By David Maillu
Published December 13, 2017
When a Blackman wins something astronomical many white people would try to link that success to influence of white people on them. For example, white people published theories about why Kenyan Kipchoge Hezekiah Keino had won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1500-metre men’s race in Mexico in 1968 and 3000-metres steeplechase in Munich in 1972 describing his physical features as Caucasian.
With dominance of Olympic races by Africans these days, Europeans no longer claim that black people run like that because they are born and brought up in a wild environment.
Nothing has been more dramatic than the Whiteman’s assertions that black people were not responsible for building the Egyptian pyramids. White Egyptologists, anthropologists, historians and Hollywood moviemakers continue to deny African people’s role in humankind’s first and greatest civilisation in ancient Egypt.
This was till a Senegalese, the late Cheikh Anta Diop, a historian, anthropologist and physicist who studied the human race’s origins and pre-colonial African culture scientifically challenged Eurocentric and Arab-centric views of precolonial African culture denial of having its origins in Black Africa. Diop proved that the ancient Egyptians were dark-skinned African people. He reasoned that a Black race existed in Egypt at that time and did not migrate at a later stage as some previous theories had suggested.
Dr Diop invented a method for determining the level of melanin in the skin of human beings. Melanin is the chemical responsible for skin pigmentation and it is preserved for millions of years in the skins of fossil animals. Diop conducted the melanin test on Egyptian mummies at the Museum of Man in Paris, and determined the levels found in the dermis and epidermis of a small sample would classify all ancient Egyptians as “unquestionably among the Black races. Diop noted that “Egyptians had only one term to designate themselves: KMT, which literally means ‘the Blacks.’ This is the strongest term existing in the Pharaonic tongue to indicate blackness.
But even when the Whiteman has finally accepted that the Pharaohs were black people and the pyramids were built by black people, still most Whiteman’s psychology of discrediting black people’s success is an extremely die hard stand.
While dealing with white people, black people should bear in mind that many white people still believe that the Blackman is intellectual inferior to the Whiteman.