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6 Reasons Why the So-Called Diverse Cast of ‘Tut’ Miniseries Is Still a Whitewash of Ancient Egyptian History

Since the beginning of modern history, there has been an attempt to “whitewash” the history of Ancient Egypt. Many Egyptologists, historians, archaeologists and filmmakers have made attempts to separate Ancient Egypt from the continent of Africa and sever the link that connects the region to Black excellence, an act directly inspired by white supremacy. Although Black scholars have forced modern Egyptologists to revisit the false narrative told by their predecessors, Hollywood has insisted on maintaining this trend by using Caucasians to portray Ancient Egyptians. Many in the media have praised the makers of Spike TV’s Tut for deviating from this trend. However, the six reasons below will demonstrate the supposedly diverse cast of the miniseries is a continuation of the white supremacists’ tactic of whitewashing the Ancient Egyptian narrative and disregarding Black contributions to human civilization.

(Photo: Jan Thijs, Spike TV)

(Photo: Jan Thijs, Spike TV)

Ancient Egypt Portrayed as ‘Melting Pot’ Rather Than Black African Empire

After renowned scholars Cheikh Anta Diop and Theophile Obenga presented overwhelming evidence from anthropology, blood groups, iconography, ancient written sources, melanin tests and the significance of the word KMT proving the Africanness of Egypt, many Eurocentric and Arab institutions still find it difficult to accept Egypt as a primarily Black civilization. Instead they present a “melting pot” theory to imply that ancient Kemet was multiracial, which still is an argument that seeks to separate the achievements in Ancient Egypt from Black Africa.  Diop says that Ancient Egypt may have been multiethnic, but that doesn’t mean multiracial. Even a number of conservative Egyptologists such as Shomarka Keita and Frank Yurco argue that the ancient Egyptians were closely related to the Nilo/Sudanic people like Nubians, sharing substantial genetic admixture.
King Tut Family

Caucasian Depiction of King Tut and His Family

As stated before, Black scholars have presented a plethora of evidence suggesting a primarily Black Ancient Egypt. In fact, Dr. Chancellor Williams, a Black writer, historian and sociologist, argues that King Tut’s grandmother, Queen Tiye, and all of her children were Black. Genetics company DNA Tribes presented corroborating evidence when a DNA analysis it performed on the mummies of Tutankhamen and his family revealed that the 18th Dynasty rulers had more in common with Africans from tropical West Africa, South Africa and the Great Lakes Region than they do to any other group in the world. Yet Spike TV’s Tut  failed to represent the boy Pharaoh and his family accurately, instead using Caucasian-looking actors and actresses.

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33 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why the So-Called Diverse Cast of ‘Tut’ Miniseries Is Still a Whitewash of Ancient Egyptian History

  1. The proof is in the pudding. Any doubters should go to the Cairo Museum and see for yourselves. The first pharoahs were all from the Upper Nile (Sudan).

  2. 2 words for you " SYMBOLIC ANNIHILATION" look it up!! And since when have " little" things like TRUTH or FACTS stopped them, THIS is Why IT IS IMPERATIVE that WE EDUCATE our OWN!!!!

  3. Shawn Mc says:

    why are so many black folks obsessed with egypt considering our ancesters are from west africa ?

  4. * AFRICA, "GO WEST YOUNG MAN" TO SAY THAT WEST AFRICANS ARE DIFFERENT THAN EAST AFRICANS( EGYPTIANS/ETHIOPIANS) IS LIKE SAYING THAT THE PIONEERS / HOMESTEADERS/SETTLERS/EXPLORERS FROM THE EAST COAST OF AMERICA WERE /ARE DIFFERENT THAN THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA'S WEST COAST . * IGNORANCE* YES! WE PROUDLY ACCEPT EGYPT/ETHIOPIA AS OUR AFRICAN HERITAGE,LIKE CAUCASIANS/EUROPEANS ACCEPT GREECE & ROME AS THEIR ANCESTRY/HEREDITY/BIRTHRIGHT.

