it’s the idea of European superiority, but actually what is being addressed is white supremacy-and erasing contributions of people of color to European history and culture is a part of white supremacy.
So yes, a nuanced blog about world art, or African Art, or Asian Art, or American Art, or Australian Art, would be good as well, but not necessarily better. I think both are important.