Deidra Ramsey McIntyre, African-Centered Researcher and Writer
Because White race became familiar with “whitening” global history into a realm that that the majority comforts them. doesn’t mean it had been true.
The first historian to call the people of Kemet black, was Herodotus. So, to non-indigenous Africans, the Remetch (people of Kemet) were black people (with crisp/curly hair to boot).
From Herodotus in around 425 BCE to Diodorus Siculus at around 60 to 30 BCE, every…. EVERY… Geek and Roman civilization writer wrote that the people of Kemet weren’t only black, not only with crisp/curly hair, but also descended and appearing physically an equivalent as “Aithiopians” (a generic Greek term for the black people living immediately South of Kemet – i.e. Nubia/Kush/Sudan … and for black people anywhere within the world they found them globally).
So, “Aithiopians” and “Egyptians” were physically an equivalent. Both were black with curly/crisp hair. They both practitioners of male circumcision. Both with an equivalent religion origins, etc. the sole time we specifically see a change in classic writers is with Strabo, writing sometime after 7 BCE and before his death in 23 CE.
Strabo specifically names the Ptolemies because the rulers (even more interesting is that Herodotus writes during the later era of Persian rule and still only sees black people), and describes those Egyptians as resembling populations in Northern India.
So, even Strabo – born in Turkey – but of the Greco-Roman (more Roman) period, still sees Ptolemaic Egypt as more Asian than European! Strabo goes on to write down that Aithiopians (Nubians), Persians, and Southern Indians look alike complexion wise but differing in hair.
So, the Persians are still black at now .
So, to be clear NONE of the classic European writers ever describes “Ancient Egyptians” as looking like them – who were White race .
In most instances, they described black people as we all know black people today – not passing for White race within the least – or in the case of Strabo’s Ptolemies as looking never white but not black either.
But then again, all of this will be seen within the artifacts left by the Remetch and Greco-Romans themselves.
These are the Greco-Roman (more closer to the Roman period) Ancient Egyptians of Strabo’s era. A mixed ancestry bunch who were the “whites” but not so white of Ancient Egypt proper.
However, this is often how Greeks depicted “Aithiopians” whom they state the Remetch (Ancient Egyptians – not Ptolemaic) resembled:
Last one to match how they depicted Greeks versus Ethipians.
Meanwhile, the people of Kemet depicted themselves not only as black people but with the hairstyles, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, etc. of “Aithiopians,” but also still found in so-called Sub-Saharan African or Saharan Africa or indigenous black North African since black people are still throughout the continent.
The above consisted of Kings, Queens, Officials, Military, workers, and customary folk from Old, Middle, New, and Late Kingdoms and show a good range of African skin types and countenance.
None of which are white or maybe Ptolemaic mixed ancestry because that’s NOT what the people of Kemet were. They were black people. even as the classical European writers described and depicted through THEIR artifacts and even as the Remetch themselves depicted in their OWN artifacts.
To the clueless who haven’t any idea on the range of African phenotypes, this is often what we mean once we state evidentiary the Remetch (Ancient Egyptians) were black people.