Hey white people, if you want to know what other white people have been saying, writing, drawing about black people in Europe and the Americas get yourself a copy of Jan Nederveen Pieterse' White On Black. It's published by Yale press, and Pieterse is a white European.
While you're waiting for that book to get into your hands, check out ladyjax's PSA: Images of Blackness.
This is your culture. Sadly, lots of people of color know more about how white folk carry on in regard to us than y'all do. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you want to hide something from a racist, put it in book. I'm not saying you're a racist if you don't read it, but white ignorance about white hatefulness is another aspect of white racism as far as I'm concerned. Book learning. Git you more. That way you can talk to white people that are stuck on racist (and can't recognize it for such) because mostly, white folks (deliberately racist and otherwise) sure don't make it a point to listen to people who aren't white.