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    Chancellor Williams(Author)

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  • By Chrobrego on July 25, 2010

    I can see how someone in a repressive situation can be inspired by a folklore such as this, but the reality is that it's a political work masquerading as a historical one. Slavery left behind a terrible situation that only started to dissipate in the late 60s and early 70s with civil rights. Black empowerment ideas were an offshoot of this movement which often created 'falling from grace' mythologies to inspire young black people to action -- a method of removing the stigma of 'victim' and replacing it with the indignation of the 'betrayed super race.' I give this a one star because of the race-baiting, Nazi-esque superior race nonsense, and the fact that the history appears to be based more on myth-making and wishful thinking than it does on any archeological scholarship -- perhaps it was expedient during the time and perhaps necessary, but I dislike it nevertheless. It also doesn't speak well for the text that it isn't used in any history departments in the US (including the traditionally black ones) but it is distributed as propaganda material for ethnic hate groups like the New Black Panthers.Anyway, this type of racially motivated psuedo-history is very out of place in the 21st century. Science tells us that we're all Africans after all, and race is an outmoded term since we're all descended from a group of roughly 26 people who left Africa a hundred thousand years ago (more or less) -- we're a bottle-necked species with limited genetic diversity, so there just isn't enough variation in our genes to really have any races at all -- we're actually the least genetically diverse primate in the world. Furthermore, race isn't even used as a term in modern scientific texts; it's been replaced by ethnicity which is largely a culturally derived trait.In short, history has been harsh on many peoples due to silly things like skin color, where you live, and religion. Time to get over it and start acting like one human family for once, and realize that all human accomplishment belongs to all humans regardless of birth. There's been enough hatred in the world.

  • By Best Of All on February 6, 2007

    It is unfortunate that the outstanding research by Chancellor Williams is hurt by the poor aesthetics of the book.In the third edition, the small font makes the pages look like nothing but tedious text. In the body of the text are typographical errors, typesetting mistakes and the font jumps into another style for no apparent reason. All of those journalistic transgressions fall firmly on the desk of the publishing company, Third World Press.The information contained in the nearly 350 pages is nothing less than eye opening. Williams follows the footprints - oral & written histories, archival information buried in government files and research at archaeological sites - that weren't obliterated by the Europeans and Arabs to uncover the majestic black African societies and the real events that led to their destruction.Particularly impressive is the life of Queen Nzinga, a list and explanation of the African Traditional Constitutional and Customary Laws and the extraordinary leadership from the King-General, Shyaam the Great.Williams briefly chronicles the travails he had in dealing with a variety of government entities and admits that health problems precluded him from writing a multi-volume set of the history. He also warns the reader that there are repititious parts in the book, but I found those sections more like a tool for reinforcing the major points of a topic.This isn't history found in school texts, which makes the Destruction of Black Civilization a very important read. I find it sad that the errors in the current edition ultimately makes this landmark publication a very tough, if not impossible, read.

  • By Ferren on March 29, 2017

    We are accustomed to seeing Blacks in Egypt represented in mural bas reliefs by coffles of slaves. We perhaps suspect that Egyptian prehistory began with refugees from Noah's Flood in ~5500 BCE settling in the Nile Delta. I had hoped that Chancellor William's revisionist history would offer a clear alternative to this story. Indeed it does offer a different view, in whichEgypt was a subsidiary of Nubia, occupied and ruled by Blacks. But the best documentation is a drawing of the Great Sphinx as a portrait of an obviously negroid Black Pharaoh Khefre (inconsistent with contemporary statuary), with a comment in the caption, 'note ... the long and arduous labor that was required for them to chip away that massive flat nose'. 'Them' apparently refers to Caucasians rewriting African monumental history. Two problems here. One is that the sphinx was vandalized by Mohammed Sa'im al-Dahr in 1378, in an attempt to follow Mohammed's instructions to leave no artifact of other religions standing. The other is that the drawing of the sphinx as Khefre (Khafre, Cephfren) is inconsistent with the anatomy of the existing sphinx. The book leaves a feeling of a serious chip-on-shoulder and an author with no data to back up his ideas.


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