I will tell you the absolute truth regarding the question about what was the race of the ancient Egyptians. The ancient Egyptians were a people classified as "Berber" people. They are the aboriginal Caucasian people of North Africa. By Caucasian, I don't mean White as in the sense of European, and by Caucasian I don't mean Arab in the sense of Semitic. They are their own people. Today, alot of them have been killed when Arabs invaded North Africa or lost their Berber identity when they were forced to convert to Islam which required them to adopt Arabic culture. You can still find some Berber people in Egypt, they comprise the vast majority of the Coptic Church of Egypt, and today, instead of calling themselves Berber, they identify as the Coptic peoples, as they tend to be heavily religious. Africa is not all "Black" people. Almost 300 million of Africa's 800 million people are Caucasian, mostly Arab Caucasian, while the rest are "Black." Saying Egypt was a black civilization because it was on the continent of Africa is like saying China's civilization is White because it is on the continent of Eurasia. Look at the ancient mummies of Egypt, a massive number of them have red hair, a characteristic that is common of Berber people.
Plus, the origin of the word "mulatto" did NOT come from Egypt. It came around the time of the Moorish invasion of Spain when Arab people referred to the children of mixed Arab and White heritage as muwállad. The word was adopted by the Spanish and became "mulatto." The first time it ever referred to a Black/White mixed person was in Latin America during colonization. It was then later adopted by the Anglo language.
Also, Egyptians thought themselves as an entire different race. They never considered themselves as "African" as the continent of "Africa" didn't exist until British explorers decided what the boundaries of "Africa" should be. The countries above the Sub-Sahara desert never linked themselves to the countries below the Sub-Sahara before the British forced them to. The Egyptians hated the people from Nubia (the Nubians are your stereotypical "black" people) waging war against them on many occasions. The Egyptians depicted the Nubians as black-skinned in their artifacts about them. The Egyptians even highlighted the Nubians’ kinky hair, wide nose and projecting jaw, since the Egyptians didn't have those features and Egyptians highlighted characteristics in the people they considered the "other."
Your friend is correct in the fact that different people from neighboring countries went to Egypt because it was in an ideal location. In fact, the first King of Egypt was an Arabic man who had immigrated to Egypt and united Northern and Southern Egypt. The Jews, Greeks, etc would also go there often to do trade.
Concerning Egypt and their skin color, Egyptian men used red paint to depict themselves, and used yellow paint to depict Egyptian women. They used white paint to depict Greeks and Jews. They used black paint to depict "Black" people. What is interesting is that they also used red paint for Arab men and yellow paint for Arab women, which pretty much indicts that Arabs had the same skin tone as them.
So in conclusion, the Egyptians were NEITHER black or white. They were the Berber people today known as the Coptic people of Egypt. The Berber people have gone through continuous genocide throughout their history and even face considerable hardships today, please respect their heritage and allow them to have Egypt which is rightfully theirs.
Finally, African Americans came from South Western Africa. They do not have anything to do with Eastern Africa. Saying that they do is like saying that Chinese people should take pride in Russia since they share the same land mass, when China doesn’t really have nothing to do with Russia’s culture or heritage. African Americans have enough to be proud of then trying to identify with cultures that are distant and have no link to them besides it residing on the social-political boundaries of “Africa.”
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