  5. Shawn Mc says:

    Lawrence Aziz Brown they are different, culturally, traditionally religiously and even genetically, there was never a mass migration out of Egypt to west Africa.

    your comparison to America is wrong because all those settlers to the Americas came from the same location and traveled to America, a better comparison would of been the native American which were the indigenous people, there are hundreds of indigenous groups that were different culturally, traditionally and religiously, were the eskimos who were located north west the same as the black foot or apache

  6. Shawn Mc says:

    Lawrence Aziz Brown ofcourse egypt is in africa, that doesnt mean you have a genetic connection to any of them nor a connection culturally, traditionally or religiously.

    this idea that you can claim a whole continent is idiotic considering you would have to have some connection to ALL groups there in to justify it.
    your obsession with Egypt is largely do to Afrocentric writings who somehow made the terms Africa, black, Moor, Egypt all the same which is pure fantasy for insecure people

  7. Shawn Mc says:

    Lawrence Aziz Brown Europeans like native Africans are nation oriented but to be factual many Africans are more tribal oriented, a Russian only consider Russia his heritage and not Italy, an Italian only see Italy as his heritage and not Romanian.

  8. Ayana Green says:

    In "Peopling of Africa from the Nile Valley" from The African Origin of Civilization, Cheikh Anta Diop lays out proof that West Africans are derived biologically and culturally from the Nile Valley's original people, including Egyptians. Another researcher, F.D.P. Wicker, wrote in Egypt and the Mountains of the Moon how ancient Egyptians orginated from the area of present-day Uganda. This area, the foot of the Ruwenzori mountains, may be the common ancestral home of both Nile Valley peoples and West African people.

  9. JO Bankole says:

    I couldn't agree with this article more. The whitewashing is infuriating and continues to be completely effective. It's time for a cinematic and literary change. I just got back from Kemet and am writing about the experience on brownfuturedotcom.

  10. Shawn Mc says:

    Ayana Green the problem with your sources is that they are dated. we dont rely on just someone theories, these days we can track early man migration patterns, artifacts and bone fragments left at locations and DNA carbon dating.
    Cheikh diop made his theories decades before we used many of these techniques, no disrespect to diop but he’s just a historian, he’s not an archeologist or anthropologist
    science is forever progressing ,many proven facts may be changed in the future yet your stuck on 1970's theories

    Diop theories will never be legitimize in higher education because its been debunked many times over as being theory, his theory are regulated in underground book stores and pro black websites.

  11. Shawn Mc says:

    Ayana Green i can show you many early migration into Egypty and they didnt come from uganda, you can actually look up man early migration pattern to see for yourself

    can you give me background info on F.D.P. Wicker, i cant find anything on this person and his book seems to be an underground book

  12. Ayana Green says:

    Shawn Mc Diop's theories still stand up because, as a scientist, he used scientific methods to reach his conclusions. Moreover, Diop and other afrocentric scholars have changed mainstream Egyptology. Consider that a mainstream outlet like PBS recently produced a documentary on black pharoahs. That wouldn't have happened before Diop et al. F.D.P. Wicker wrote his book, Egypt and The Mountains of the Moon, as a researcher with the Egypt Exploration Society of Great Britain. I bought his book from Amazon, but it is no longer available there. Don't know where else to find it.

  13. Shawn Mc says:

    Ayana Greenayana no disrespect but there is nothing scientific in the book, those theories in the book are over 30 decades old, we were not carbon dating, usung DNA or knew all of man early migration patterns.

    they didn’t change mainstream Egyptology at all, all they did was create a Afrocentrism side along with the eurocentrism side, both which have no validity in higher scholarship.
    the majority of the book is him stating these arent white folk, I agree with him but that doesnt make them black.
    There was a debate years ago with Diop, when questioned about his positions he never backed them up, he just spoke of racism.

    " black pharoahs"
    there were black pharaohs but that was in the later dynasties when Egypt was conquered by the Nubians

  14. Ayana Green says:

    Shawn Mc Hope you keep an open mind and study more.

