supreme ignorance is not confined to the poor and uneducated
Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of the News Corporation which owns 21st Century Fox, Fox News, and the Wall Street Journal, recently displayed his supreme ignorance when responding to criticism surrounding the studio’s decision to cast all of the main characters in the movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings, as white. Murdoch, one of the richest and most influential men in the world, recently wrote the following quote in a Twitter message: “Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.”
Wow … if it weren’t for Murdoch’s enormous wealth, power and influence, his words might be comical. Considering however that Murdoch is the founder, Chairman and CEO of the global media holding company News Corporation, the world’s second-largest media conglomerate, that helps influence and shape the news and information that millions of Americans are fed every day, his comments are indeed scary. According to Forbes’ 2013 list of richest Americans, Murdoch is the 33rd richest person in the U.S. and the 91st richest in the world, with a net worth of 13.4 billion. In 2014, Forbes ranked “Rupert Murdoch & Family” as the 33rd most powerful person in the world. How is it that a man educated in one of the most respected European institutions in the world—Worcester College dating back to 1283 as Gloucester College—can be so ignorant and out of touch with established and accepted principles of history and geography? Perhaps the answer lies in the question. Europeans for centuries have written and re-written world history in order to edify themselves and their culture, at the expense of truth and factual accountability.
Of course European revisionist history is nothing new. The conqueror has always written his account of world events to reflect his truth, while subjugating the vanquished peoples customs and cultural contributions to society. This type of propaganda and misinformation goes all the way back to Alexander the Great, King James and the first translation of the Holy Bible. Important language and voices were muted, omitted and selectively given significance based on the political, social and military objectives of the oppressor. Consequently, much of recorded history was written from the jaded and biased perspectives of the Greeks and Romans for the purpose of self-glorification without regard to facts or historical accuracy.
Well, Mr. Murdoch, despite your Worcester College, University of Oxford education, it is my sad duty to inform you that Egypt is in Africa! Your words and your ignorance are the most poignant and profound indictment of European based thought and learning in recent memory. This type of ignorance is primarily responsible for the perpetuation of centuries of untruths and misinformation about Africa, its people, and its legacy. These false teachings continue to rob Africa and its descendants of the truth about their rich history and heritage. What a travesty indeed that lies such as these still reverberate in the 21st century, and still serve to keep the myth of white supremacy alive and well!
The cinematic portrayals of Moses, Jesus, and other characters of the Holy Bible as white, does not square with geographical or historical accuracy. The historical Jesus was not European. The Bible says he “had hair like lamb’s wool, and feet like burnished brass.” Neither of these features fit the modern day Anglo-European depiction of Jesus or his followers. Egypt, the so-called “Middle East” and modern day Israel were all geographically located in North Africa. It’s time we started teaching the truth about the history of Africa as the cradle of civilization, and the birthplace of Christianity and organized religion. The early Christians were Africans, with black skin—not Europeans with blonde hair and blue eyes.
The decision by Egyptian authorities to ban the showing of the Exodus film because it “asserts historical falsehoods and a Zionist view” is welcome and long overdue. Of course it will take decades to reverse the centuries of European misrepresentation, and false characterization of historical truths regarding Africa and biblical history, but its past time that we began the process.
No, Mr. Murdoch, Europeans did not build the pyramids. Africans did.
Gerald Torrence is a lawyer, educator, writer, social and political activist, and motivational speaker living in Atlanta. You can find more insightful opinions from TheTruthTeller at the-truth-teller.com. You can follow Gerald on Twitter @tttspokentruth.