Principalities & Powers

Centuries of Delusion

After centuries of delusion that white people ever accomplished anything worth doing, Euro-Americans are finally learning to grapple with just how worthless they really are. Last November, a conference of the Brahmins of "Afrocentrism" in Atlanta devoted all of a weekend to expounding the much-trumpeted insights that it was really Africans who built the pyramids, invented philosophy and mathematics, discovered America, and founded Judaism and Christianity (both Moses and Jesus were "African-Americans," you see).

Not only the first human beings but also the first languages were African, too, and so were Egyptians Nefertiti and King Tut, the largely Macedonian Cleopatra, and even the Creek slave Aesop, who, as far as I know, has never before been claimed by much of anyone except Walt Disney.

The world gapes in wonder at these revelations, before which the technology of space travel and TV dinners shrinks (both of these also were probably African in origin). Meanwhile, African-American civilization continues to outpace the brutish Euros. Last October 2 Live Crew won vindication in the courts for its garbage-box rap lyrics when its white lawyers argued that the group's "music" derived from the black culture of the ghetto. In November an even greater African-American peak was scaled with the news that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pilfered significant portions of his doctoral dissertation.


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