  15. Shawn Mc says:

    Ayana Green i have but my mind isnt limited to Dr. Ivan Van Sermit,Cheikh Anta Diop,John Henrik Clarke,Runoko Rashidi who writings are dated decades old and not scientific but pure theory

  16. Black folks must have control of our own media so that we can portray accurate and diverse images of black folks. We can't expect the"mainstream"media to do that for us.

  17. Shawn Mc Do you claim all of Europe as white/Caucasian? Your argument doesn't make sense. Black people are concerned about Egypt just like the British are concerned about ancient Greece.

  18. Raven Layton says:

    Shawn Mc Wow! Shawn Mc, I am sorry, but I could not help but notice your breathtaking ignorance. Especially considering that you do not seem to know much about Africa in general, your touting opinions unsupported by evidence, and I highly doubt you have ever spent much time researching the ends and outs of the field of anthropology, and just how conclusions are drawn.

    I am not here to represent Chiek Anta Diop, Antenor Firmin came long before Diop, nevertheless, Diop was not wrong for defending Egypt's black African Identity. I suggest you spend a little more time looking into the ethno-hisotrical research complied on ancient Egypt, and less time trying to play pretend know-it- all on facebook.

    Let me be clear, I did not come here to debate, I have thoroughly studied ancient Egyptian/African civilization for five years, the anceint Egyptians from a linguistic, archaeological, and cultural standpoint were indisputbly black- this includes physical anthropology as well.

    Just visit the Hebrew bible for starters, which is a legit historical document and reference. The Hebrew word for black "Ethiopia," is "Cush," if the Cushites were the brothers of the Egyptians, then how could the Egyptians not have been black? There is no way of getting around that fact. The Israeli's today still refer to black people(sub-Saharan Africans) as "Kushi."

    You're making this about geography, when that is not what the people above you are talking about at all, albeit most people do not know how to properly interpret ancient Egyptian culture and religion, there have been, a few scholars that have been able to elucidate the complexity of ancient Egyptian religion and it's origin, two of those scholars would be Henri Frankfort and E.A.Wallis Thompson Budge, I have both of their works "Osiris & The Egyptian Religion of Resurrection," and "Kingship of the gods."

    There are some compelling arguments made, for example, if one just looks at the material culture of ancient Egyptians alone such as Ostrich father headdress used for religious ceremony among most Nilotics, headrest/stools,embelms,weapons like the Rungu throwing stick, Papyrus boats, Canoes, Leopard skins, beaded collars from the Nilotes, Thembu Xhosa, Pokot, Samburu, etc., you'll notice that culturally Africans and ancient Egyptians share many cultural artifacts with one another. Budge's hunch was right, that the Egyptians and sub-Saharan African peoples share a cognate origin.

    Perhaps you're fimilar with the statue of the 11th dynasty royal from the Gulbenkian museum, which is clearly a black man, although I know that will not mean much to you, try looking at the statue a little more carefully.

    Also, remember the present day Nubians, Ja'alin, Beja, Misseriya and Sudanese like the Dinka are the descednats of anceint Nubians and Egyptians. The Dinka(Jieng) have several names which are identical to ancient Egyptian names, e.g., Tep, Acol, Tut, Amun, etc., according to Stephanie Beswick the Dinka migrated to the south of Sudan somewhere around the 14th century, modernity, from central Sudan.

    The Afro-Asiatic language family stretches as far as Cameroon, but the Buduma of Chad are unquestionably a reminent of ancient Egyptians who migrated on the Abu Ballas trial to present day lake Chad, the had until the 1970's perserved many of the ancient craftsman techniques similar to those seen in Egypt, such as papyrus boats, and they primarly subsist by fishing in the marshes of Chad, which can been seen as a common form of hunting in ancient Egypt's XVIIIth dynasty, the illustrations from Nebamun's and Nakht's tomb are perfect examples of this. The Buduma like the Egyptians, also, domesticated cattle.

    It is common throughout Africa for people to raise livestock, typically cattle
    such as the Ankole-Watusi, Kuri, and Zebu which were introduced to Africa from India, Either way, cattle tend to be highly valued and are symbolic of wealth in many tribes, now how many Egyptian gods like Hathor, Osiris, Ptah, and Amen-Ra were also represented as cattle partially?

