Modern history[ edit ] In the 16th and 17th centuries[ edit ] While black was the color worn by the Catholic rulers of Europe, it was also the emblematic color of the Protestant Reformation in Europe and the Puritans in England and America. John Calvin , Philip Melanchthon and other Protestant theologians denounced the richly colored and decorated interiors of Roman Catholic churches. They saw the color red, worn by the Pope and his Cardinals, as the color of luxury, sin, and human folly. In Protestant doctrine, clothing was required to be sober, simple and discreet. Bright colors were banished and replaced by blacks, browns and grays; women and children were recommended to wear white. The Catholic painters of the Counter-Reformation, like Rubens , went in the opposite direction; they filled their paintings with bright and rich colors.
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Indigenous peoples of Africa Northern Africa The Romans interacted with and later conquered parts of Mauretania , an early state that covered modern Morocco , western Algeria , and the Spanish cities Ceuta and Melilla during the classical period. The people of the region were noted in Classical literature as Mauri , which was subsequently rendered as Moors in English. He claims that black-looking Arabs, much like black-looking Latin Americans , consider themselves white because they have some distant white ancestry. In response to an advertisement for an acting position, as a young man he said, "I am not white but I am not exactly black either. My blackness is tending to reddish". They used more black female slaves in domestic service and agriculture than males.
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