Resurfaced Blog Post Stating Beethoven Was Black Has Twitter Reacting Just How You Would Expect
The 2015 post had Twitter pulling out their best memes and getting creative as usual.
June 18, 2020 at 8:43 pm
A resurfaced blog post has Black folks on Twitter cutting up, claiming Ludwig van Beethoven as one of their own and even imagining what listening to his music may have been like in the 1800s.
The blog post, titled "Beethoven may have been black," which was published by The Concordian of Concordia College, was originally posted in 2015 and speculates his racial background, beginning with his mother.
Author Naomi Swanson suggests that Beethoven's mother, Maria Magdalena Keverich, was of Moorish descent — settlers originating from northern Africa and migrating into present-day Spain. Swanson also suggests that his father, Johann Van, was born in Moorish territory.
Highlighting the lack of reliability in portraits during Beethoven's life due to the many variances, Swanson cited physical descriptions of the musical composer from credible sources.
"Wide, thick-lipped mouth, short, thick nose, and proudly arched forehead," "Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose," "Complexion was brownish, his hair was thick, black, and bristly," were quotes mentioned by Swanson, concluding Beethoven could have actually been a Black man.
Swanson went on to blame the history of white-washing historical figures as another reason for the misreporting of Beethoven's true ethnicity.
While it's unclear how and why the blog resurfaced, Twitter took full advantage of the opportunity to crack jokes, creating the hashtag #BeethovenWasBlack.