- Feb 2013
- Coastal Florida
I'm not going to spend hours producing records showing this. However, I will provide you with an example, a pamphlet of a printed speech distributed in 1954 by a Citizens' Council, a virulently racist organization in the U.S., following the Brown v. BOE school desegregation case. In A Review of Black Monday, pgs. 2-3, the speaker defines the area historically occupied by the "white race" to include all of Europe to the Ural Mountains, all of what we would generally consider the Near and Middle East today as well as northeastern Africa. Within this passage, he comments specifically on how "white" Ancient Egyptians were:I asked him to give me concrete examples of "Eurocentric revisionism similar to modern Afrocentrism", because I don't see it.
The examples he gave were not satisfying because most of the time it was in the context of the 19th century, when it was justified, by the simple fact that people arrived to those conclusions because of a lack of modern data(like DNA), and not because they were vicious, racist and narcissistic with inferiority complex. Other examples he gave were not satisfying because they were supported by very niche groups, and not on a massive scale similar to that of Afrocentrism today.
Is anyone here able to show a few concrete examples of "Eurocentric revisionism" in history?
And where did he get these ideas? Why, none other than one of the most celebrated western archaeologists in history, James Henry Breasted. In one of his tomes, The Conquest of Civilization (pgs. 44-45), Breasted explicitly claimed the Ancient peoples of Pharaonic Egypt represented the southern extent of white civilization. He claimed that "small groups" of black people may have "wandered" into Ancient Egypt from time to time but they were almost completely hemmed in by what was considered an uncrossable barrier for them, the Sahara Desert (but not uncrossable for white people, apparently). Hence, he deemed it impossible that black people made any appreciable contribution to white Egyptian civilization.These migrations and the ebbing and flowing of these various races took place. A part of this trek went into Egypt, and there, below the first cataract, along the Nile there, these white men went and lived, and for 35 dynasties they controlled Egypt. The civilization of Egypt was a white civilization. Cleopatra was a white woman. It was only in the 26th dynasty, when Taharka went upon the throne that the, gradual seepage of the negroid blood into the white blood, which had come from the northwest quadrant, became complete. The white men built the pyramids, the beautiful architectural Temple of Karnak and the sphinx.
This is a very bald example of what's known as the Dynastic Race Theory. I'm not sure I can think of a better example of racial and ethnic appropriation clearly rooted in racism. I'm not arguing for an Afrocentric view of Ancient Egypt but the idea these people were all "white" and there were no black people is nutty. If you go to Egypt today, you'll find a lot of "black" people, particularly in the southern half of Egypt. There's no reason to think it was any different in ancient times.