Sometimes you’re just like, “These are the people that run my country!” Hi, I’m T1J, follow me on twitter.
So recently, Republican Congressman Steve King made the following comment on LIve TV: This guy gets to helps write our laws!
He was immediately accused of preaching white supremacy and being a racist. Which could
very well be true, or he could have just not phrased what we wanted to say very eloquently.
Whatever the case is, his statement was just wrong.
So Mr Congressman, you’re asking, “where are these contributions” from Non-White
People? Well, I’ll give you a couple examples. Now I’m just sort of gonna do a lightning round version of this, because many long books have been written about different cultures and their influence
on Western civilization, and it would be impossible to try and cover it all. But these are two of the most significant examples in my opinion. Ancient Chinese civilization is responsible for many important inventions, without which
our culture could not exist as we know it, including mechanical clocks, paper, cast iron,
gunpowder, seismographs, compasses, porcelain, silk fabric, and alcohol, shoutouts to the
Chinese. Even the fireworks that we Americans use as
a patriotric display of independence on the 4th of July was invented by the Chinese.
The ancient Chinese also made several important discoveries and advancements in various fields.
For example, It’s said that the Printing press played a key role in the development
of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment in Europe.
And its true that, Johannes Gutenberg, a german, invented the printing press. But the Ancient
Chinese invented printing. There was a period of time between the 8th
and 13th centuries known as the Islamic Golden Age, during which there was era of massive
innovation across many fields in the Islamic world. Some of these were upgrades of Chinese
and Greco-Roman ideas and some of them were brand new inventions and discoveries.
Muslims were instrumental in the advancement of mathematics, a Persian man named Muhammad
al-Khwarizmi is known as one of the fathers of algebra.
Muslims during this time were also early proponents of the scientific method, hundreds of years
before the idea was adopted by Europeans. Muslims proposed some of the first ideas about
human evolution, and a Persion astronomer was the first to discover what we now call
the Andromeda galaxy. The Islamic world is also responsible for
several things we use on a daily basis, like coffee and guitars, and other musical intstruments.
The advancements of the ancient Chinese and medieval Islamic world are two of most significant
examples of non-Europeans having a major affect on modern civilization, but there are countless
examples, like I said there’s tons of information about this out there.
Another problem with the congressman’s argument is that Europeans gained much of their influence
through war and imperialism. So white people can take credit for the advancements of other
cultures simply because that culture was dominated and absorbed by the Europeans.
There have been many great advancements in science and technology from people who live
in Europe and the United States, but whose culture does not originate there.
And if you want to go back the beginning, the very concepts of medicine and mathematics
and language and architechture can be traced back to prehistoric Middle Eastern and African culture.
Much of what later societies contributed was just a reintroduction of ideas that have existed
for millennia. I don’t diminish the advancements of the
West, The West invented the internet, and for that I am eternally grateful.
But we can’t talk about the legacy of Europeans without also bringing up the massive amount
of torture and bloodshed that they caused to get where we are today. If Steve King wants
to talk about how great white people have been to history, he’s gonna have to tiptoe
over a lot of dead people. So I dunno if this guys a racist, but I do
know that he’s a lawmaker, and it’s very trouble that there’s a guy in one of the
most ethnically diverse countries on Earth with such ignorantly Eurocentric view of history,
that has a say on what laws get passed. Yeah, that’s a problem.