What we thought we knew of our world is no more. From historical events to iconic figures, it seems as though we may have been wrong about a few things.

The latest on the list to have been proved otherwise is none other than Beethoven. That's right, we can't get over it either.

Keep scrolling to hear his story and see the pictures as well as how the internet reacted to the revelation...

Whitewashing has always been a problem when it comes to history.

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From the Egyptians to Jesus himself, whitewashing has taken real-life events and told them through the eyes of white people for centuries.

And through word-of-mouth, these stories were passed down through generations.

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Until they became facts that we all re-called in harmony. But historical evidence suggests that what we knew of prominent figures may not necessarily be true. I know, I was left very confused after thinking about it for too long too, but stick with me.

What is whitewashing?

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According to Merriam Webster, whitewashing can be defined in such terms: "To alter (something) in a way that favors, features, or caters to white people: such as: - To portray (the past) in a way that increases the prominence, relevance, or impact of white people and minimizes or misrepresents that of nonwhite people.

But with the lack of technology there at the time, it was hard to prove it.

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However, recent breakthrough discoveries have led us to believe that throughout time, powerful white people have used whitewashing as a means of projecting the idea that "white" was the superior race.

It's not too hard to believe just from what we know already.

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It's no secret that most countries around the world were colonized by white people who ravaged the land, slaughtered the civilians living there, and stole their assets to pass off their own. You only have to step into a museum to know that to be true.

And don't even get me started on whitewashing in the media.

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One of the most recent, outrageous whitewashed portrayals has to go to Scarlett Johansson who was cast to play a Japanese woman in Ghost in the Shell. Were there no actual Japanese actors to play the role or what? I mean, it's completely absurd.

Historical figures have often undergone whitewashing to continue the idea of the "superior race."

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Before we get into the man of the hour, Beethoven, let's ease our way into the subject by recalling some other icons that have been whitewashed right before our eyes, yet to this day we still refer to them as such.

Let's start off with a man we're all familiar with: Jesus.

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Despite the notable story taking place in the Middle East and his own parents being of Middle Eastern/Arab descent, in every single portrait and story, he was always portrayed as a white man. (He also always had a six-pack, which confused me a lot because I didn't think he would have time to exercise, but I guess he was carved by God?)

And even figures from the Ancient Egyptian era were portrayed as white even though they were African.

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Queen Nefertiti is one of the most famous figures to be completely transformed by western media to portray her as a light-skinned woman with Euro-centric features when in reality, she was more likely to be a gorgeous African woman with brown skin and black features.

But the latest figure to have been shockingly whitewashed for centuries is none other than Beethoven.

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That's right, evidence and research from previous years (most notably 2015) highlight that one of the world's most renowned composers was in fact a black man "in disguise."

Back in the 1700s-1800s, black people were not recognized as humans, let alone artists.

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Several articles including a recent one by The Guardian explores the idea that Beethoven was actually a black man who wore powder on his face and had body doubles for portraits. Keep scrolling to see the pictures for yourself.

Not only this, but his "death mask" clearly shows that his features were not stereotypically "European."

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Even though the composer was born in Germany and resided in Austria, it was emphasized that his mother was a North African being born as part of the "Moorish" community.

For those of you that don't know, the Moors were dark-skinned North African Muslims and had direct links to Belgium.

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And not only this but Beethoven himself picked out one of his prized portraits at the time which represented him best and it was a picture where "his face is broad, his hair is unruly, and his skin is very dark."

The rest of his portraits depicted him as a thin-lipped white man.

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Credible sources including his lovers and his family described him at the time associating these particular physical traits to him: - “Wide, thick-lipped mouth, short, thick nose, and proudly arched forehead." - “His face reveals no trace of the German… He was so dark that people dubbed him ‘The Spagnol’ [dark-skinned]." - "Short, stocky, broad shoulders, short neck, round nose, blackish-brown complexion."

And upon unveiling this discovery yet again, the internet just couldn't believe their eyes.

This tweet immediately went viral after racking up an impressive 161,000 likes as well as hundreds of comments.

It's heartbreaking that he could not be recognized for who he is.

What kind of a world do we live in?

And some people agreed with this user:

Whitewashing is a very toxic trait.

And others couldn't help but point out things about other famous artists.

I can't even get over Beethoven, let alone bring Shakespeare into this.

And this user brought up a pretty good point...

At this point, I don't even doubt this happening in the future.

Are we really only discovering this now?

This is going to be me now until the end of time...

I mean I don't know what to believe anymore.

Wow. Just wow.

Others have disputed the claims.

But there seems to be more evidence 'for', than there is 'against'.

Here's an image of Beethoven's death mask:

This is crazy! How did I not know about this?

And here's the "prized" image of the composer:

Y'all have really got me messed up.

And if you're looking for more information...

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Click here if you want to read more about the debate but if not, keep scrolling to see some iconic black figures from history re-imagined by a school teacher.