Anonymous asked: Can you explain why Europeans were much more technologically advanced than the indigenous populations of Africa? I mean, these cultures hadn't even invented sewage systems, which is something the Romans were able to design and implement in 800-735 BC (a long fucking time before "the white man" colonized it)... I mean fuck, without "the white man", they would probably still be in the fucking bronze age.
I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.
The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?
I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?
Your magical (read: white supremacist) idea of a purely 'white' Rome never existed.
The Minoan culture on the island of Crete between 1500-1700 B.C.E. had a highly developed waste management system. They had very advanced plumbing and designed places to dispose of organic wastes. Knossos, the capital city, had a central courtyard with baths that were filled and emptied using terra-cotta pipes. This piping system is similar to techniques used today. They had large sewers built of stone.”
In case you needed further clarification, neither the Minoans nor other (later) Greeks were ethnically uniform. They also had the first flush toilets, dating back to 18th century B.C.E. They had flushing toilets, with wooden seats and an overhead reservoir. The Minoan royals were the last group to use flushing toilets until the re-development of that technology in 1596.
Oh, and look the Mayans had indoor plumbing, acqueducts, and pressurized water too. I mean, you can ignore that the area Mayans lived in had little to few rivers, no lakes or standing water, nor other sources of running water, while simultaneously dealing with monsoons and flooding due to one of the heaviest yearly rainfalls in the Americas.
Classic Maya even used household water filters using locally abundant limestone carved into a porous cylinder, made so as to work in a manner strikingly similar to modern ceramic water filters.
Of course, by this time millenia later none of your precious “white people” had developed any methods besides shitting in pots.Continuing, the earliest archaeological record of an advanced system of drainage comes from the Indus Valley Civilization from around 3100 B.C.E in what is now Pakistan and North India. By 2500 B.C.E (almost 5,000 years ago), highly developed drainage system where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which lined the major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.It was made from bricks smoothened and joined together seamlessly. The expert masonry kept the sewer watertight. Drops at regular intervals acted like an automatic cleaning device.
Filters for solid waste.Sorry, what were the British doing up until like, 200 years ago? Shitting in the streets? Oh yeah.I mean, I could get into how by the Shang Dynasty (roughly 1600 B.C.E.), China had sophisticated plumbing including pressure inverted siphons.
Or into the city of Amarna, Ancient Egypt. Or Persepolis, Persia and the Achaemenids in 600 B.C.E.But, I mean, it sounds like the only one still in the Bronze Age is you.
I love it when people bring facts to white supremacist logic.
let’s talk about microagressions, shall we? and while we’re at it, let’s talk about antisemitism.
so whenever homosexuality + the judeochristian bible comes up, there’s always a particular set of comments:
bible thumper: “but leviticus 18:22 and 20:13!”
"liberal" christian: "but the new testament! we don’t follow that old archaic set of rules anymore! they’re violent and outdated and the new testament is all about peaceeeeee”
except you know who does follow the old testament
jews follow it
that’s pretty widely known, actually. so by saying that you think the old testament is violent and wrong in order to defend your new testament, you are deflecting criticism onto my religion for the sake of proving your point
- i don’t need my culture and belief system to be the scapegoat so you can feel better about your religion, stop
- that was a mistranslation of the original bible passage, which still could be interpreted that way, but is vague enough that it might not be about that at all. and it’s widely acknowledged to be an ambiguous passage with multiple meanings (in the original hebrew version, anyway)
- not all religious jews are homophobes. in fact there are many widespread movements across all stripes of the judaism rainbow (see what i did there) that exist to promote tolerance and equality for all sexual orientations and gender identities. also judaism has textual discussions of this as an issue in a number of our holy books, many of them even, because it is acknowledged that not only is this something worthy of discussion but it is a legitimate human rights issue that needs to be examined. the conversation about homosexuality in judaism has been going on for thousands of years. could we do better? yes. so could everyone. but i’m so done with the idea that to validate your holy book you gotta trash mine.
(i’m not denying that judaism has its fair share of homophobes- just like every other type of human there are inevitably bigots in the group. and yeah, ours yell about leviticus too.)
people act like antisemitism isn’t even a thing anymore. like, the holocaust ended. no one is forced to work on saturdays anymore. obviously antisemitism has been solved, get over it (gee why does this sound familiar). well let me tell you something, friend. antisemitism is alive and well, and not just as microagressions. i have dealt with it my whole life. so if you could please stop contributing to it i’d be really grateful thanks.
I find it strange that Christians expect everyone, even non-Christians, to follow these rules according to their interpretation, but these same Christians sit around and eat pig and shellfish while they’re at it. This is just hypocritical.
Whereas Jews, even the most hard core ultra-Orthodox ones, don’t expect non-Jews to follow the Torah.
It’s not just deflecting onto Jewish religion and culture, it’s not just a gross misunderstanding of what the actual tenant is or might be, it’s not just appropriative, it’s literally blaming the Jews for Christian homophobia.
Christians need to own their shit.