The History of White People, Chapter 2

Professor Painter begins this chapter with the statement: # Link in context

“What we can see depends heavily on what our culture has trained us to look for.” She goes on to talk about how the Romans began to differentiate further among people who had formerly been known as “Celts” or “barbarians.”  But how might this statement challenge us as 21st century readers looking at this ancient history? # Link in context

William F. Buckley wrote that, “History is the polemics of the victor,” and Painter’s presentation of the Roman historians views of the Gauls, Romani and Celts is certainly consistent with that. Here, we begin to see immutable traits being ascribed to various groups based on their willingness to be assimilated into a dominant culture. How might we imagine this history written from the perspective of the conquered? # Link in context

For background on this Beyond Black and White book discussion, see the main page  # Link in context

The Facebook discussion of this chapter is here# Link in context

This post will take you to the prompts and Facebook discussion for the introduction and first chapter. # Link in context

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