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Who were the Ancient Egyptians? Articles Referenced: Diop, “What Were the Egyptians?” pp. 1-10 Davidson, Basil, “The Ancient World and Africa: Whose Roots?” pp. 318-313
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Main Questions of Articles Were the Ancient Egyptians Africans? What, if any, are the arguments against Egyptians being of African origin? And where did they come from? What are the valid arguments for Egyptians being of African origin? What is the common consensus today?
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Contemporary Views Eyewitnesses of the period affirm Egyptians were Blacks (most notably the Greeks). However, the article by Davidson speaks of strong objections to this view by Europeans and North Americans.
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A Comment on post-contemporary views “…the land of ancient Egypt appears to have detached itself from the delta of the Nile, some fifty-five hundred years ago, and sailed of into the Mediterranean on a course veering broadly toward the coasts of Syria. And there it apparently remained, floating somewhere in the seas of the Levant, until Arab conquerors hauled it back to where it once belonged.” (Davidson, pg. 319)
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Where did this view come from? That the Ancient Egyptians were black is a belief denied in Europe since 1830; “new racism.” It is a denial associated with the rise of modern European Imperialism. Stems from “old racism” from about 1630 when the Atlantic trade in enslavement reached its peak.
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“Old Racism” to “New Racism” “The racism that we know was born in Europe and America from the cultural need to justify doing to black people, doing to Africans, what could not morally be done to white people, and least of all to Europeans. To justify the enslavement of Africans, in short, it was culturally necessary to believe, that Africans were inherently and naturally less human, were beings of somehow subhuman, nonhuman, nature.” (Davidson, pg. 320) Such views were used to justify enslaving and invading Africans
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Consequences Hegel on African history: “The Negro… exhibits the natural man in his completely wild and untamed state… for [Africa] is no
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2009 for the course AS&RC 205 taught by Professor Bekerie, a during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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