Going Medieval On White Supremacists (Rebroadcast)
The Middle Ages spanned roughly a thousand years – and encompassed all seven continents.
But when most Americans think about Medieval times (not the restaurant), our brains go straight toan all-white version of Medieval Europe that never really existed.
The myth is so pernicious, white supremacists have used it to draw people to their cause for more than a hundred years.
Last month, it was even alluded to in a memo calling on Republicans to form a caucus driven by “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
So, while we still hear a lot about the Vikings, the Celts, and the supposed “Anglo-Saxons,” what were those groups really like? And what does our misunderstanding of the Middle Ages mean for how we view our world today?
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