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Not Out Of Africa:
How "Afrocentrism" Became An Excuse To Teach Myth As History (A New Republic Book)

by Mary Lefkowitz

ISBN 0465098371 / 9780465098378 / 0-465-09837-1
Publisher Basic Books
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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Wellesley classics professor Mary Lefkowitz takes aim at the basic claims of leading proponents of Afro-centrism, in this expansion of her New Republic article exposing flaws in the argument that black Africans were responsible for the great civilizations of Egypt and Greece that brought praise from historians and criticism from Afrocentrists. Lefkowitz argues that the Greeks' African heritage touted by Senegalese scholar Cheikh Anta Diop is based upon a single dubious source and that Egyptians never considered themselves black Africans, in fact, that they consciously disassociated themselves from blacks. She argues that the legacy of these two cultures remains so rich even foes of European civilization want to claim that legacy for themselves. [via]