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Tango0125 Oct 2019 12:31 p.m. PST

… the "Whites Only" Medieval World.

"n January 2nd of this year, The Economist published an article titled "Medieval memes: The far right's new fascination with the Middle Ages". The most surprising part of that article was not that neo-fascist, neo-Nazi, white supremacist nationalists (i.e. the self-described "alt-right") love the Middle Ages, but that The Economist is so late to this revelation. Right-wing white supremacists, both in Europe and in the US, have held a special place for in their hearts for the Middle Ages since at least the beginning of the nineteenth century.

For over two centuries, American slaveholders, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Nazi Germany, and today's white supremacist self-styled "alt-right" have all promoted a twisted idea of the Middle Ages that props up their white-supremacist fantasies. And unfortunately, their view of the Middle Ages has trickled into the groundwater of the broader popular historical consciousness. Depictions of people of color in films, TV series, and video games about the Middle Ages are practically nonexistent. Those that do show people of color in the Middle Ages typically only reinforce this paradigm. For instance, the 2001 film Black Knight makes comedic hay out of the idea being black is at odds with being a knight. The Lord of the Rings films (and books) courted controversy by depicting people of color as dangerous outsiders fighting in thrall to the Dark Lord…"
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lkmjbc326 Oct 2019 8:24 a.m. PST

Egads, what a waste of electrons.

Joe Collins

Tango0126 Oct 2019 12:21 p.m. PST



bjporter26 Oct 2019 3:43 p.m. PST

Oh good, another Leftists article in search of a reason to be offended and for virtue signaling.

John Edmundson28 Oct 2019 10:27 p.m. PST

I'm not sure you have to be that much of a leftist to agree that the middle ages doesn't dovetail into white supremacist ideology without a lot of pretending :-)

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Oct 2019 7:39 a.m. PST

Has anybody an idea what he actually intends to tell us?

Delbruck29 Oct 2019 8:09 a.m. PST

The new "progressive" TMP?

What happened to miniatures and wargaming?

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