By Veronica Mackey
If we don’t learn from our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them.
Various struggles of the black race, evidenced by negative self image, poor health and economic dependency are the result of many years of oppression. The ideology of racism against dark-skinned people is deeply rooted and exists on every continent. But the truth is, black men once dominated the earth, and if this potential for greatness could be collectively realized, they could rule again.
As the “original man,” placed in the Garden of Eden, sons of Africa were given, “complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth (Genesis 1:26).” Scientists recently confirmed the Biblical account that Eve was the first known woman and mother of the human race. She is believed to have lived in East Africa about 150,000 years ago.
The history of the black man is the history of all mankind. In a book entitled, The Destruction of Black Civilization, author Chancellor Williams documents the journey of the black man in Africa before Christ.
The ancient history of Africa, in some ways, parallels the history of blacks in America. Africa once covered over 12,000,000 square miles. Eons ago (3200-2250 B.C.), it was virtually impervious to outside forces, being protected on all sides by water, desert, and sheer barrenness.
As the only accessible land entry into Africa on the northeastern tip, Egypt was highly prized by Asians and Europeans, but its precious mineral soil belonged to blacks in the south.
Asians and whites began to settle in Africa around the northern tip of Egypt. As the gateway to Asia and Europe, it became a prime piece of real estate for commerce and trade. Asians occupied Lower Egypt, while blacks remained in Upper Egypt or migrated south near the Nile Delta and Valley—areas with the richest concentration of minerals. Asians sought control over the entire Ethiopian region as well as all of Egypt.
Historian Josephus places the Hyksos, known as the “Children of Israel,” in Egypt around 1720 B.C. They ruled for 250-400 years, depending on which historian’s accounts you read. During this time, the Semites or Hebrews also began to occupy Egypt.
Asians held the keys to commerce. They blocked the seaports and hindered blacks in the south from world trade. Lower Egypt, however, was not an island. Southern Africa held the richest resources. The gold, copper and tin mines were there, as were the papyrus plants used for making paper.
When military force failed to drive the blacks out, Asians used a new weapon called integration. They promoted marriage of royal males to the oldest sisters of African kings. The first-born male would be the number one candidate for the throne. Racial mixing, of course, was inevitable. Asians and their Mulatto offspring began to dominate their darker counterparts.
Through centralization of power (integration), agriculture, industrial development, science, the arts, engineering, massive building programs, mining and ship building flourished. What resulted during the first five dynasties was a flurry of trading activity.
Meanwhile, a turf war was brewing between various black religious cults and decentralization of power opened the doors for Asian expansion.
Kings, Queens and Dynasties
The Great Eighteenth Dynasty was a prosperous period in African history, distinguished by ruling Black Egyptian Queens Nefertari and Hatshepsut and Kings Ahmose I and Thutmose I. Nefertari, husband King Ahmose I, and son Amemhotep worked together to reconstruct the nation.
The daughter of King Thutmose I, Queen Hatshepsut, was considered one of the most brilliant minds in African history. She focused on expanding foreign trade, diplomatic relations, military development, building and securing the northern and southern boundaries. Eventually, Thutmose III became king. Unwilling to reign under the shadow of Hatshepsut he, like Asians and Europeans before him, tried to obliterate the queen’s great accomplishments. He took credit for Hatshepsut’s achievements by chiseling out her name on monuments, temples and various artifacts, and replacing them with his name and that of his brother.
Note: This article, originally published in 2003 in Family Health Guide, has been edited.