The unconscious whiteness of Britain-

I had posted this last night but saved it in the draft. I just heard a story about a Bursar of a Cambridge College telling an *Asian* lighting Engineer that he should watch out with the lighting because otherwise you can’t see “black people in the dark except for their teeth.”

When the Engineer complained he lost the contract; I didn’t hear this story from him/her but from a white person observing the proceeding. The university simply shut down the incident since the Bursar is “ex-army”, is a good lad and this was one of the Royal Colleges.

The institutional classism, sexism and racism embedded in the upper echelons of British (and I suspect most European societies) means that the Elite won’t reflect “mainstream society for generations.”

There is a rumour now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning to move to Africa after the birth of their first child. While I welcome the move towards a more modern and streamlined monarchy, it reflects the antipathy and envy that Prince William has towards his biracial sister-in-law. His younger brother, who made a bold choice in his marriage (essentially marrying the black Wallis Simpson), is now pursuing his own destiny.

I have often thought that it would be much better for the Minor Royals, who are not in the line of succession, to disperse throughout the Commonwealth. The Second Elizabethan age resulted in a fearful and passive monarchy, which has essentially allowed events to pass it by.

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  1. `I had posted this last night but saved it in the draft. I just heard a story about a Bursar of a Cambridge College telling an *Asian* lighting Engineer that he should watch out with the lighting because otherwise you can’t see “black people in the dark except for their teeth.”’

    I’m sure that old boy holds fairly antiquated beliefs, but an aspect of his point is somewhat valid. Capturing the true tone of colored skin on camera is quite tricky. Brown people either look way lighter, or way darker than they are in reality unless special attention is paid. For darker skin it gets even trickier, and to take a picture with people of different skin tones in the same shot requires extra attention to correct lighting.

    Interestingly, any casual channel surf through Indian soaps shows up this working the other way — lighting is typically arranged so as to make the actors look much more lighter skinned than they are in reality (by several shades of brown).

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  2. Speaking of Britain (i.e. England) maybe it is good place for this comment (Soon, I will write about almost unknown ‘White slavery’ when English sold, apart from blacks, the enormous number of Celtic men and women as slaves in the 16-17 c.AC when the number of Celts dropped from 1.5M to 600k)…

    MMK, it is disappointing that you used Wiki reference in your assignment. I had to temporarily stop my search for new I-Net provider. It is not allowed in academic research. I know that it is (esp. politically) very difficult to find the previous name of the river IND. I am sure you are aware how important is this. It provides more information than all genetic commenting on BP so far. I’ll give you a tip. This word is not unknown to you. Be persistent and keep researching.

    Thanks for providing examples from English dictionaries. Here you can see typical English arrogance and ignorance. They came to British Isles in the 5.c.AC and now they find that many toponyms have ‘bizarre’ names with ‘doubtful etymology’. They may need first to explain which language is almost (according to some uncorrupted linguists) 1/3 a basis for English (formed in 12th c.AC) and what is its connection with Sanskrit.

    “Doubtful” etymology words – ‘Severn’ is ‘North(ern)’ in Serbian, Derwent is the name of Serbian town (population of 30.000), ‘Tama’ is ‘darkness’ in Serbian, etc. ‘Lugg’ is one of the key words which is used to prove that Celtic languages originated from Serbian. I already wrote about Thames (i.e. Temza) which got the name from Serbian goddess of rivers, Tamiza (there are rivers in Serbia Tamish and Tamnava). If you live in England, you may ask someone to explain you the name of Wiltshire (Serbian tribe Wiltsa) and the previous name of Salisbury (Serbarium). Also, some can explain you the origin of the name London.

    Just to remain you and everyone else (I challenge anyone to find the opposite) that, apart from London, Serbs founded and named other EU cities: Rome, Venezia, Dresden, Berlin, Budapest, Amsterdam…etc.

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    1. Learn a lot from your comments Milan.

      Tama is a term straight out of Samkhya Darshana. It is one of the three gunas. The other two gunas being Raja and Sathwa.

      The three Gunas is widely used across most if not all Sanathana Dharma Darshanas, including Buddhism and Jainism.

      The Varna system flows from the three Gunas.

      Didn’t know the ancient Serbs also had three Gunas.

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      1. Yep, ancient Serbs also had staleski (=rank) system with 4 ranks and some say that they brought it to India. I should double check this. It is important that someone explain when Varna system was established in India. Maybe the caste system already existed in India and two systems were almost identical and a synergy was made. Varna, itself, is a Serbian word (I will write about this) and many Serbian named places have VAR in their names.

        VAR means ‘the tower’ (for e.g. Varuna is in charge of ‘sky tower’, i will write about this). For now, very briefly, Varna is for e.g. a town in today’s Bulgaria, Temisvar (eng. Timisoara), Bjelovar (=white tower), Warsaw (Poland), Székesfehérvár (Hungary), Vardun (old name for Babylon = ‘the tower on the sand’), etc, etc. Even here at BP we have a commentator with name VAR (probably, the meaning should be ‘the towering commentator’).

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  3. The unconscious brownness of Benin
    The unconscious tanness of Mongolia
    The unconscious blueness of the Na’vi
    The unconscious arabness of the Gulf States
    The unconscious slavicness of Milan

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