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Debate Rages About Origin of Civilization

February 14, 1991

Regarding the color of the ancient Egyptians: When Egyptian muralists depict foreigners, they show their eastern Semitic neighbors with distinctly lighter skin and their southern black neighbors with distinctly darker skin than themselves.

Ancient Egypt had a considerable black and mulatto minority, particularly in the south, some of whom rose to positions of power. But the Egyptians were certainly not a black nation in the way the Yorubas or the Zulus are a black nation.

JOSEPH MIRE

Long Beach

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