I just finished reading Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization (Exploding the Myths) VOL.1. This book was published in 1992; I was 3 years old at the time, I am now 25 and I had the great opportunity to learn information that has not been formally introduced to me in my years of scholastic studies.
This book explores how the Nile Valley Civilization of Egypt greatly influenced Western Civilization. For me, more importantly, it presents this information in an accurate, factual, and truthful light. How? It speaks of the Nile Valleys original African origins before becoming colonized by other nations.
Because of the current inhabitants of Egypt, many still believe the Egyptians to be white. It is so important for this misconception to be corrected because of the constant and negative notions about Africa and it’s people. It has become far to common for people to believe that the dark-skinned people of that continent are incapable of anything important or respectable in society. It is hurtful in numerous ways to individuals, communities, societies expanding across countries to other continents thus negatively affecting our entire world. We can see this here today, after thousands of years of mistreatment and oppression, the effects of the mentality of that time is still lingering. It is lingering in the minds of the individuals who go to social media to post comments of their negative, prejudice associations of black people. If you go to Twitter and type in certain hashtags or key words you are sure to find some kind of put-down to black people.
I have experienced this myself when using the hashtag Black Girls Rock and finding the suggested hashtag Black Girls Stop. This hashtag was used by individuals to showcase negative images and perceptions of black women. I just wanted to put a positive and empowering message out there and immediately I was met with the negativity that I try to escape.
Although this book was written quite recently there has been other books and research available in the past thousands of years that support the African origins of Egypt. So this information is not new, it has just been either hidden or altered. Hopefully, with this knowledge of how information is distorted, we can all begin to think and live our lives with a clearer mind. With this, maybe we can form a civilization that isn’t built on the oppression and hardships of a people.