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White men can’t dance. March 16, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Annette @ 5:56 pm

“…the drum – not a tambourine, but what an African would call a drum – is conspicuously missing from European music before the sixteenth century.

The Church disapproved.

The Church considered the black drum to be an instrument of the devil.  In a sense it was right.  The drum was the instrument of what the Church considered the devil: polytheistic Africa.

The Church, which from the time of its establishment controlled the flow of knowledge in Christian Europe, functioned as a rhythmic retardant by doing everything possible to banish dancing and dance music from European culture.  The effects of this are with us still; the next time you make a joke about white people not being able to dance, consider that for a thousand years or so it was prohibited.”

~Cuba and Its Music, Ned Sublette

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9 Responses to “White men can’t dance.”

  1. Desiree Says:

    That is fantastic. If I could make it my new motto, I would… but it’s too long for that. Hm.

  2. Karl Says:

    …that’s a shame. Religion set white man dancing back 1000 years. We’ll never catch up.

  3. Kerr Says:

    Except them Russians, they’re fine. Have you ever seen them dance? Crazy.

  4. Gary Says:

    Would a white guy drinking a “White Russian” while dancing count?

  5. Karl Says:

    Only HE wouldn’t know how bad he was dancing.

  6. Desiree Says:

    I highly doubt Russians call the drink a “White Russian.”

  7. Karl Says:

    What else would you call it? A “whitey”? “CRACKA”?

  8. Infinity Says:

    Ohhh Karl…

  9. Michael Says:

    Yall are too funny.


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