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IN REFUTATION OF THE BELL CURVE(BLACK INFERIORITY LIE),GREEKS STEALING CULTURE FROM BLACK EGYPT ET AL BY BROTHER AHATI N.N. TOURE AT CWO.COM

July 17, 2008

FROM cwo.com

THE GLOBAL AFRICAN COMMUNITY

H I S T O R Y N O T E S

IN REFUTATION OF THE BELL CURVE

By AHATI N. N. TOURE

Posted by RUNOKO RASHIDI

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If there were any validity to the notion that Europeans are or have ever been permanently and by nature superior to Afrikans — and that Afrikans are hopelessly inferior to them — we would see this played out in history. History is, after all, the record of a people’s accomplishments and failures. History would uphold the irrefutable record of European superiority over Afrikans since time immemorial.

That history would be able to do such a thing would be a miraculous feat indeed, especially when one considers that Europeans came into being 130,000 years after Afrikans had inhabited the entire planet and that they themselves are descendants of those Afrikans who found themselves trapped in Europe’s great ice age roughly 30,000 years ago.

In other words, if white supremacy were something that could pretend to be scientifically verified at all, we should be able to demonstrate in history that at no time were Europeans not superior to Afrikans by any measure we care to look at.

This is precisely the argument of the nineteenth century white supremacist scholars Josiah C. Nott and George R. Gliddon, who held that the “caucasian races … have always been the representatives of civilization.” Unlike all other peoples in the world, the Caucasian has never adopted any other peoples’ religions and has never been ruled by others, they boasted. The Caucasian can take credit for all the great sciences, invention, literature, poetry, religion and the most celebrated names in human history.

The white supremacist intellectual John Campbell, in his 1851 refutation, Negro-Mania: Being An Examination of the Falsely Assumed Equality of the Various Races of Man, rather hysterically agreed. “I take it for granted that no dark race of man has ever been equal to the white race.” Indeed, insisted Campbell, “never at any given time from the most infinitely remote antiquity until now, has there ever appeared a race of negroes, that is men with woolly heads, flat noses, thick and protruding lips, who has ever emerged from a state of savageism or barbarism, to even demi civilization.”

Real scholarship could not uphold that fiction and a few courageous European scholars broke ranks with the conspiracy of fabrication and acknowledged the historical realities. Constantin de Volney, a French scholar who visited Egypt between 1783-1785, remarked that the “ancient Egyptians were true Negroes of the same type as all native-born Africans. … Just think that this race of black men, today our slave and the object of our scorn, is the very same race to which we owe our arts, sciences and even the use of speech!”

Another French scholar during the earlier part of the twentieth century noted that “An African country, Egypt, thousands of years old, still presents, practically intact today, the most venerable monuments of antiquity. At a time when all Europe was only savagery, when Paris and London were swamps, when Rome and Athens uninhabited sites, Africa already possessed an antique civilization in the valley of the Nile; it had populous cities, the labor of generations on the same soil, great public works, sciences and arts; it had already produced gods.”

In a most surprising admission, the nineteenth century French scholar Jean-Francois Champollion, the reputed father of Egyptology, said of Europeans during the time of the Afrikan pharaohs: “what we call flesh-colored, a white skin of the most delicate shade, a nose straight or slightly arched, blue eyes, blond or reddish beard, tall stature and very slender, clad in hairy ox-skin, [was] a veritable savage tattooed on various parts of his body.”

Of the peoples known to Afrikans of the ancient world, Champollion said Europeans were the least advanced. “I am ashamed to say so, since our race is the last and most savage,” he admits. “Europeans … in those remote epochs did not cut too fine a figure in the world. In this category we must include all blonds and white-skinned people living not only in Europe, but Asia as well.”

One twentieth century Euro-American scholar made the rather remarkable statement in a text on western civilization that the chief accomplishment of Europeans prior to the Greeks was to leave mounds of garbage heaps as a legacy of European civilization. And as regards the ancient Greeks, even the nineteenth century French archaeologist Abbe Emile Amelineau objected to the false credit given to them as the creators of so-called western civilization. “I fail to see why ancient Greece should reap all the honor for ideas she borrowed from Egypt,” he said.

Europeans had more than one low point in their time during which they faced Afrikans who were more advanced. Muslim Afrikans, known as Moors, who conquered and ruled southern Spain for nearly 800 years beginning in 715 CE, helped pull Europe out of its period of ignorance, the so-called Dark Ages, which lasted from 500 to 1000 CE. “At a time when even European kings could not read or write and 99 percent of Christian Europe was illiterate, the Moors made education universal,” notes one scholar. “And in the 10th and 11th centuries when Europe had no public libraries and only two significant universities, the Moors gave Spain more than 70 public libraries, built Spain seventeen famous universities and established an observatory at Seville.”

The lesson here is that every one has fallen on hard times at one time or another — even Europeans. Based on the historical record, it would have been quite easy for someone to have argued that Europeans were hopelessly inferior to Afrikans. What we know to be true, however, is that all peoples have achieved greatness in their own ways. All have experienced their glorious highs and their embarrassing lows. This is simply the nature of the human experience.

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