Non-White Cultures that Contributed to Civilization

Non-White Cultures that Contributed to Civilization


My goal was to make at least one video a week, but this month has provided so many things for me to respond to.

The other day, Republican Congressman Steve King caught heat for making what some people consider racist remarks. The gist of it that he asserted that the Western World (and, he implied, white people specifically) was responsible for all or most major contributions to modern civilization. I’m not going to comment on this man’s heart and try to determine whether or not he is a racist, but I can say that this particular statement is just flat-out wrong. There are frankly, too many examples of non-white and non-European advancements that changed the face of civilization, and without which our culture would not exist as we know it, but in this video I give examples of two of the biggest.

There are so many things to say about this. This continues the general trend we’ve seen for the past decade or so of Republican politicians being completely out of touch with reality and being caught with their feet in their mouth. King’s controversial statements took place during the opening moments of the Republican National Convention, and were a response to Charles Pierce of Esquire magazines suggestion that, “If you’re really optimistic, you can say that this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican Party’s attention, its platform, its public face.” This also brings to mind the general discord and racial tension that has plagued society recently. Much of which, I’d argue, is exacerbated by the demagoguery of Donald Trump, who is expected to be named the Republican nominee for President at the very convention where this took place.

What bothers me the most, is that a man who lives in America, a place rich with diversity of culture, where people of hundreds of different ancestries have come together to form a society; still has such an ahistorical, eurocentric view of world history. A man that does not understand the context that shaped the world he lives in should not be writing and voting on laws.

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