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Black History Month Myth of the Day: King Tut


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Actual surviving statue of King Tut

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Actual depiction of a Sub-Saharan African in ancient Egyptian art.

Claims that “King Tut was a black man” are common among radical Black Power groups. In fact, Barack Obama’s own church teaches this claim.

Now the head of Egyptian Antiquities has directly rebuked one of their silly claims–that the Egyptian King Tutankhamun was black. In fact, militant groups such as the New Black Panther Party, have actually staged protests in front of museums to demand that images of Tutankhamun be painted black.

Three different teams of forensic anthropologists from around the world did facial reconstruction of King Tut, based off his remains. The scientists concluded that Tutankhamun was a “North African Caucasoid.”

More recently advanced DNA tests proved conclusively that Tutankhamun closest living relatives are western Europeans.

From AFP…

Egyptian antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass insisted Tuesday that Tutankhamun was not black despite calls by US black activists to recognise the boy king’s dark skin colour.

“Tutankhamun was not black, and the portrayal of ancient Egyptian civilization as black has no element of truth to it,” Hawass told reporters.

“Egyptians are not Arabs and are not Africans despite the fact that Egypt is in Africa,” he said, quoted by the official MENA news agency.

Hawass said he was responding to several demonstrations in Philadelphia after a lecture he gave there on September 6 where he defended his theory.

Modern DNA research shows that King Tut has very little in common even with modern day Egyptians. His DNA is most closely related to Europeans.