museumofmodernerotica asked: Maybe this is a crazy question, but how did Europeans know what Africans looked like? I know that some of the paintings here are of North Africans/Middle Easterners, but others clearly depict people born south of the Sahara. I've heard of Prester John but I never imagined that medieval Europeans were aware that Prester John would have had brown skin. Am I missing something?
Like. There are a lot of things I could say here. But I’m just going to do my best to answer your question, and the answer is either very simple or very complicated, depending on your current point of view.
1. “They” knew what people with brown skin looked like because people with brown skin had been there literally THE ENTIRE TIME. Some (and father back, ALL) of “them” had brown skin themselves.
2. “People with Brown Skin” and “Europeans” are not separate and mutually exclusive groups.
3. No matter how far back you go, the mythical time that you’re looking for, when all-white, racially and culturally isolated Europe was “real”, will continue to recede from your grasp until it winkles out the like imaginary place it is.
We can just keep going back. In every area, from all walks of life, rich and poor, kings and peasants, artists and iconoclasts, before there were countries and continents, before there were white people.
Switzerland, c. 1800: [fixed link here]
Scotland, England, France, 1280s:
Greece, c. 1000:
Throughout Europe, 800s-500s:
England, c. 300 AD:
Scotland, c. 100 AD:
Italy, 79 AD:
Greece, 170 B.C.:
Greece, 300 B. C.:
Greece, 400s B.C.
Greece, 500s B.C.:
Egypt, 1200s B.C.:
Crete (Minoan), 1600 B.C.:
Crete (Minoan), early 2000s B.C.:
Romania, 34,000 B.C.:
The time when “EVERYONE” in Europe was White does not exist. They knew what people with brown skin looked like because they were there. They knew what “Africans” looked like because they were there, and they weren’t “they”, they were us, or you. I think what you’re missing is something that never existed.
- Some YT user regarding the Ghost in the Shell movie
Anime characters are Japanese unless stated otherwise or marked as non-Asian. This is usually done by given them a foreign name, an accent, differently drawn facial features…you know, exactly the same stuff done in the US.
Most anime are set in Japan or somewhere equivalent.
Most of the characters have Japanese names.
Most anime employ elements of Asian culture or mythology.
Ask the average person in Japan the ethnicity of those characters. It doesn’t matter that they code as white to YOU. They don’t make anime with you in mind. Do you honestly, seriously think that Japanese people have spent decades exclusively writing about/drawing white people? The level of narcissism that would require. Holy crap.
You really don’t think it’s whitewashing to potentially have a white chick play a character named Motoko Kusanagi? Holy crap, indeed.
Unless, of course, said white chick is the best actress for the job, amirite?