out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History
By Mary Lefkowitz
Have you heard that ancient Greece stole
all its vast knowledge of philosophy, mathematics and science from Egypt?
Have you heard that Socrates, Plato and Aristotle studied in Egyptian
universities or ransacked an esteemed library at Alexandria, swiping all
the material and claiming it as their own?
BasicBooks, 297 pp, 1996
If you have heard this, and you believe
it, then youíve been fooled. Itís all a myth.
Mary Lefkowitz, the Andrew W. Mellon
Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College, carefully examines the
above and several other theories proposed by various writers and
historians and demolishes them all. She shows that the sources these
Afrocentrist writers rely on are false and misleading, and reveals the
political motivation underlying these theories passing as the truth.
Itís really a sad state of affairs
when blatant falsehoods are taught in schools and universities just to
make some people feel better about themselves. Afrocentrism, otherwise
known as Black Studies, dominates universities all over the country. Much
of what they teach is valuable and real, and something that has been
missing. But those schools that teach such nonsense about Greece stealing
its knowledge from Egypt disrespect their students by misinforming them
about such a critical chapter of history. Filling studentsí heads with
lies and propaganda will not make them feel better about themselves, and
it certainly will not educate or prepare them for life in the real world.
Finally, the book really isnít 297
pages. The actual text takes up the first 193 pages, and the rest is
devoted to notes, sources, expanded notes, bibliography and index.