A VIKING OF A DIFFERENT COLOR 1
BOOK REVIEW: True Myth: Black Vikings of The Middle Ages by Nashid Al-Amin
There are many who will refuse to regard this book seriously because it does not adhere to what they have been told all their lives by accepted views or because it was written—as one reenactor complained, by a communist Muslim. However, it is to a great extent a stagnation of inquiry and a blind acceptance of the conventional and a rejection of any new idea.
It is not merely the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the Klansmen who will hate this book. So will anyone who hates to have their stereotypes challenged. They would be as disgusted and antagonistic if you said that George Washington didn’t admit to chopping down a cherry tree, that Abraham Lincoln did not free every slave with his Emancipation Proclamation or that Christopher Columbus was not the first white man to set foot on America and not the first man in Europe to proclaim that the earth was round
Let’s face it. Even folk who do not follow Nazi thought thinks that the Norsemen of the Viking Age were all blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryans. Look at the stereotypical graphic portrayals in popular literature, popular illustrations and film! Now that popular concept must be right. After all, just look at their presentations of fine horned helmets!
When I ordered this book, I thought it would deal with slaves and others from Africa but it deals with that almost not at all. Let’s forget for a moment that the Norse were probably of many different races, introduced by slavery and more. They traveled everywhere, interbred with the local population and, if accounts written before the modern racist age are not ignored, cared little about skin color except as a descriptive. I have long believed that there were white Vikings, black Vikings and—going by meetings in Russia and Asia—probably yellow Vikings, just as there were heathen, Christian and probably Jewish Vikings (made trade easier). This was predominant in my mind when I picked up this book…
Whoa. Reassessment time!
It is Al-Amin’s theory that Northern Europe was settled by a black race—which is supported by illustrations and by descriptions—and that the black races were still in dominance in Scandinavia during the Viking Age. In my opinion, but not Al-Amin’s, the theory is still inadequately supported. He backs up that assertion by notes that the black infidels, by the original meaning of Den and by other matters that are generally ignored or interpreted in a different manner that has nothing to do with skin coloring but also with literary and graphic sources. His theory is frustratingly both very thought-provoking and highly jingoistic.
The title and theme of the book seems to often take a back seat to Al-Amin’s Afrocentric—at least antiEurocentric—views. As such many Aryan traditionalists will discard the book immediately and not consider his many cogent—if radical and revisionist—observations. And to be fair, there are some very convincing points for rejecting the book.
Next week, I will deal with several points for rejecting the book and, by extension, its thesis.
Did… Did you just use the term “yellow”?
Out of love and reapect for your work I ask you, as an Asian person, to politely never use that term again. I won’t harp on about it but it’s disrespectful and is vernacular derived from a time rank with racism.
Cheers and otherwise, keep up with the amazing stuff!
July 10, 2014 at 01:18
Sorry. I will try to avoid it in the future.
July 10, 2014 at 07:12
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October 7, 2014 at 18:07
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October 7, 2014 at 21:44
When talking about skin color, it is proper to use “yellow” and “red,” just as it is to use “black,” “brown,” and “white.” Racism enters in when pejoratives are used–and colors are not, in and of themselves, pejorative. (Add “devil” to “white,” and you get a choice term some Chinese use for white people. THAT is a pejorative use.)
People get their panties in a bunch over trivial things so often these days, that I think many of them would be happier if they simply stuffed their ears with cotton–and stayed offline. I sure would be happier. 🙂
Your words had no ugly ring to them. Quite the opposite.
Anyway, thank you for another thought-provoking article. I’m now trying to find Part 2, while feeling the Sleep Fairies pulling me downward, into my bed.
October 22, 2016 at 18:22
Oops. Commenting on the wrong comment. How embarrassing
October 22, 2016 at 19:31