Such flawed assumptions reflect not only the systematic mis-education of white people, but also how its seductive-ness helps to explain its durability.
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Whiteness, technology, and the cult of progress
In other words, the notion that “the West” is due credit for all good things is pretty standard fare, as is the assumption that the West means white people.
Rather than debate who has contributed more to the world under Eurocentric standards, let us question those standards at their core because the entire paradigm under which white folks tend to assess greatness is flawed.