Africans Vs. Neanderthals Who Was the First to Invent Art Interesting Read

Africans Vs. Neanderthals: Who Was the First to Invent Art? (Interesting Read)

The vile intentions of Caucasians, Euro-centric scientists, and historians, to steal all of Africa’s ancient monuments, artifacts, civilizations, and archaeological evidence and credit it to the Europeans have continued unabated.

It seems every new day, one scientist is cooking up a bullshit story to sell to the world as to why life started in Europe and how Caucasians built all the magnificent civilizations of the world, including that of Kemet/Egypt.

For decades we have seen an utter distortion of Africa’s ancient history, in an attempt by Europeans to insert themselves into achievements by Africans (Black people) that are till this day regarded as “super human”. The more we try to discredit their lies, the more they bring up baseless scientific discoveries.

In his essay, Why Africana History?, the great scholar and historian Dr. John Henrik Clarke stated: “The Europeans not only colonialized most of the world, they began to colonialize information about the world and its people. To make this happen, they had to forget, or pretend to forget, all they had previously known about the Africans.”

Dr. Clarke’s words are still very relevant today, evident by the fact that textbooks in Texas recently began referring to enslaved Africans as “workers” rather than a group of people who were forcibly taken from their homes in bondage. The ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, in addition, was recently portrayed as a white woman by a scientist who claimed to have created a scientifically accurate facial reconstruction based on her skull.

One of UK’s most prominent daily newspapers, The Guardian, recently published an article titled, ‘Neanderthals – Not Modern Humans – Were First Artists on Earth, Experts Claim’. This article also trekked down the path of distortion and confusion. The author describes what the title suggests, wrote, “More than 65,000 years ago, a Neanderthal reached out and made strokes in red ochre on the wall of a cave, and in doing so, became the first known artist on Earth, scientists claim.”

Even if the claim that Neanderthals were first to master artistic creativity is true, the evidence presented in the article did not support the claim. The time period the cave art was supposedly created was The “major breakthrough” that led the researchers to conclude the art in the Spanish caves were created by Neanderthals. However, other research that older art existed in the world has been presented by even by The Guardian itself.

Curiously, while the author only briefly mentions that not all researchers agree with this hypothesis, the author neglects to present any evidence from an opposing viewpoint. This leaves readers to assume there are no respected scientific studies that provide a contradicting viewpoint.

A reader of The Guardian’s article noticed this and penned a letter to the publication criticizing the writer for making such conclusion when a previously published Guardian article presented evidence to the contrary.

The reader named, John Picton from Evesham, Worcestershire wrote, “Given all the recent publicity about the attribution of European cave paintings to Neanderthal artists at an earlier date than expected for Homo sapiens …it is a pity the Guardian does not recall its own previous headlines.”

World’s First Artwork Found in Africa was the article Picton referenced. The author had proclaimed in this earlier Guardian report covering research published in Science Magazine that “Two tiny pieces of engraved ochre are the oldest works of art ever discovered.” It further stated, “The artist in mankind was awakened, in Africa at least 77,000 years ago.”

The artifacts were found in Blombos Cave in South Africa. The scientist then concluded, “the pieces are carved with a pattern of crossed lines, showing that humans had a capacity for abstract thought, and use of symbols, tens of thousands of years before they spread from Africa to Europe.”

The BBC also reported on this discovery seven years ago, confirming the artifacts were found in Blombos Cave and dated to 77,000 years ago. Interestingly, a past error of Eurocentric scientific research was acknowledged by a scientist quoted in the BBC article.

Professor Chris Stringer from London’s Natural History Museum had said to the BBC, “Twenty or 30 years ago, there was a view that Europe was really the place where all the big action was taking place – wonderful painted caves 30,000-35,000 years ago, and people decorating their bodies.” Stringer added, “We now know that this behavior goes back far further in Africa; it goes back to 100,000 years, perhaps even more than 100,000 years,”

It was reported earlier this year by many news outlets in addition to Stringer’s opposing views that an indication that modern humans may have left Africa as much as 100,000 years earlier than previously thought due to a fossil found in Israel and stone tools found in India. It can not be completely ruled out that modern humans created the cave art that the scientist in the Guardian article credits to Neanderthals.

Normally there are usually multiple sides of a scientific debate. Scientific journalism should be consistent by reflecting this when covering such topics.

The Guardian could have provided opposing views by investing a little more time to get the views. Just publishing a reader’s letter that objects to a conclusion made by a team of scientists are just not enough.

This duty may have been overlooked or worst, purposely avoided because of the historical need of white supremacy to colonize information and reinforce the claim that all of humanity’s greatest leaps occurred in Europe.

It seems like too many mainstream outlets today are too eager to publish any research that reduces the body of evidence supporting the idea that Africans were the first contributors to humanity’s greatness.

For this reason, it is of paramount importance that Africans invest in the preservation of their facts, knowledge, heritage, history, culture, and ancient achievements, or wake up one day to find European faces replacing every noble African king/Queen/Kingdom that has ever existed.

Currently, as we speak, there is a virtual battle on the internet, between Pro-African and Pro-Caucasian websites/Blogs/institutions. Those of us who defend the truth about Africa are hit with all kinds of violations by the major online media and social media. They are quick to regard our research as false and uphold that of those who credit every invention to the Caucasians, as true.

Now, we are not saying Caucasians did not invent anything or do not have any noble heritage. Of course they did/do. But we are not going around claiming their heritage. They are the ones who lose sleep in trying to discredit our African ancestors for the civilisations they built.

They are the ones trying to replace our ancestors with theirs. This fight has been going on for decades and centuries. We are here to defend our heritage, while they continue being the aggressors.








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