The way in which product packaging was used to make fun of and belittle Black people has been analyzed so far, including how the various forms of media, scholarly books, newspapers, television, movies and radio converged on the Black mind to destroy it. The question is why was the white mind so obsessed with the need to create a perverted Afrikan personality.
This chapter will focus attention on the birthplace of humanity to show how the parents of mankind actually looked, while learning about the Black skin. It will be discovered that far from being an abnormality or a deformity as the minstrels' period projected it, Black skin was really the original Mankind before mutation and other biological processes set in.
Not seen in the images presented so far are those of Kwame Nkhrumah, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and Patrice Lumumba which are strong brilliant images that Black children need to know about but never did, so this condition needs to be corrected before the good news can be told.
To tell the story of Afrika's people or the story of Black people, it would be necessary to start at the beginning of human time on the face of the earth, because at that time there was only one type of people on the earth, and they were all Black, made in the image of God their creator.
People were located on the continent of Afrika for the first four of five million years of hominid existence on the earth, and they were basically of the same biological stock. There was no other continent that was populated. This is what palaeontologists and others who studied this material have confirmed.
As Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop has indicated, there were six types of hominids that ultimately developed on the Afrikan continent. Only three of them developed there which were two types of Australopithecus. Homo habilis, Homo Erectus, Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens Sapiens. These were the ones that developed first on the continent of Afrika, while the last three left the continent to populate the rest of the world. Homo Sapiens Sapiens the type we are, were the ones that started out in Afrika and branched out to become the race that is known as the races of mankind.
Therefore, not only is Afrika's story that of the so called Black people, but Afrika's story is also the human story in its original form which is the cradle of humanity.
Stephen Gould, a Harvard professor who wrote the book, "The Mismeasure of Man", wrote an essay which asked why anthropologists, palaeontologists and others began to look so hard for the origins of humankind in Asia, and then spent a long time looking for it in Europe where there were no bones old enough there to explain human development. Eventually they had no choice but to take a different route which pointed to either the Asian or the Afrikan continent.
So for years, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, the commitment was to try and make certain that the human origin was not found in Afrika but in Asia. However, in the last few years, the case was closed because there was no data to support the origin of human beings starting anywhere else in the world other than in Afrika. So, as Gould said in this article, “the first man stood on his feet in Afrika, not in Asia”.
There is a distortion in the way information is presented about the physical world that parallels the distortion in which information is presented about everything else in the world. If a map of the world is used like the type accepted when a flat map is taken that is supposed to represent a round surface, the actual features have to be distorted on the ground in order to represent the globe on a flat surface. This is shown in the map on the right which is called the Mercator projection.
The map on the left is known as the Peters projection (1885) and was adopted by UNESCO. It shows less distortion of the ground features. If a globe were to be spread out on a flat piece of paper, one should be able to draw a map like the one on the left. The major difference is that the map on the left shows Afrika in relationship to Europe to be much greater in size. In reality Afrika is undoubtedly far larger than Europe by about 14 times the size, but looking at the more popular map on the right, Europe seems to be almost as big as Afrika.
This may seem like a small matter, but if someone is that distorted on geological features which can easily and clearly be plotted, just imagine what can happen when words and images are manipulated.
The United Nations general educational organization sponsored the development of the Peters Projection, but the map on the right is the one that everyone prefers to use in their educational institutions, though it continues to mis-educate both Black and white children, leaving white children with an exaggerated impression of what the physical size of their land is like when compared to Afrika.
Even the term minority is a peculiar example of perceptual distortion, because the people referred to as minorities are not so. As a matter of fact, Black people are the majority in the world, especially if you count the most recent Afrikan Blacks everywhere on the globe. In the first place, you could not count them only on the continent of Afrika where there are approximately 100 million people. 60 million reside in Brazil which has the largest Afrikoid population outside the Afrikan continent, with approximately 38 million in the United States. Then when India is considered, there is another large Afrikan population there known as Dravidians. There are also Afrikan populations that are spread out through the pacific, the Caribbean and so forth, so when all those are added up they can never be referred to as a minority group.
