There is a Greek saying that “when the Western Europeans were still hopping on trees, the Greeks were inventing democracy and philosophy”. There is overwhelming evidence to support the fact of ancient Greek civilisation but there is no proof that the Western Europeans were hopping on tree branches. Western European scholars have unearthed the Celtic civilisation in order to defend themselves against the “arrogant” Greeks. These Western European scholars claim that the Western Europeans are the descendants of the Celts. Hence, the Celts are portrayed as brave warriors and martyrs, very resourceful and cunning people. But the Celts were disorganised, they lived in small villages, and never organised a city state. Ultimately, they were crushed by the mighty Roman Empire. So, Western European’s claim to fame only came after the collapse of the Roman Empire. The Western Europeans (English, French, Dutch, and Germans etc.) do not consider the Mediterranean Europeans (Greeks, Italians, Spanish, and Portuguese etc.) to be European. This is despite their rich ancient history and the immense contribution to European and World civilisation that the Mediterranean Europeans have made.
The Mediterranean and Eastern Europeans experience racism when they visit, live, and work in Western European countries. But we know that the Celts contribution to civilisation is meagre, if any. So it would seem to me that every people and region of the world contributes to civilisation at different times in world history. Perhaps what we need is an accurate historical timeline (similar to that used in evolutionary biology) that shows the contribution of a people and their region over time. This will prove that the Western European started to contribute to civilisation only in recent history (recent being around 1500 years ago). Ancient archaeological ruins reveal that there were thriving civilisations dating 3000-300 BC in Southern America and Northern and Southern Africa. These civilisations dwarf the Roman, Greek, Persian, Ottoman, French, and English Empires in terms of time and sophistication. In fact, the Africans knew and practiced metallurgy and Americans studied and interpreted the cosmos.
The context here is that anyone can look into historical evidence and point to the superiority of their race. Today is time for the Western European to shine. But their time will pass because knowledge follows money and the purse is now in the East.
The West is in decline and the East is roaring full steam ahead.
Similarly, as Africans become wealthier, they too will yearn to uncover their true ancient history. Already, Africans are rejecting Western solutions and seeking African solutions to African problems. Africans of European origin are progressively losing their legitimacy as exclusive bearers of knowledge on African issues. The native Africans are starting to dominate the arts, humanities, and the sciences. With this, the story of Africans will be told by Africans.
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