African Origin of Civilization Myth or Reality by Cheikh Anta Diop
In Chapter Thirteen,
A western scientist didn't want to accept that Blacks can be the foundation of all life, therefore his people the white race aren't a ''primitive Negro substratum.'' (Diop., page 262). He continues to argue that, ''the white race must have been elsewhere, in some location not yet excavated. But its existence at that period cannot be doubted.'' (Diop., page 262). He cannot reconcile a Black genesis of the planet with his racist ideas and outlook on human development. The Black person in scientific history was at the bottom of the racial hierarchy and intelligence.
But when presented with facts they always find ways to whiten the ancient Egyptians. ''It is certain that these are not true Negroes, in the usual sense of the word. These are men comparable to the Nilotics in the Great Lakes region, or else comparable to the lighter-skinned populations of those territories.'' (Diop., page 268). It is clear by now that the modern Nilotes are the ancestors of the ancient Egyptians, Sudanese and Ethiopians to name a few. With these findings, it makes sense to draw them closer to the white race to authenticate a possible white beginning of Egypt. So, in this case, a clear racist distinction is made by western scientists, scholars, academics and so on to classify Negro (Bantus) and Nilotes as in ''larger blacks'' as two separate groups of people. When in reality they are genetically the same.
Diop continues, ''in the Olduvai man, Cornevin sees the ancestor of the Nilotic, of the Shilluk, Dinka, Nuer and Masai. He makes him a Caucasoid.'' (Diop., page 268). The more advance that Black society is the more the racial tug of war tightens. It was convenient to present these Nilotes as closer to whites to serve European racist agenda of divide and conquer. ''The theory that makes Caucasoids of the Dinka, Nuer, Masai, etc., is the most unwarranted. '' (Diop., page 273). Diop is correct. Anything that divides the African people in history is poison for us as a collective.
To conclude the book the author states, ''the Negro has been there from the beginning; for millennia he was the only one in existence.'' (Diop., page 274). The foundation of all intelligent life came from the motherland as in Africa. All races on the planet occurred as a mutation outside of Africa. They left black-skinned and climate and nutrition changed their pigmentation from dark to light to survive in the new environment. Human beings should accept their collective history and responsibility to a better planet.
Young Africans are encouraged to see this book as, ''it is merely a progress report, prepared on the basis of documents available to us at the time. It is also an indication of the direction in which future generations of Black African scholars must continue calmly to work, for salvation lies at the end of that effort.'' (Diop., page 276). The work continues.
Nyabuoy Gatbel is a South Sudanese Canadian currently living in Calgary, AB. She was born in Ethiopia in 1993 and moved to Canada as a refugee in 2002. She's currently a undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Besides her studies she's a social entreprenuer focusing on the, ''Paarman Centre project,'' a fashion model, writer and author of the book, ''The Fire Within poetry in Thok Nath and English.''