iconic video of my childhood
lol given the fact that everyone is now magically an expert on crimean tatar history, might i point out that probably none of you boring people knew who crimean tatars even WERE until like a week ago lmao
You have now joined the Chechens and the Saami. The few. The proud. The Discovered By Tumblr Experts.
But are they white or are they people of color
I think some Crimean Tatars would probably appear to be white by white people in the U.S., and many wouldn’t. But they’re mostly Muslim and speak a language that’s distantly related to Turkish, which makes them stand out from the other ethnic groups in Ukraine. And that led to a lot of persecution, unfortunately. You probably heard about the expulsion of the Crimean Tatars back in 1944, when they were (incorrectly) accused of collaborating with the Nazis and shipped to Central Asia. In the past couple decades, Crimean Tatars have been returning to their ancestral homeland, and it’s caused a lot of tension with ethnic Russians living in Crimea.
The southern part of what’s today Ukraine was historically pretty ethnically diverse, and there was a succession of different Turkic-speaking khanates that ruled over and probably intermarried with Greeks, Turks, Slavic peoples, Armenians, Jews, Mongols, Scythians, etc. The Crimean Tatars today are likely descended from all of them. So, like with a lot of other ethnic groups, there’s a wide variety when it comes to their appearance.
As for how people in Eastern Europe and Russia view them, I can’t really say for sure outside of a few examples. I know that there’s this really popular book series in Poland called With Fire and Sword that has pretty shockingly racist descriptions of exaggerated “Asian” features when it describes Crimean Tatars. There’s been a couple high-profile examples of racism against Crimean Tatars in Russian news lately. And historically, many Russian nationalists adhered to this view of Russian history called the “Tatar Yoke” that blames pretty much anything wrong with Russia on The Golden Horde, which the Crimean Tatars descended from (I believe). And some of the pro-Russian propaganda I’ve seen is blaming Crimean Tatars for (yet to be proven) violence against pro-Russian demonstrators in Crimea right now.
(I’m not sure if I should tell you I was making a sarcastic joke because it wasn’t clear or if you knew that and ignored it to give me important information and a book rec, but in either case, I want to say thank you and you have nobler impulses than I)
haha I thought you were legitimately asking. And I don’t even know the answer beyond, “Yeah in the U.S., maybe” and “Eastern Europe and Russia have different perceptions of race than Americans but I’m sure you know that”
i majored in history and took as many classes on Russia as my podunk university had and the past few days feel like the only time I’ve been able to use my degree
i was hoping someone in here was ripping on the OP for being a hipster about people trying to better understand an international ethnic conflict, but now i don’t think that happened.
anyway, props to PW for valuable insight as always.
you don’t even need to make fun of republicans they do it for you
Going to Central Alabama for the weekend.
March 21st, Tuscaloosa
March 22nd, Birmingham
Tell your friends. Tell your enemies.
Mr Rogers plays an ARP Soloist synthesizer
Mr Rogers Neighborhood
The tune at 2:10 is not to be missed.
Grown-up people like to play.
reblogging to watch when i have some speakers.