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Re: Timeline of Historical Events
In Response To: Timeline of Historical Events ()

Is it allowed to disagree respectfully with the presented time line?

I assume that just to be talking about the history of Blacks is to some a major step forward, but what about the younger generation who wants to see a difference for Blacks worldwide; who like to talk about solutions? For now it seems to me we are going about our problems the wrong way, and we are just keeping ourselfs in slavery, by adopting a slavery based timeline. Just as the enemies of Blacks will have it.

I present a before photo of the Syndics of the clothesmakers guild by Rembrandt to show how he showed the European bourgeoisie as brown and black complexioned. The darkest syndic Jochem de Neve takes pride of place as he is the darkest with the strongest classical African facial traits. Should not he and Rembrandt and the European Bourgeoisie and the American founding fathers be seen as part of the Black timeline?

The painting today looks vastly different because they retouched the hell out of the black faces, so they look white today. How come they saw the black faces and we did not? And now we have a chance to see them again, see what Rembrandt really wanted to show us: what will we do about this?

Egmond Codfried
Curator Suriname Blue Blood Is Black Blood Museum
at The Hague,
The Netherlands

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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