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Monday, January 21, 2008

Newsflash......Black folks ruled Egypt and Europeans ruled Europe...funny how that works.....

I just so happened to peruse yesterday's New York Daily News and they highlighted some recent historical data that many in African-American academia (as well as the general Black community) have been touting for years-Black pharaohs ruled Egypt. To be more specific, very few Black academics have actually separated Egypt from the rest of the Dark Continent but everyone else outside the sphere of multiculturalism has tried to place Egypt under the auspices of Euro-centrism. Well thanks to the latest issue of National Geographic magazine, the historical accuracy of Black pharaohs (dark complected Africans south of the Sudan, more specifically) ruling Egypt for more than a century has been put back into the center of the great educational debate henceforth. Take a look at the NY Daily News article, in question:

Egypt's black pharaohs ignored

by Christina Boyle

Sunday, January 20th 2008, 4:00 AM

Egypt was ruled by black pharaohs for nearly 100 years, but their role as leaders of the ancient civilization has been largely kept in the dark because of racism, according to this month's National Geographic magazine.

Scholars and historians have repeatedly failed to acknowledge the impact made by the group of kings who traveled from deep in Africa and conquered Egypt in 728 B.C., National Geographic says.

The Nubian kings, who came from an area of Africa that is mostly present-day Sudan, became the country's 25th dynasty and reunited Egypt, which had been torn apart by warlords.

The magazine claims the true impact of these rulers has never been widely accepted because European powers colonized the region in the 19th century and the role of the "darker skinned" conquerors was seen as irrelevant.

"For decades, historians flip-flopped: Either the black pharaohs were actually 'white,' or they were bumblers, their civilization a derivative off-shoot of true Egyptian culture," writes Robert Draper in National Geographic.

"The neglect of Nubian history reflected the bigoted world view of the times."

The story of the Nubians proves that African civilization was thriving in the ancient world, and intermingling and intermarriage with Egyptians was also reasonably common, the article says.

Some studies also have found that Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun's grandmother, the 18th-dynasty Queen Tye, may have had Nubian heritage.

And for the National Geographic article, click here.

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