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Colonialism fucked everything up.
Besides the rape, pillaging, enslavement, it colonized the minds and injected ambiguity into indigenous rights.
Currently there is a debate about whether Cleopatra was white or black or brown.
Being the last reigning Pharaoh of the Ptolemaic dynasty, she was in fact Greek, at least half so, that is because, nobody knows who Cleopatra’s mother was.
No thanks to German racist scientists who deemed Arabs, Jews, Armenians and all Middle Easterners – who are in actuality West Asians – caucasian, we today have this ambiguity about who is what.
Does it matter? Yes. Not because of race. But because of racism and historical revisionism and the attempt by Eurocentrists and white supremacists to lay claim to everything including philosophy and well, civilization.
Why was Europe able to dominate and colonize? Supremacists would proclaim their superiority. I would claim other wise, their moral inferiority.
European colonists didn’t care about the consequences of their mass genocides. Neither did Nazi Germany, or Fascist Turkey.
Let’s say hypothetically Cleopatra was white. She was certainly not Northern European, and probably darker skinned than most Europeans, as most Greeks are. But if we are to classify her as white that would mean that she was a colonist of a black continent. What’s new?
What if Cleopatra’s mother was not white? And that results in the current debate into whether she was in fact brown or black.
There’s a lot of what ifs here.
The reality is since the dawn of time Euro-centrists have been colonizing and revising history and attempting to take credit for all that is excellent and profound about human civilization, as though the following inventions were not made by non-white civilizations:
- time bombs
- the seismograph
- the compass
- just-in-time manufacturing
- CD players
- MP3 players
- lithium ion batteries
- martial arts
- instant noodles
- punk futurism
- futures markets
My mother’s response to the Cleopatra debacle: “She was like us”. We are Arab-Armenians. In other words. She’s brown. Most mediterraneans are.
My conclusion is that Cleopatra was brown.
And it is no coincidence that everyone claiming otherwise – that she is white – is white.