From Black Africa Arose the Pharaohs by Richard Po
Richard uses his article “From Black Africa Arose the Pharaohs” to discredit those who downplay the contributions of early african civilizations. Poe uses scientific evidence to highlight and credit early africans for their rightful claim to the egyptian historical contribution. Poe blames modern media have skewed our vision of what egyptians really are, Africans. Film and popular culture will have us to believe that egyptians were white or arabic in nature. Poe mentions how the Greeks in the europeans are historically heralded for their mathematic and engineering achievements from which some are unjust claims.
There is a constant struggle between the euro centric thoughts versus that of african scholars. The article sparked my interest and inspired a more in depth research of the issue at hand. Through my research I learned; before Egypt was deemed the name Egypt it was known as Kemet. Kemet was a civilization entirely built and ruled by african americans. The way history is told we are mainly thought to believe that subjects such as calculus,engineering,astrology, and architecture are brought to us by the Greeks.
For example; one of greeks first scholars, philosopher, mathematician, and scientist was named Thales. Thales was the forefather for the teachings learned by Plato and Aristotle. Before being a scholar Thales traveled to what we now know to be Egypt in order to learn the science of geometry. Egypt was known to be an advanced civilization and students from various places of the world traveled there to be exposed to its wealth of knowledge. Thales used his learnings from Egypt and brought it back to Greece.
His learning were recorded, learned, and expanded through the generations that followed. The forefathers of Greek science hold the egyptian civilization in the highest regard due to their many advances. It is clear that Thales has recorded his trips to Egypt and accredited them to his advanced understand of his sciences. This alone traces the beginning of the Greek understanding of mathematics to be a byproduct of Egyptian teachings. Egypt’s contributions to this day cannot be denied.
The pyramids stand tall as constant reminder of the advance architecture and engineering skill possessed as such an early stage. Modern media couldn’t discredit the achievements so they discredited the people. They used the court of public opinion to try to strip Egypt away from Africa. Egypt is a part of Africa anyone with a map can see that is clear. So why is it when we see egypt in movies and books we rarely see the image of africans? Why is it when we think of math and engineering we think of greek philosophers and greek architecture?
I can fully understand the article of Richard Poe because his points stress the issue that we are becoming blind to the truth because we fail to look for it. The world envisions africans as uncivilized and simple tribes while euro centric writers paint the greeks and the europeans as world scholars. Movie scenes show vivid images of dark skinned men or savages in jungles with loin clothes and basic dialects used to imitate language for african cultures and the greeks and europeans are seen adored in the finest white fabrics and in the most lavish architectural spaces.
Lets be honest this is the image that millions upon millions of children are raised to believe across the world, myself included. Richard brings out the truth and shows us how the african civilization has been for lack of better term been taken for granted. Its rich history and ancestry has not just been contributions from its rich lands but also its contributions from its rich minds of the worlds first advanced civilization.