Ridley Scott’s Explanation For Whitewashing His Exodus Movie Is Infuriating
David Dennis, Jr.

Egyptians were most definitely black and not of European origin

This said, we might ask, “What color were the ancient Egyptians?” Being on the continent, Egypt has always been an African civilization though it straddles two regions, Africa and the Middle East. It’s fairly clear that the cultural roots of ancient Egypt lie in Africa and not in Asia. Egypt was a subtropical desert environment and its people had migrated from various ethnic groups over its history (and prehistory), thus it was something of a “melting pot,” a mixture of many types of people with many skin tones, some certainly from the Sub-Saharan regions and others from more Mediterranean climes. It is impossible to categorize these people into the tidy “black” and “white” terms of today’s racial distinctions. The Egyptians are better classified using evidence of their language and their material cultures, historical records, and their physical remains because so-called “racial” identification has been elusive, much for the reasons cited above. Skulls have been measured and compared and DNA tests attempted in various forms, but conclusions are few. Skulls are more similar to those found in the Northern Sudan and less similar to those found in West Africa, Palestine, and Turkey. It seems that there has been some genetic continuity from Predynastic time through the Middle Kingdom, after which there was a considerable infiltration into the Nile Valley from outside populations. That the Egyptians by and large were dark is certain, and many must have been what we today call “black.”


I realize Hollywood does not care about historical accuracy, but never in a million years would Hollywood contemplate depicting an event in ancient European history or a story of ancient European origin with non-white actors. It simply would not happen. People of color would never be cast as Zeus or Roman commander. It would never happen.

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