Today I talked to a lady that grew up in divided berlin and apparently got smuggled over the border from her granny’s in the east to her parents in the west in a bag and she was cool as hell.
like on the one hand that gives a vibe of like “people of color also lived in Europe, the Center of the World-Spirit, since time immemorial”
on the other hand theres also the whole thing about white people and poc did not exist until those categories were invented
Medieval poc is super outspoken about knowing that poc and white as categories did not exist in the period and talks very often about it (especially in the context of how people of colour in medieval art are often overlooked or whitewashed by contemporary historians because they weren’t depicted with otherised features like later periods). But they also know and talk about the fact that examining art history (and the way we’ve built it) through a critical lens of our current racial constructions is incredibly useful for both people of colour and people in general.
Today I accidentally smashed my computer, developed an agonising sinus infection, found out all the ingredients for dinner had gone bad and then smashed a beer all over my floor. I hate today, I hate this week.