Anonymous said: Ok. Maybe cleopatra wasn't a 100% black, but what bothers you so much about people claiming so?? Yet not a word when other historical figures of colour are white washed??
Don’t come at me like I’m some salty white person, you fucking meatball. Historical erasure and media/cultural whitewashing are huge issues for my people, and anyone who’s followed me for even a minute knows that I regularly say a hell of a lot more than just *A* word on that subject and constantly deal with racist backlash from it.
I’m not bothered by the idea that Cleopatra may have been a person of color. I’m bothered by the claim that she was definitively and obviously black "because she lived IN AFRICA." Bit of a difference. See, most importantly, the assertion being made there is the exact same “logic” that white people constantly use to justify the exclusion, erasure, and whitewashing of PoC from historical narratives, especially European ones. Perpetuating it in one context perpetuates it in others, and I’m not here for it.
And it’s an assertion that’s totally ignorant of historical fact. Cleopatra was a member of the imperialist, Macedonian Greek dynasty that invaded and colonized Egypt and spent 300+ years practicing dedicated royal inbreeding specifically because they subscribed to a type of proto-racism that dictated they were—by nature of being Greek—superior and more suited to rule than any of the native peoples. That doesn’t at all rule out the possibility that she was a Greek poc or of mixed heritage (because race is a social construct that didn’t exist until 1500 years after her death), but it does absolutely rule out what the “because she lived IN AFRICA” people are implying.
I don’t believe in giving ignorance a free pass simply because it’s well-meaning. And it’s for that reason I gotta tell you: fuck off.
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