It is only in the sense of the United States boundaries that you can say that this is an ethnic minority group, but it is not minor in the sense that it is small or unimportant, only to the extent that Blacks refuse to connect themselves to their own cultural and historical identities.
If a West Indian thinks of himself simply as beginning with slavery, which is basically when the West Indies was largely populated with Black people, and he does not see his antecedents nor his connections to Afrikan-Americans but only sees himself as a Barbadian, Haitian, St. Lucian or Caribbean, or if an Afrikan-American believes the most that can be said about him is that "He is a Negro or Black", then they will never see their connection to the Afro-Brazilian for example. Modern insanity therefore arises when one is disconnected from natural kinds of alliances or from one's historical and cultural antecedents.
This perception needs to be corrected. According to geologists, Afrika was the centre of the world's land masses approximately 175 million years ago as pictured on the map of the world on the left. They explained that by continental drifts the continents began to take shape, though Afrika still remained at the centre of the land masses. The picture on the right is about 50 million years ago, but it was not until around 5 million years ago that hominids began to appear on the planet. This is relatively recent in terms of time where there were human like creatures, which is what hominids mean.
This particular issue of National Geographic (November 1985) is very special, because for the first time information was summed up that lead to two important and inescapable conclusions. One of the points mentioned can be summed up by this conclusion, "Today Africa is recognized as the very cradle of the human race". In other words, it is overwhelmingly clear that all human beings on the face of the earth today were originally Afrikans, and this was stated by a publication that is highly respected, the National Geographic.
There is a second conclusion that is hidden in the article which is captured here. "Skin colour was probable dark, an evolutionary adaptation to the tropical sun".
Well, we all know that the "probably" is an understatement and that skin colour had to be dark.
There are no historical records of any “white tropical population” anywhere in the world. In fact, what we see and call colour in human beings is simply the biological adaptation of a people to the kinds of climatic and food conditions that they encounter, so the Afrikans, in order to live in the heat with the penetrating rays of the sun must be pigmented, otherwise they would become unhealthy or die.
That same pigmentation would be disadvantageous at the North Pole for example, or in the northern climate during the geological periods of the ice age, where whites, in order to live there, would have found a way to adapt so they could get vitamin D from the sun through a reduction in pigment. Those who reduced their colour would have lived, but those who maintained it would not have done so well. If you were to shift those populations around, then they would each be in the wrong biological environment until such a time that they could find a way to adapt.
Glogers law in biology cited by Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop clearly stated that warm blooded animals in the tropics secrete pigment or melanin, which is a sort of protective colouration that allows energy from the sun to be literally transformed and absorbed without creating any harmful effects on Black people, so these early species had to be undoubtedly Black.
Obviously in a non-racist world this type of information would not be needed, but the issue goes back to those manipulations of images, and the dissemination of false information like what was said about Black people by the so called "world's great" historians like Toynbee. "Black people are the only group of people on the face of the earth that never created a civilization".
Georg Hegel said "Afrika is no part of human history, anything we see in Afrika that's historical belongs to the Asiatic or European world, what we see in Afrika as historical is located in Egypt and doesn't belong to Afrika, what we know of Afrika belongs to the underdeveloped period still on the threshold of human history".
Once again the assault on the Black mind, Black intelligence and Black history is evident. Remember it was stated that Egyptologists, palaeontologists, anthropologists turned their focus and looked towards Europe as the origin of mankind. With nothing to support these claims in Europe, they then decided to go to Asia as a more acceptable location rather than to Afrika.
This was because Asia was closer to being white in colour; but by that time those studies of the origins of humankind were studies that had taken place after the period of slavery. Therefore they had 400 years of trying to justify the enslavement of the Afrikan people, so it is now the children of the enslavers who were spending this time protecting the justification oftentimes subliminally without even being aware that this is what they are doing. They had inherited an opinion about Black people which they continued trying to justify through scientific means, but this was not true of Asia since they were not an enslaved people.
