Those of you who have not yet discovered Mathilda’s anthropology blog, should certainly check it out. Though many of her posts are too scholarly for the average layman, there is plenty of material that even the average joe can appreciate. One such post concerns her discovery that afrocentric webmasters had been doctoring up images of ancient Egyptian artifacts in order to support their absurd claim that ancient Egyptians were black like themselves. Of course there were black Egyptians – but there were also red headed Egyptians with fair skin and everything in between. The majority of Egyptians were dark-skinned Caucasians of the Mediterranean type (just as they are today). Here is an excerpt from that post:
I’m not kidding. Someone sent me a hysterical comment claiming this was what they ‘really looked like’. After a bit of a laugh, I dug out the image I have of Meritaten (currently in the Louvre) to compare it.
This is Nefertiti’s daughter, Meritaten, wearing a Nubian wig. If you take a close look, you can see both statues have the same scars on the left cheek. It appears someone has stuck a dark coloured filter over the second image. If you take a look at the undoctored image you can see the patch of flesh coloured paint by her right eye, complete with eyeliner. I expanded this to cover part of her face with an art program and it’s in the same kind of skin tone range as most of the coffin and statue portraits I have, not black.
She goes on to describe other instances of this. Some afrocentrists posted comments to her blog and actually tried to justify this practice. Clearly shame and embarrassment do not figure prominently among them. I sympathize with her exasperation.
What kind of desperation would motivate people to hijack somebody else’s heritage and claim it as their own? There are even some blacks who claim that the ancient Jews (my own ancestors!) were black. Yes, we had black hair (as evidenced by the common Hebrew term for “young man”: “tishhoreth”) but certainly not black skin.
Any people, who cannot claim a civilization of their own, should seize the opportunity to create a brand new one according to their tastes. Starting from scratch is not always such a bad thing!