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Transhumanist Post time: 2012-2-7 14:37
Ibn Khaldun also wrote: “Therefore, the Negro nations are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, becaus ...
what a stupid post. Anyone with half a brain knows there were black Pharaohs
t started as a simple advertisement for a doll of Queen Nefertiti, wife of the heretical Pharaoh Akhenaten who ruled Egypt during its glory days in the 14th century B.C.
The ad portrayed the legendary queen with vaguely Caucasian features and light-colored skin. Published last year in the Biblical Archeology Review, the picture ignited a surprisingly intense and at times bitter debate over the racial affinities of the ancient Egyptians.
"Queen Nefertiti was a beautiful black Egyptian queen," wrote an outraged reader, Joan P. Wilson, in a letter to the magazine. "The Egyptians are a black race of people. This doll has creamy white skin color . . . . "
Since then, the battle has raged over the racial character of one of history's most complex, successful and innovative civilizations. The Egyptians can claim so many accomplishments -- the world's first nation state, advances in early medicine and the engineering triumphs of the pyramids -- that the opportunity to claim descent from them would be a matter of pride for almost anyone.
The issue has become so emotionally charged that Egyptologists, sensitive to the oft-voiced accusation that they interpret history with a blind eye to the accomplishments of blacks, are often reluctant even to talk about the issue.
"You won't find an Egyptologist to discuss it," said Howard University classicist Frank M. Snowden Jr., who has studied the portrayal of blacks in antiquity.
Because Nefertiti remains so well known, she has come to represent the quintessential ancient Egyptian woman in the minds of many. If Queen Tiye remained popular today, the debate might have been less rancorous. Queen Tiye, who also lived in the 14th century B.C., was much more clearly a black African.
Society Was Multiracial
Ancient Egypt, it seems, was a genuinely multiracial society. It was a cosmopolitan crossroad at the juncture of black Africa and white Eurasia. There were black pharoahs and there were white pharoahs and there were many in between.