In this picture it is important to draw attention not only to Richard Leakey on the right who was one of the leaders in the expedition to uncover the bones of hominids in East Afrika where they are most plentiful, but also to Kimoy Kimu on the left. It is important to give credit to these Afrikans who find the bones, because most people display the Leakeys but never show the people who actually find the bones, and Kimoy is one of the greatest finders of old bones. It is said that he has an uncanny knack for finding bones in places where it looks like there is nothing but rocks. There are other Afrikans like those on the hominid gang who are uncovering the bones of their ancestors, but the credit hardly ever goes to them. That is one reason for providing this picture with Kimoy and his assistant Richard Leakey together.
Look at the map of Afrika and note that the middle of East Afrika is where most of the major finds occur.
It is in the East and South Afrikan areas that all the bones of early man for the first couple million years of the five million year period are located, since they do not appear anywhere else in the world. In fact, they never left the continent until around one million years ago when one group of them left the continent and went to Asia.
Those species were the Australopithecus Gracile, Australopithecus robustus and Homo Habilis that never left the continent of Afrika and are found only on the continent of Afrika. That brings us to about two million years ago.
Australopithecus Gracile Australopithecus robustus Homo Habilis
Homo erectus then left the Afrika continent and journeyed to Asia where they could be found about one million years ago. However, they were not found in Europe until about 500,000 years ago, at which point the Neanderthal was present. Then about 130,000 years ago came Homo Sapiens Sapiens or modern man, who was located on the Afrikan continent.
Homo erectus Neanderthal Homo Sapiens Sapiens
These can all be taken back fairly reliably using different types of dating techniques to at least 110,000 to 150,000 years ago in Afrika, and it was this group of people who, like the other five, went down the Nile river heading north towards the land bridge to Asia. Then about half a million years ago they arrived on the European continent. Note that neither North nor South America even figures into this equation at all until around 12,000 to 13,000 years ago.
Note what happens when one tries to put skin and flesh on the skeletal remains using the latest forensic techniques, in an effort to recreate how the facial characteristics might have looked. This image was taken from Time Magazine showing Richard Leakey with Homo habilis, one of species that never left Afrika.
Note what Homo habilis looked like as he had to be pigmented and very dark skinned. This is an example of what happens through forensic methods when there is an attempt to add the skin to a skeleton with fine measurements to determine what the facial features might have looked if it had the skin attached to it.
This is important because of the argument that was made suggesting that God created man in about four different locations as separate creations, namely the European creation, the Asian creation, and the Afrikan creation. This is known as the polygenetic theory which no longer has any legs to stand on. There is only the monogenetic theory which clearly states that we all originated from one source only, where the “Afrikan Eve” is the source of all humankind.
After several of these bones were continuously being dug up in Afrika clearly showing an Afrikan origin, suddenly a Piltdown man was discovered in Europe. This is the Piltdown man, who outside of England, was supposed to be about 250,000 years old.
It turned out that for 30 years the scientific establishment had accepted this as true when in fact it was a total hoax because “Piltdown Man was nothing more than a human skull with an orangutan’s jaw that had been treated with chemicals and buried in the ground to make it appear as though it were about 250,000 years old."
There is an article in The World Book Encyclopaedia about Piltdown Man which showed that the whole institution was either fooled or willingly wanted to believe in this hoax because it would have given Europe its own independent feeling of antiquity that would have been independent of Asia and Afrika.
What came to the surface was that Afrika is the cradle of humankind, and this took place over a period of about 5 million years, but not only is Afrika the cradle of the human species or all six of the human types, it is also the cradle of civilization because Black Afrikan people were the ones who created the world's first civilization.
What is important for Black people to keep in mind and understand clearly is that the world's first and earliest civilization for which there are fairly thorough records, was a Black Afrikan civilization or an Egyptian or Kemetic civilization. However, that civilization is itself the offspring of an even older civilization through its own admission. It looked to the South for its source of inspiration which was Ethiopia or Cush (Kush), its Afrikan name. Ethiopia is simply the Greek word that serves to describe the people south of Egypt.
Therefore from the beginning of civilization there was a movement down the Nile Valley which is a 4,000 mile highway from the heart of the Afrikan continent down where the builders of civilization travelled from the middle of the heart of Afrika. This is the same location where all the beginnings of the hominids started, building first in Cush, then Kemet, and from Kemet out through Asia into Babylonia, finally branching into the rest of the world.
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