There’s an exhibition at Boston’s art museum on Nubia. This is a region that includes parts of Egypt and Sudan along the Nile. The exhibition “…examines power, representation, and cultural bias—in the ancient world, in the early 20th century, and today.” The principal focus of the explanatory materials is race. Visitors are lectured about how Nubians weren’t really Egyptians but were actually black, that one should not fall prey to stereotypes and that race is a social construct. Or as Derb would say, “blackety black blackety blackety black.”
The point of the exhibition seemed to be to connect Egyptian cultural achievements with sub-Saharan Africa. Quote from the exhibition blurb:
As a result, their [Nubian] story has been told in large part by others—in antiquity by the Egyptians, who used propaganda to cast Nubia as the barbaric “other,” and in the early 20th century by American and European scholars and archeologists who brought cultural bias to their work.
Is this thing for real or just another bit of post-modernist revisionism? If only we had an archeologist among us who could shed some light on this. Oh, wait, we do. Help!