5 Eurocentric Myths About Black History, and Pictures That Disprove Them

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It Was Europeans Who Carried Civilization to ‘Primitive Africans’  

Not only were African people the first people on the planet, but there is plenty of evidence to show that Black people built and maintained many of the world’s earliest and most magnificent civilizations.

The Greeks are considered by many Euro-American scholars to be the first civilized Europeans. But a preponderance of evidence demonstrates that this Mediterranean society has the Black Africans of the Nile Valley to thank for their contributions to Grecian art, architecture, math and science.

The Greeks passed on this acquired culture to the Romans who ultimately lost it, thus initiating the Dark Ages that lasted for 500 years. Civilization was again restored to Europe when another group of Black Africans, the Moors, brought the Dark Ages to an end.

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Black People Created No Great Monuments

Even if one refuses to give Black people credit for their architectural feats in Kemet (Egypt), it should be known that for centuries after Egypt fell to invaders from the north, Nubia continued the tradition of marking royal tombs with pyramids, like the ones in Meroë, shown above. Today, Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt.

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Black Africans Were Illiterate and Only Had Oral History

The Nsibidi set of symbols is independent of Phoenician, Roman, Latin or Arabic influence and is believed by some scholars to date back to 5000 B.C. It’s most notably used by the Uguakima and Ejagham (Ekoi) people of Nigeria and Cameroon, but it was also used by the nearby Ebe, Efik, Ibibio, Igbo and Uyanga people.

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Africa Built No Institutions of Higher Learning Before Europeans Came

In the 12th century, while Oxford and Cambridge were just getting founded, Timbuktu in Mali already had three thriving universities and more than 180 Quranic schools.

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Africans Made No Worthwhile Contribution to Mathematics 

The earliest numerical record found to date, about 37,000 years old, comes from the Lebombo Mountains between Swaziland and South Africa. It is a fossilized piece of baboon bone with 29 well-defined notches. The notches are evenly spaced and appear to represent a lunar calendar.

About 25,000 years ago, on the shores of Lake Rutanzige (formerly called Lake Edward) between Zaire and Uganda, a pattern of tallies was carved on a bone by the Ishango people. This Ishango pattern suggests some understanding of the principle of multiplication and division by two and prime numbers.

An analysis by Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis of McGill University in Montreal suggested the Greeks borrowed their number system, alphabetic numerals from Egyptian demotic numerals, used in Egypt from the late eighth century B.C. until around A.D. 450.

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