It is time to rewrite history. For far too long we have been reading books written by Caucasian men who clearly changed the meanings of words to suit their own agenda. Who was the first person to people in racial categories? Who wrote the American dictionary that we use and teach our children to use year after year. How many versions of the dictionary were made and destroyed? These are all relevant questions to ask if you want to wake up and retrain your brain and knowledge base of the world around you. I have been reading books from other countries and some lesser known books from American authors that describe certain events and people in history much differently than I was taught in school. Before I really begin I would like to say please go back to your dictionaries and read them again. Look for all meanings of words, like where the word originated, usage of the word and learn when the meaning of the word changed to what we know it as today. Earlier I asked a question about racial categories and now I’d like to return to that thought. Me as an Indigenous American have struggled many years with race. The people in America like to call us “Black” or “African American “ but black is a color not a race and my ancestors did not come from Africa so neither of those terms are appropriate in describing my race and who I am. I would like all of you to start your new understanding by researching brunette, swarthy, ruddy and tawny. All of these words were at one point in time used to describe the physical appearance of people. These words were used to describe complexion. These words are colors. Many of you may think that brunette was used to describe hair color but it was not, they used words like dark and light to describe hair and eyes. If you are reading a book and the words swarthy, brunette, and tawny the they are referring to the color of a person’s skin and that person would like me and my ancestors. There are books in which Michaelangelo was described as a short swarthy man and they were not talking about his swag! They were saying he was a “Black Man”. In the journeys of so called Christopher Columbus he described the natives he saw on in the Americas as wooly haired and swarthy. We need to do the research ourselves and rewrite history so that it reflects the real truth! If you want to delve into topics like this and other topics to become “Woke” the check out my dude Dane Calloway or KMZ History on YouTube. Do me a favor… please… look up the word ruddy and then look at images of animals that are described as ruddy, it doesn’t match the image portrayed in the definition. I’m just saying.
The Racial Divide
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Writer and spoken word artist. I love to write poetry and short stories, my first two books are books of poetry. I am also a visual artist, wood and metal sculpting, as well as drawing and painting. I've worked in the food industry over 15 years so eating is my hobby. I hope to bring you a fresh and colorful voice on the arts and culinary worlds. View more posts