EGYPT AND THE MYTH OF AFRICAN INFERIORITY

Over at Abagond’s site he has put up a post on Egypt entitled, “Diop: Birth of the Negro Myth”, based on chapter two of Cheikh Anta Diop’s “The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality” (1974). The chapter centers around racist perceptions of Europeans that gave rise to the myth that Africans had no civilization, and that Egypt could not have been a black civilization:

“The myth is so firmly believed that the idea of ancient Egypt being a black civilization seems highly improbable if not laughable. So much so that when archaeologists find the remains of blacks in Egypt or the Middle East they are assumed – without the trouble of a proof – to be slaves.”

What is so very obvious is that in this mad push and desire to see Egypt as white (By Europeans), is another glaring fact that looms large:  Why is not Algeria, Morocco, or Libya claimed as white, or non-African? Why the major fixation on Egypt?

Egyptians, Ethiopians, Somalis, Nubians, Eritreans all share a common cultural, geography, and biblical history. After thousands of years of admixture—African, European, and Asiatic—Egypt, like much of North Africa is mixed:  semitic. Some civilizations and cultures defy categorization as black or white. But, its location on the continent of Africa makes Egyptians Africans. Most notably, during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut, the Egyptians also did commerce with what would be considered Africans:  buying frankincense,  myrrh, ebony, gold, spices, and ivory from the Land of Punt (in ancient Egyptin, Ta netjer, “land of the God”), located in what is now known as the Horn of Africa in northern Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Red Sea coast of Sudan. 

Even Egypt has had black pharaohs on the throne:

-Taharka (Nefertemkhure) – 25TH Dynasty (690 BC – 664 BC): The Kushite pharaoh during his reign brought a period of stability to Egypt. When the Assyrians attacked Egypt in 671 BC, Taharka and his army fought them, but they were routed by Ashurbanipal. Taharka was the son of Piye, more well-known as Piankhy (Usermaatre/Sneferre), the Nubian king who previously conquered and ruled Egypt. Piankhy ruled from 747-716 BC. Taharka ruled 26 years as pharaoh. The Nubians also built pyramids, pyramids built in ancient Meroe, in present-day Sudan—pyramids that have just as fascinating a history as those built in Egypt:

The pyramid of Nuri, built by Taharka, is one of the most impressive of the Nubian pyramids.

Taharka is even mentioned in the Bible, in II Kings 19:9-10:

9  And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying,

10 Thus ye shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.”

Taharka is also mentioned in Isaiah, 37:9-10.

The Ethiopians are also creators of some of the world’s, and Africa’s, most beautiful artwork, manuscripts and buildings:

 
Adam & Eve, Abreja wa Atsabeha Church, Ethiopia.
 
 
Virgin Mary and Angels on mural in Abreha and Atsbeha church, Ethiopia.
 
 
 
An Ethiopian fresco of the Queen of Sheba (Kebra Nagast), traveling to meet King Solomon. The Kingdom of Sheba was located in what is now Ethiopia.
 
The Queen of Sheba, Makeda, is also mentioned in the Bible, I Kings, 10: 1-13 :
 

10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.

10:2And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

10:3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.

 
She is also mentioned in II Chronicles, 9: 1-12.
 
She is mentioned once in  Acts 8:27 ,as Candace “queen of the Ethiopians”.
 
 
Ancient ruins of Lalibela, Ethiopia.
The Ethiopians (“people with the burnt face”), like the Nubians (Sudanese), Eritreans, Somali, share linguistic and DNA genetic markers with present-day Egyptians.
 
Are Egyptians Africans? Yes.
 
Yes, Egypt is not the only civilization that racist Whites/Europeans have tried to claim. Case in point, great Zimbabwe was claimed by racists to have been founded by a lost Roman legion!
 
 
 
 
The fact is, Great Zimbabwe, featuring the Great Enclosure Wall, was built by the Bantu-speaking ancestors of today’s Shona people. Zimbabwe is one of the unique and marvelous monuments on the African continent–second only to the pyramids of the Nile Valley.
 
Were the Egyptians white? No.
 
Egypt as white, and not a part of Africa?
 
Not so.
 
Egypt is as African as Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad, Morocco, Uganda, and all the other 48 African nations.
 
 
REFERENCES:
 
1.
Pharaohs and Kings by David M. Rohl (Paperback – Jun 24, 1997)
(32)
 
 
3.  Afrasian Languages, Igor M. Diakonov, Nauka Press, Moscow, 1988.
 
4.  King James Bible, II Kings and Isaiah, Old Testament.
 
5. Billy Gambela Blog, Afri-Asiatic Anthropology Blog.
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2 responses to “EGYPT AND THE MYTH OF AFRICAN INFERIORITY

  1. naichang

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  2. Nata

    I had an argument with someone telling them that Egypt is black with black ancestors only to be told to my face that its not, its part of the Mediterranean.. A change of names because of war and integration doesn’t mean a change in history. It doesn’t mean we forget what was and only concentrate on what is.

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