Actually, I’m going to take this time to address something that some of my readers have expressed concern about.
What I have collected here actually surpasses the “burden of proof” for an academic thesis by a good bit. I saw a gap in research, and I filled it in. I filled it to overflowing. The bibliography for this humble blog known as medievalpoc would be significantly longer than most pop-history books written by a lot of historians.
*Just* the bibliography. That’s not counting the links to various internet blogs and articles; I’m only talking about graduate-studies-level acceptable sources.
I’ve seen a few people bandy about terms like “historical consensus” which is actual nonsense. If you really must know WHY it’s nonsense, click this link to perhaps understand more why that is not how it works. At all.
I know that my habit of indulging or defending against people who are obviously equipped with nothing more than “Everyone knows that only White people were in European history!” might be upsetting or alarming to my readers who are actually academics, because, well. You know and I know they’ve got nothing. You know and I know that the way textbooks are written has more to do with politics than “truth”, or anything resembling nuance or complexity that’s closer to the truth.
But I’m going to once again state the other mission this blog has: ACCESSIBILITY. The truth is worthless if no one can understand it. I’m tired of gatekeeping, I’m tired of couching simple concepts in overly complex language, I’m tired of seminal texts on disability studies/rights like Nothing About Us Without Us being written in language so BRICKLIKE AND INACCESSIBLE IT IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IT CLAIMS TO SPEAK FOR.
There is absolutely no reason for these things to be made the way they are, other than in our society, the fewer people that have access and control over information, the more “legitimate” it is seen as!!! That is a TRAVESTY. It is an injustice.
This isn’t about me compromising myself or talking to people who are “Beneath me”. This isn’t about “those trolls aren’t worth it”. I reject the paradigm of elitism, exceptionalism, and this horrid concept that everything behind a paywall is the truthiest truth.
college is catered towards the able bodied and able minded. school applauds people who can stay up all night, skip meals, and work endlessly. that kind of extreme contribution is expected. why are disabled people being squeezed out of academic institutions? why should I feel inferior because of some arbitrary and ridiculous standard?