Yes, I’m back.
Lol. Been on a hiatus for the past couple of weeks; too many things going on within and without that have really taken a toll on my writing ability and my writing time.
At last though, I have returned to drink the words that are water again. This blog has really helped to keep my creative spirit alive, and sometimes even exorcise the demons that have crowded me at times.
With that being said, an incessant argument that has been going on for, well, ALL TIME, but has recently become more prevalent has really left me dumbfounded and, in fact, at a loss at the audacity certain people have to make bogus claims and believe in them (<—– that is one ugly sentence).
I'm sure many of you have noticed it before, but if not, this is the argument in its purest form:
"Ancient Egyptians were/were not dark-skinned".
I mean, crazy that this is even an issue.
I'm reminded of a quote by the great Neil DeGrasse Tyson, where he said "The good thing about science is that its true whether you believe it or not."
Science, the very same science that is the truth of the world, tells us that the ancient civilizations that evolved from our very distant ancestors in Africa and Ancient Sumeria were dark-skinned. How? Well, they evolved with extra melanin in their skin, a pigment that allowed them to absorb the sunlight coming down on them while dissipating most, if not all, of the dangerous UV radiation. This mutation occured because humans are adaptable, and in that case we had to adapt to our environment and atmosphere. Ancient Africa = very hot and bright sun. I mean, its still hot over there.
I know I am putting this in very simple, Wikipedia-like terms, but the reason for this is because it baffles me that people are really arguing about this. I’ve heard things like “well, why are all the Egyptians in the movies light-skinned?” to “there were white people in Africa back then!” as defenses for those who are arguing for the…THE WRONG SIDE.
Let’s lay all our cards on the table here. This is not about what is true or what is not. This is not about this being a scientific theory or scientific fact.
This is about racism.
This about how certain individuals can’t handle, nay, can’t even fathom the idea that one of the most civilized, progressive, inventive, and intelligent peoples of all time were not white. So much so that they are willing to turn a blind eye to scientific, proven fact.
Its as simple as that. And its ridiculous.