never forget white people did nothing first neither the best, they sleep and eat false propaganda,
Ugh, why the shit does that have to turn into a race thing? Why does EVERYTHING have to turn into a race thing?
because white people have made sure that everything is about race
as proved by the fact that when you say explorer, you think of a bunch of white guys walking the world and discovering it ~exotic wonders~ even though Zheng He travelled through Asia, to the Middle East, and even East Africa. But you’d likely never heard of him before.
Same reason you never heard of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, an Arab traveller who, as early as the 10th century, went to the Volga area for diplomatic reasons. He wrote about it, much as Marco Polo would do later for his own travels, and is one of our sources on what viking were like (and by all accounts, he wrote about them more accurately than western scholars of the same period did)
Oh, or Ibn Battuta who travelled throughout Africa long before europeans did, and even went to Europe himself.
And that’s just some example of Muslim medieval travel writers
Everything is about race because white people keep telling everyone that their race is the only one who every got anything done.
So I totally agree with the whole European/White bias in the teaching of exploration, and all that jazz.
My question here though is: why is Zheng He’s boat being bigger than Columbus’s a good thing? They’re just different types of boats. They were obviously both seaworthy and capable of carrying people, of whatever nationalities, to places they hadn’t previously been. They are therefore equal in terms of both explorerness and boatness.
(I’d like to stress, I’m talking specifically about the boats here, not the men.)
(Source: romancingalbion, via xxxcinnamon)