What is so distrubing about white people’s perception of Black American history?
The fact that so many white people can laud the humanity of Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1865 and ignore the institutionally unchecked bigotry black people faced until the signing of the Civil…
“In Greek, whose color lexicon did not stabilize for many centuries, the words most commonly used for blue are glaukos and kyaneos. The latter probably referred originally to a mineral or a metal; it has a foreign root and its meaning often shifted. During the Homeric period it denoted both the bright blue of the iris and the black of funeral garments, but never the blue of the sky or sea. An analysis of Homer’s poetry shows that out of sixty adjectives describing elements and landscapes in the Iliad and Odyssey, only three are color terms, while those evoking light effects are quite numerous. During the classical era, kyaneos meant a dark color: deep blue, violet, brown, and black. In fact, it evokes more the “feeling” of the color than its actual hue. The term glaukos, which existed in the Archaic period and was much used by Homer, can refer to gray, blue, and sometimes even yellow or brown. Rather than denoting a particular color, it expresses the idea of a color’s feebleness or weak concentration. For this reason it is used to describe the color of water, eyes, leaves, or honey.”—
Michel Pastoureau, Blue: The History of a Color (via emmaylor)
The history of how and when civilizations and cultures throughout history began describing or ‘seeing’ or differentiating between the colors blue/green is fascinating