The Big Bang Theory Is Black-face for Nerds!

Ridiculous, right? Yet, some people continue to try and make this nonsensical connection. Do people even realize that Black-face helped in the lynching of Black Americans, Federal laws to limit their rights, and the movie that helped cause the re-birth of the Ku Klux Klan; “Birth of A Nation”?

I consider myself a nerd too, but get real. The whole notion is extremely off-base with zero correlation.

1. “Birth of a Nation” (1915)

Not only was the first-ever feature-length film a cinematic triumph, it was also astonishingly racist. Director D.W. Griffith’s saga, which ran over three hours and was shown in two parts, followed a South Carolina town during the Civil War and pitted white men in blackface against actors playing the Ku Klux Klan protecting the “Aryan” cause.” “According to this New Yorker article, the movie “proved horrifically effective at sparking violence against blacks in many cities.


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Afro-Portuguese Ivories

Lidded Saltcellar, 15th–16th century
Sierra Leone; Sapi-Portuguese

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Saltcellar: Portuguese Figures, 15th–16th century
Nigeria; Edo peoples, court of Benin

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Ivory Spoon, 16th century
Sierra Leone; Sapi-Portuguese

Afro Portuguese Ivories Afro Portuguese Ivories

Ivories from the west coast of Africa were for the most part the first African artifacts brought back to Europe through trade. The discovery of vast quantities of West African ivory, called “white gold” in Europe, transformed the nature of African-Portuguese trading in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. As Portuguese wealth increased at this time, so did taste for these luxury goods. Ivory’s enormous commercial value led African leaders to carefully control its distribution and use.

Emma George Ross
Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ross, Emma George. “Afro-Portuguese Ivories”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (October 2002)

Further Reading
  • Fagg, William. Afro-Portuguese Ivories. London: Batchworth Press, 1959.

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