Greeks dating blacks

THE BLACK GREEKS To deny the African origin of Grecian civilization the Eurocentrists attack Martin Bernal's book: Black Athena. In the two volumes published thus far, Bernal maintains that Semites from Phoenicia and the Semitic Hyksos speaking rulers of Egypt, took civilization to Greece, not Black Africans. These scholars have reviewed the writings of the classical authors, the anthropological, linguistic and historical evidence to reach the conclusion that the ancient Greeks were blacks and that the European Greeks learned the liberal arts and sciences from their "black ancestors" who first settled Greece and the Egyptians.

Rogers in Sex and Race, Parker, Diop and Du Bois on the other hand, are Afrocentric scholars.

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The battle between Thesus and the Amazons, led by Queen Melanippe, records the conflicts between the ancient Aryan-Greeks and the Libyans settled around the Black Sea. Lefkowitz (1992) and Snowden (1992,1976) perpetuate the myth that the only blacks in ancient Europe were slaves or mercenaries. Parker wrote that: "I need not go into details concerning the ethnical relations of the Romans, since they, too are Mediterranean and are closely related to the same African confederation of races ...[situated in Greece]. The Aenead, like the Illiad, and Odyssey and all other of the world's great epics, is the poetic story dealing with African people".

This is false the Greek historical works make it clear that many ancient settlers of the Aegean came from Africa , especially the Garamantes and Pelasgians. The heroes of these tales used long shields, the characteristic shields of the Indo-European speaking Greeks were round.

Yet, those Afrocentric scholars such as Du Bois, Diop (1974,1991), J. Rogers, Parker (1917,1918), Winters (1983b,1985b,1989a,1989b) use up-to-date sources to prove historical facts about the African past, even before Diop used primary sources to illuminate the African past.

These Afrocentric ,scholars of African and African-American origin because of their unique character as a black people unaware of their specific original African home have not been blinded by ethnocentrism to look for the history of blacks in one part of Africa and the world.

Trigger observed that: "Although he [Bernal] has acquired an enthusiastic following among exponents of negritude and occasionally describes some of the Egyptian Pharaohs as "black" or "Nubian", he aligns himself not with Anta Diop but with more moderate "Negro intellectuals"...see Egypt as essentially African" .

Bernal (1987,1991) believes that the Greeks resulted from a mixture of European and (Semitic speaking) Mediterranean people.

In volume 2 of Black Athena , Bernal outlines his thesis that the "Egyptians" founded Greek civilization.

But these "Egyptians" are not blacks, they are Semitic speakers.

This view on the continuity between the Linear B Greeks and later Greeks held by Lefkowitz is disputed by Hopper who noted that " after all, so much which characterizes Minoan Crete seems wholly alien to later Greece, despite the efforts of scholars to detect 'continuity' " .

Given the wealth of Afrocentric literature it would seem logical that the Eurocentric "resisters" review these works, and point out the weaknesses within these text to prove that Afrocen- trism is a "myth" (Lefkowitz 1992).

This view is not held by Afrocentric scholars who recognize that the founders of Athens and Attica were blacks.

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