Robert Lindsay has taken issue with my post about black Africans not being capable of reaching Madagascar even though it is so close to the African coast. Here are his objections:
1) There may have been pre-Austronesian people in Madagascar long ago – who got there by boat.
2) Madagascar is not just a few miles off the coast of Africa. It is 250 miles away.
3) Africans of 70,000 years ago colonized the rest of the world by boat so clearly they are capable of such technology.
I don’t buy #3 because there is no evidence that the Africans who left Africa 70,000 years ago were negro nor am I aware of solid evidence they traveled by boat. But more importantly, the whole “out of Africa” theory is shaky and in serious doubt.
As for #1 and #2, these are valid points worthy of further discussion.
For a while now, the question of the negritos has been bugging me. The negritos are short-statured, dark-skinned peoples who used to inhabit a vast area from the islands of the Indian Ocean all the way to Japan. Genetically, they are distinct from African negroes and, by most accounts, their average I.Q. is lower. Though it has usually been assumed that these small people must have reached the islands by boat, somebody (I lost the link) brought up an interesting point: What about the various animal species that lived on isolated islands? Did they also build boats in order to get there? The point is that if we allow for the possibility that animals could have colonized the islands by accidentally floating there on driftwood, then the same possibility exists for humans. This being said, my gut feeling is that the ancestors of the negritos did arrive by boat and this was before they had evolved to their current small size possibly through insular dwarfism. It is very likely, in my opinion, that the sea-faring ancestors of the negritos had a higher average I.Q. than their modern descendants. The same selective forces that brought about small stature would also have brought about smaller brains (the brain is the largest consumer of calories among the organs). In other words, high I.Q. would have been counter-adaptive on these small islands. The costs would not have justified the benefits. But Madagascar is not a small island. It is huge. Perhaps these people evolved into negritos on the nearby Comoros islands and then found their way to Madagascar. Be it as it may, the presence of indigenous people in Madagascar, prior to the arrival of the Austronesians, is not relevant to my point unless it is shown that these people came from Africa. The negritos are more distant, genetically, from black Africans, than any other group.
As for Madagascar being more than just a few miles off the coast of Africa, I shall concede this point to Mr. Lindsay. I will even add to it that the Indian Ocean currents favor a trans-Indian Ocean voyage over an Africa to Madagascar voyage. At the same time, the vast difference in distance between Bornea and Africa to Madagascar should not easily be dismissed.
Robert Lindsay is not exactly a race-realist and certainly not a white-nationalist. But I like a lot of what he writes and he is a gentleman. Also, he links to this blog. So I have added his blog to my own blogroll.