We can fall into a trap of backprojecting our whiteness culture onto historic civilizations where it did not exist as a concept.
I wasn’t accusing you nor saying not me. It’s a difficulty faced by any historian of any era: the difficulty of extracting one’s self from their own era’s biases.
If you look at old history books you can really see it. In some eras, a focus was on economics of the eras. In the 21st century, we’re likely to focus on the ecology of the eras (global temperature changes caused [x]) . On other eras, the focus was on war games, or on “Great Man”, or on Religious differences.
I don’t know what these lenses of history are called but I’d love to find out.
I went to a super left / liberal / whatever college in 1990/91 and have gotten campus updates since.
So that’s my lens.
— I’d hear about new movements on campus, how they dealt with them, etc, as they were happening.
So, around 1998-2002, jokesters started submitting white supremacist papers but in the post-modernist format of college papers, to try to slide them in. At the same time, flying nazi flags and claiming cultural / racial justifications.
It was institutional trolling but ended up causing actual problems so they had a “no flag” policy for a bit until they figured out what was happening and what to do.
Since that point, I’ve seen more of that coming from campuses, watching the rise of the far right, much of it funded by Campus Reform and other groups deliberately, although sometimes it was just trolling.