Back when I posted on Persepolis I already had been thinking if I should post on aryan description as the terminology for the Iranian people and point to the nowadays obsolete understanding of the usage of Aryan to mean “all Indo-Europeans” by most scholars. In central Europe and especially in Germany there is still a continuing reference to the terms as used in the early 20th century or even worse as in the sense the Nazis modified it for their own unsustainable interpretations.
Now that I had to listen to some Critical Whiteness talks which struggled a lot withe general terms around Ethnicity and ‘race’, but had no problems to refer to scholars which used ‘aryan’ as a possible description – even if just to neglect them – I am really disturbed how much the terminology is still around in exactly this very old-fashioned, fascistic and racist way – as otherwise it could not be used in terms of such a discussion.
This non-re-evaluated usage points exactly towards the high – more or less unconscious – coding of certain terms and that even a recoding, which opens new fields of access is strictly overlooked in even an academic surrounding. It dismisses heavily all the possibilities and options would be allowed in just in thinking of the word in its proper meaning. May be it is just an indicator to really carefully look at the own mindsets (never excluding myself), how ever critically one claims oneself … or may it is because most of the scholars – att least in this discussion – were german or european .. also this is an indicator for a mindset … (more to follow)
(excerpted from: Who Invented White People?