Why do many in the world have such a negative opinion about the continent of Africa? Are they justified in feeling this way? To find the answer, we must take a quick trip back in history.
Let's view history from another viewpoint, not from American history books. There's a big difference as you will see.
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Early Egyptians were black people:
Aristotle wrote in Physiognomonica that "the Ethiopians and Egyptians are very black." Herodotus (also a Greek historian) adds that the ancient Egyptians had "black skin and wooly hair." This vital historical information was not shared in American history books. Egyptians skin color changed from black to lighter shades after invasions from other countries.
Contrary to what we've been taught in school for years, Africa was the beginning of civilization. Africa had kingdoms that operated thriving cities, functioning governments, writing systems, medicine, military, agriculture. There were Egypt, Djenné, Timbuktu, Eredo, Benin, and Great Zimbabwe just to name a few.
In 1691, the Portuguese ship captain Lourenco Pinto observed one such city:
“Great Benin, where the king resides, is larger than Lisbon; all the streets run straight and as far as the eye can see. The houses are large, especially that of the king, which is richly decorated and has fine columns. The city is wealthy and industrious. It is so well governed that theft is unknown and the people live in such security that they have no doors to their houses.”
Africans were also known for their pleasantness towards others:
A statement once attributed to the Greek Poet Homer on a visit to Africa:
"In ancient times the blacks were known to be so gentle to
strangers that many believed that the gods sprang from them.
Homer sings of the Ocean, father of the gods; and says that
when Jupiter wishes to take a holiday, he visits the sea,
and goes to the banquets of the blacks,--a people humble,
courteous, and devout."
Don't get it wrong. Africa was not a total paradise, but it also wasn't a total waste land. There were also savagetry going on among various tribes in Africa with uncivilized tribes committing atrocious acts such as human sacrafices, eating blood, female genital mutilation, etc. But there were also thriving communities with healthy and happy people. It depended on which part of the continent you visited. read more>>
Africans were so advanced in their civilization, and it's well documented how they taught Greek scholars and philosophers in mathematics, astronomy, geometry, theology, and philosophy. Plato studied for a period of 13 years in Africa.
These Greek scholars would take this knowledge back to Greece to make their government stronger. The Greeks never denied they borrowed this knowledge and used it as their own. Aristotle, one of the greatest of Greek philosophers acknowledged that by saying; “Egypt was the cradle of mathematics”
Thales, who is credited with being the father of science also studied in Africa. Plato records that Thales was educated in Egypt under the priests: "Thales was well and truly indebted to Egypt for his education." The science of geometry was invented in Africa by Africans, and Thales transferred the speculative science of geometry to Greece. So wouldn't it be fair to call the Egyptian priest the real fathers of science?
Why is reporting accurate historical events necessary? Because the human family is entitled to the truth. Europeans called Thales the "Father of Science." In reality, the Africans taught him everything he knew and performed these scientific calculations first. The same can be said for Hippocrates as the "Father of Medicine." and Pythagoras, as the "Father of Mathematics."
A western civilization built on the backs of Greek philosophers held the white man as the centerpiece of world history. But in reality, it was significant African influence that had a hand in building it. Information that even remotely dealt with African culture was deliberately left out or glazed over in American history book.
This not only short changed black people who were never told about their incredible heritage but also white people because many would look down upon darker skinned blacks as useless members of society who contributed nothing to humanity. So in that sense, historians are a disgrace to us all.
Africans gave their knowledge freely to the Europeans without restrictions but would get stabbed in the back later, with slavery and colonialism. During the 16th century, the whites which by then had perfected this African experience and made it their own began to claim white superiority over black people worldwide.
White culture would make claims that blacks were uncivilized animals that deserved to be slaves. In war, it was customary for soldiers to destroy everything associated with black culture and civilization. This is why much of African history has been erased.
As if the Trans Atlantic slave trade wasn't enough destruction for the continent, the colonial rule era would also play a huge role in Africa's downfall. Whites completely controlled and dominated Africa to her ruin. They accomplished this by proclaiming to bring civilization to the continent during the infamous "Scramble for Africa."
But greed was on their minds and was so great that they developed a total disregard for human life and property. It ruined Africa. They even set up an organization called the Berlin Conference, so they wouldn't step on each other's toes in their pillaging and murder.
To his credit, Franklin D. Roosevelt who was the 32nd President of the United States attempted to eradicate colonialism after WWII but found resistance with the Brittish who profited immensely from this inhumane behavior. England was the king of colonialism. Roosevelt once commented on a trip he made to Brittish Gambia:
"I think there are about three million inhabitants, of whom one hundred and fifty are white. And it's the most horrible thing I have ever seen in my life. I was there twice. The natives are five thousand years back of us. The disease is rampant. It's a terrible place for disease. And I looked it up, with a little study, and I got to the point of view that for every dollar that the British, who have been there for two hundred years, have put into Gambia, they have taken out ten. It's just plain exploitation of those people. There is no education whatsoever."
So, it becomes clear the reason Africa is in such a sad state today. It's because whites stepped foot upon their soil. Many Asian and Middle Eastern countries suffered the same fate. Before they arrived, Africa was a relatively peaceful land, rich in natural resources and unmatched beauty.
When the colonial rulers finally did leave the invaded land, it left a power vacuum over the continent, and rogue Africans warlords sought to gain power. This led to many wars and unrest. This resulted in much pain and suffering for the inhabitants of Africa, a condition that still exists to this day.
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