Over the years, there has been a scientific controversy on what race the Egyptians were. Many are depicted as having cat-like eyes and straight pointy noses. However, many believe that these images have been altered and are not the true representation of the Egyptians. Why would anyone want to alter the image of a people? The Egyptian society was made up of Pharaohs, Queens, Gods, and Goddess. Egyptians had a rich, powerful, and captivating culture. People and scientists in the 21st century are still mystified by some of their societal practices. Furthermore,the most uncertain thing is why their images are always depicted as having lighter complexions and the world rarely sees the “dark ones.”
In 2008, nydailynews.com writer, Christian Boyle, reported on an article written in National Graphic on “The Black Pharaohs.” Boyle reports that, “Egypt was ruled by black pharaohs for nearly 100 years, but their role as leaders of the ancient civilization has been largely kept in the dark because of racism.” In 728 B.C Sudan Kings conquered Egypt and helped reunite Egypt after it was torn apart by warlords. According to Robert Draper, writer for the National Graphic, “For decades, historians flip-flopped: Either the black pharaohs were actually ‘white,’ or they were bumblers, their civilization a derivative off-shoot of true Egyptian culture.” A bumbler is someone who makes mistakes because they are incompetent. In retrospect, historians tried to make it seem as like the Black Pharaohs were ignorant and unable to rule Egypt because the were Black. Furthermore, if anything positive came out of the era of The Black Pharaohs, historians theorized that the pharaohs couldn’t have been Black, they must have been White. Some historians believed that because the Egyptian empire was so powerful and spectacular that the people must have been White or anything else besides for Black. They theorized this because Black people are seen as stupid, ignorant, and incompetent. However, some of the purest beauties have African ancestry. Since the world wants to totalized Africa as being a place were all Black people are from, than Egypt must have had some Black heritage somewhere. In addition, Egypt is located in Africa. So how can it be that a powerful empire like Egypt could exist with no Black people or rulers present?
It is highly probably that much of Egyptian ancestry are Black. Many of Egypt’s queens are considered some of the most beautiful women to ever walk the Earth. Queens like Nefertiti, Tye, and Cleopatra are well-known beauties from Egypt. However, the depiction of them are always White or Middle Eastern. According to Boyle, “Some studies also have found that Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun’s grandmother, the 18th-dynasty Queen Tiye, may have had Nubian heritage.” Much of Egyptian people were of either Sudan or Nubian descent. However, modern times will tell you that Cleopatra is White (besides for Foxy Cleopatra of course) and they depict Nefertiti as Arab. However, if one were to look at the sculptures of these women, one would see that their complexions are usually darker. Furthermore, neither one of these women are depicted as Black when mostly likely their features closely resembled Africans. By publishing images of altered beauty, many people being to believe that the standards for beauty are those of White, Middle Eastern, or Indian descent; the so called exotic aesthetics. To be considered beautiful, you must have an exotic look. You must look like the altered queens of the mysterious Egyptian society.
In the 21st century, there are millions of images of the “exotic” aesthetics everywhere. Women like the Kardashians are the dream woman for men. In addition, White and lighter complexion women are also some sort of commodity. In the media, you see powerful men like Kobe Bryant, Paul George, Taye Diggs, Tiger Woods, etc. all have either married or dated women with an exotic look. However, more recently is the controversy surround NBA player Paul George.
A few weeks ago, a photograph of Paul George staring at a window was captured by a woman. Some will call her a groupie, however, she is George’s girlfriend or some female he truly trusts. However, she took a photo of her legs and George as a way of bragging that she either just slept with him, she knows him, or she’s glad to be in his presences. The woman who posted this photo goes by the name of DevonMichelleee on IG and constantly posts photos of herself at Pacers games or just her beautiful face. However, on the day that Ms. Michelle posted the photo of her and Paul she was instantly seen as a groupie or a hoe. If you try to look for this photo on the internet now, you will see that it no longer exists because she got her lawyers involved. To respect Ms. Michelle wishes and her image, I will not post the image on this blog either. However, what did she expect to happen after posting this image? She willing placed it on the internet for the whole world to see and that’s exactly what they did. They saw it and assumed the worst image of her.
As we watched George’s growth on the court, many of his followers, especially female fans, have become curious about his private life. Many have noted that he likes White women and dismisses Black women. Of course, George is allowed to love, like, lust, after whoever he wants. His preference is his business and it is our right to stay true to ourselves. But it is interesting why George is so intrigued by White or lighter complexion women. One could assume that George is a product of his time and has accepted society’s standards of beauty. However, we cannot judge him based off of who he is. He is a professional athlete who has a preference for exotic women. In addition, every athlete seems to have that preference. It’s just the world that they live in.
It seems as if Black women have been put on a back burner and tossed aside. Why aren’t there more Black women who are being spoiled, loved, and respected in the media? Is it because Black women in the media do not respect themselves enough for anyone else to respect them? Do Black women not deserve to be loved or considered beautiful because of the images being plastered throughout the media? Once, Black women were proud queens ruling empires of gold. Now, it seems that they are lost souls struggling to gain their kingdoms back. However, do not mistake them for being ugly. Black women are just as beautiful as your “exotic” women. Keep in mind that you are able and welcomed to love whoever you want but, when is it ever okay to make others feel inferior to justify your ideals?