Wowwwww. That’s both horrible and untrue on several levels.
A quick roundup with sources.
I’m not interested in entertaining “debates” on whether or not Beethoven was “actually” Black; this is a 200-level blog in which I address *why* this sort of thing is still even considered debatable. From the above article:
Unfortunately, the European oppressors, colonialists, and imperialists who instituted a universal system based on color superiority and color inferiority, falsifying and suppressing evidence to exalt one people and debase another have made it matter.Such perpetration of academic theft was based on color, which makes color a major consideration in the imperative of seeking academic justice for the people whose great and noble past was stolen and hidden from them to prevent their aspiring to a great and noble present and future.
Sounds a lot like the purpose of this blog, does it not?
We have all been fed false information for reasons previously mentioned. It is no secret that scholars, writers, critics, advertisers and Hollywood have changed history for their own specific reasons. What is uniquely different in the intellectual landscape, people of color now have an army of sophisticated scholars to combat the continuation and dissemination of false information that has been accepted as standard, as well as the canon in academia.
It is hoped that the revealing of this information will motivate others to critically look at all data flowing in their brains for authenticity. Hollywood is notorious for changing facts. It is in no way suggested that we should hate Hollywood or the publishers of history text books, but we should hold them accountable for disseminating inaccurate depictions, especially when it changes the course of history, by which our children are influenced.
The point being that I receive so many messages from people from whom the truth has been hidden, who have had painful experiences like these, and who are now trying to find some truth to hold on to.
It’s too important for us to turn our faces away.
Although (if I have any beef with this article) as someone who makes accessible textbooks for a living, I will admit to hating “the publishers of textbooks” just a little.