African Origin of Cilivization Myth or Reality
By Cheikh Anta Diop
''If Blacks created Egyptian civilization, how can we explain their present decline?''
(Diop., page 156).
In Chapter Eight,
This is the question most often asked by racists of all racial backgrounds and agents of anti-blackness. Majority of the people on earth have bought into the lie that being born black somehow makes one ''innately inferior.'' Because over the centuries many documents, books, media, films and so on have been produced to reduce the humanity of the African person in the public and private spaces around the globe. It has become the norm to mistreat and belittle dark and brown-skinned African people.
The first European navigators on the bay of Guinea observations are as fellow as they witness the beauty of the area, ''for days they traversed a countryside covered by magnificent fields, inhabited by men in colourful attire that they had woven themselves!'' (Diop., page 160). These men were coming from societies that demonized blackness as the ''other'' because of that curiosity many negative attitudes towards the ''other'' have become the norm. Their astonishment at their humanity truly highlights the misportrayed image of African people in European societies before the transatlantic slave trade.
European navigators and explorers were motivated by greed and monetary gain. Slavery of Africans was mainly an economic issue. As human beings we have consciousness. We are aware of right and wrong and slavery was wrong but the money needed to be made so, ''the black slave trade was never a safe business; it required justification; so they made the Negro half-animal, a piece of merchandise.'' (Diop., page 160). Through navies, firearms, manpower and the support of the crown ,''enabled it (Europe) to dominate the continent and to falsify the Negro's personality. (Diop., page 163).
The image of African people being demonized, vilified, otherized and inferiorized didn't happen by accident but it was the work of European scholars, academics, scientists, explorers and so on. Once it is understood that our image was tarnished for economic gain we can heal from a proper place of understanding.
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.''