I posted this during the summer, laughing at how ridiculous this depiction of Egyptians was. The picture is from an illustrated Bible storybook. I checked the publishing date, which said it was published in the 70s. I was like, “wow, as recently as the 70s people still thought Egyptian were white!”
I was stupid and naïve to believe that white supremacy would let that go. Between Gods of Egypt and Exodus, I can see that the ideal of the European miracle is still alive and well,even with overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Except this time it’s attached to white, and the idea that white people are the center of civilization, of development, and even of race.
So Egypt, one of the cradles of civilization couldn’t have been created by black and brown people, right? They wouldn’t have worshipped Gods who aren’t white, right? That’s preposterous!
This is what is reproduced. This is what is shown to people of color. That we aren’t worthy to tell our own stories. That whiteness is the center from which everything grows.
And it’s not true. We KNOW it’s not true. But yet these racist practices are tossed around and around, couched in new language.
“We just chose the best actor for the role”
“We just want to use actors that everyone knew!”
“Well we don’t know for sure the race of the ancient Egyptians. Do Gods even have a race?”
Notice how all of these default to white. Without fail. I’m so tired of hearing these arguments because THEY MEAN NOTHING. The result is always the same. Every time.
America is far from the post-racial, anti-racist culture is claims to be. In fact, I would so far as to say that this is yet another part of the colonial project.
You took our lands, our lives, our cultures,and called them your own.
And now, you’re doing the same with our stories.
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