I’m getting really frustrated with Tumblr and it’s attitude toward history as a whole so I’m throwing my two cents into it.
People who like history know fully well that the people that we’re learning about are usually really, really shitty. They were either racist, sexist, imperialistic or all of the above.
HOWEVER, me learning little facts about historical people’s lives does not mean I condone their shitty actions.
I fucking hate Thomas Jefferson and all he stood for. He’s a Macaroni fuck and I’d fight him on the street if I saw him. However me knowing and enjoying the fact that one time he was gifted a thousand pound wheel of cheese just to not let any, and I quote, “Federalist Cows” Have any, does not mean I condone his slavery and rape of Sally Hemmings.
When you learn about history you’re learning about everything, the good and the bad. If you limit yourself to ‘pure’ historical figures you’re going to have one fucking short list there buddy.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the most vocal women’s rights activists of her day, was racist as hell
Napoleon wanted to take over the world
And I don’t even have to mention what Hitler did
We learn about history so we don’t repeat it
And fuck it, Learning that Thomas Jefferson had a murderous goat is fucking funny and I’ll laugh at it if I want to. Me finding a fact amusing does not mean I have sympathy for shitty people/condone shitty people. I just think it’s fucking funny.
So fuck off and let me enjoy my history in peace