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Were Cleopatra and King Tut Examples of “Black Egyptians”


King Tut and Cleopatra are two famous leaders of ancient Egypt. For decades the American black power movement has claimed both are black. They denounce Hollywood and television as “racist” for not casting black actors to play these characters. The militant New Black Panther Party [NBPP] has even protested at museums. They demanded that images of King Tut be painted black.

The Chicago “Black Liberation” church that Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey belong to teaches both of these claims. Not only does the black media pander to these claims, but many “mainstream” media outlets do as well.

Some public schools are even teaching these claims.

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The NBPP once protested American museums where images of King Tut were on tour. They demanded that all images be painted black. Zahi Hawass was the head of Antiquities in Egypt at the time. Black militants even protested a speech he gave in Philadelphia.

After the protest, he told the media that “Tutankhamun was not black, and the portrayal of ancient Egyptian civilization as black has no element of truth to it.” He went on to say “Egyptians are not Arabs and are not Africans despite the fact that Egypt is in Africa.”

Over the past five years we have learned a great deal about King Tut’s physical appearance as well as his DNA.

Multiple teams of forensic anthropologists from around the world did facial reconstructions of King Tut, based off his remains. The work was done for National Geographic magazine. Every team concluded that King Tut’s skull could decisively be classified as “North African Caucasoid.”

King_TutMore recently, advanced DNA tests proved conclusively that Tutankhamun’s closest living relatives are western Europeans.


Members of the Negro race are indigenous to sub-Saharan African. They did not live in northern Africa in large numbers until the Muslim conquest of that territory and the start of the Muslim slave trade. Muslim Arabs transported vast numbers of Negro slaves out of Sub-Saharan Africa from the 8th century to the early 19th century. Before the abolition of slavery in Saudi Arabia in 1956, about 20% of the population were Negro slaves. Arabs also enslaved large numbers of white Europeans.

The ancient Egyptians are classified by anthropologists as “North African Caucasoid.” However, Cleopatra was not even Egyptian. An aristocracy of Macedonian Greeks ruled Egypt at the time. Cleopatra’s ethnic background, as a Macedonian Greek, is well documented.

Contemporary depictions of Cleopatra, from the time she ruled Egypt, still exist today. In these ancient Roman busts we can see exactly what Cleopatra looked like. Depictions of Cleopatra also appear on Roman coins. In the extreme black power movement, it is claimed that statues of Cleopatra are part of a conspiracy by the white man.