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What Race were the Ancient Egyptians?
position statement taken from Melanet.com

Pharaoh AkhenatenThe major point of contention has been whether the Ancient Egyptians were Black Africans. It is quite understandable that this issue would stir up heated passions. For nearly two hundred years now, White scholars have removed Black people from Egypt, Egypt from Africa and Africa from world history. They have always taught that Egypt is in the Near East, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and even the Fertile Crescent. They have never informed the world that Egypt is and always has been on the Continent of Africa.

While White publishers controlled everything written and taught about Africa - and often published books stating that the Ancient Egyptians were White - no one, except Black people, complained. However, since Black people began publishing their own work and using the internet to tell our story, suddenly everyone is interested in setting Black people straight by insisting that the Ancient Egyptians were neither Black nor white, but Arabs, like the Arabs of today. We disagree. Arabs invaded Egypt in the 7th Century AD, long after Ancient Egyptian civilisation had declined and faded away. Arabs have no more connection to Ancient Egypt than Europeans have to Ancient America.

Ancient Egyptian wallpaintingMany have argued that, even if the Ancient Egyptians were Black Africans, modern African Americans, who lay claim to Egyptian civilisation, are not akin to them because their ancestors were West Africans. This reflects a lack of knowledge about African history. Virtually all West African people trace their ancestry to the northeast and ultimately to the Nile Valley. A number of Black scholars have revealed evidence of the ancient migratory trail from the Nile across the continent to West Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. Therefore, modern African Americans do indeed have a direct link to the Ancient Egyptian people.

We understand that most White people and Arabs have great difficulty imagining Black Africans to have laid the foundation of civilisation. We sincerely regret that Western racist propaganda has so narrowed their world view. But, at this site we deal with evidence - not propaganda, not passion, not preconceived notions or white supremacy.

Pharaoh TutankhamunMany Black scholars have presented the Africentric view on the "race" of the Ancient Egyptians. Their research has triggered a revaluation of certain assumptions. For example, most Black Africans do not have thick lips and broad noses. There are four distinct Black African physical types. All were part of the Ancient Egyptian population. Secondly Ancient Egyptian drawings were largely conventional. This means that they clearly had a symbolic meaning that was not true to form. For example, the traditional reddish brown colour used to portray all men (no matter what their true skin tone) may have represented the African "blood of life" concept. For religious purposes, Black Africans have painted their bodies red or reddish brown from time immemorial.

One should not, therefore, reach hard and fast conclusions about Egyptian ethnicity based on the colour used in the tomb and pyramid drawings. Furthermore, even if the colours are accurate depiction's of the people, a number of indigenous, unmixed Africans, like the Pygmies, have reddish brown skin tone. Yet no one would deny that these are "Black" African people. In light of this, if the Ancient Egyptians were indeed of reddish brown skin colour, they were of the same colour as modern Pygmies.

Queen TiyThe original Black Egyptians were mixed with invading Libyans, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Turks, Arabs and Western Europeans. This explains the genetic status of the modern Egyptian, who does not resemble his Black African forebears.

To truly determine the Ancient Egyptian "race," one must consider the full range of linguistic cultural, anatomical, archaeological and genetic evidence. One recent, non-black scholar, Richard Poe ("Black Spark: White Fire: Did African Explorers Civilise Ancient Europe") (Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA), has done just that and has reached the following conclusion: "Were the Egyptians black? That is entirely up to up to you. But were they biologically African? It would seem that they were."

Related links
Melanet.com
Ancient Nubia
 

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