    I am done here… There is no need for me to go any further.

    Also before you say.. "My information is outdated," just know I always cross reference/check may source with more recent scholarship, there is absolutely nothing outdated about Budge or Frankfort, their literature just remains omitted among academic circles because it proves the indisputable reality that ancient Egyptians were black, and white supremacist education can not have that… now can they.

  19. Shawn Mc says:

    Raven Layton
    semantics-the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text.

    im use of afrocentrics taking various information, mixing up various information, ignoring the original point and speaking in generality to cover up their twisted theories with spin and you have not disapointed me

    my original point was ancient egypt was not a black society, they had a multirace society but it was predominatly native egyptions and up until the 25th dynasty the monarchy was native egyption.

    i think we tend to mix up egyption culture with egyption society,once again i believe egyption society was mix and thats proven by their heiroglyphics and writigns decsribing the different groups

    half of what you say is of no value, i usually have to read through alot of spin when afrocenrict tend to write the majority of their info is bragging about their knowledge and information spin, i personally just care about your facts so that i may research them. il try to put some of your poits down and give you my position

  20. Shawn Mc says:

    Raven Layton "The Hebrew word for black "Ethiopia," is "Cush,"
    Kushi is a derogatory term they will call any black person, by the way Egypt and Ethiopia are different places.

    "if the Cushite’s were the brothers of the Egyptians, then how could the Egyptians not have been black?"
    what’s your definition of brother ? because Around 727 BC, the Kushite king Piye invaded Egypt ,his dynasty the 25th continued until 671 when they were beaten by Assyrians

    "You’ll notice that culturally Africans and ancient Egyptians share many cultural artifacts with one another"
    i wont get into your ostrich feathers, leopard skins or weapons as proof because its all about perception and you would see similarities in any innocent object no matter how unfounded it is, I will ask what specific African group do you see similarities in ?

    "Also, remember the present day Nubians, Ja'alin, Beja, Misseriya and Sudanese like the Dinka are the descednats of anceint Nubians and Egyptians"
    thats a generic statement that means nothing, there is nothing specific in that statement, who’s the descendants of the ancient Nubians and who’s the descendants of the ancient Egyptian dynasty ?

    i did research the Ja'alin and according to the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain v17
    According to their own tradition the Ja alin emigrated to Egypt in the 12th century and thence worked their way up the Nile but they appear to have settled in the Sudan before the Shagiah and probably reached the country at a much earlier date than the 12th century.
    The Ja alin claim descent from Abbas the uncle of Muhammad of the Koreish tribe and they are undoubtedly of Arab origin though the type has been much modified in those clans which intermarried with the Nuba population.
    reserching the Dinkas they believe in one deity, they decorated their head with deep gash scars , they live in clay huts, multiple wives 50 to 100, the men wear no shoes, sometimes go naked and the women wear goat skin skirts. egyptians lived in brick homes

  21. Shawn Mc says:

    Raven Layton "The Afro-Asiatic language family stretches as far as Cameroon"
    This family spreads itself over the northern third of Africa and into western Asia.

    there are 250 languages in the family and its just a term used for about 5 different sub groups with diferent languages under each one, ancient egyptian isnt spoken today, we get information about it from scriptures it does not mean there is a direct relation to west africa or proof of a migration.
    please dont bring up chad anymore because it has hundreds of different groups there in, try to be specific

    "The Buduma like the Egyptians, also, domesticated cattle. "
    "fishing in the marshes of Chad, which can been seen as a common form of hunting in ancient Egypt's XVIIIth dynasty"
    "It is common throughout Africa for people to raise livestock,how many Egyptian gods like Hathor, Osiris, Ptah, and Amen-Ra were also represented as cattle partially"

    5 years of study and this is your Evidence smdh

  22. Bankole from benin?

  23. Don't you think that those that live in Egypt now are representative of who lived in Egypt 2000 years ago? I know some Egyptians and they vary in colour, hair texture, facial structure. Some of the hyroglyphics showed black people, brown people, reddish people. Given the limitations with natural pigments we can only guestimate what people really looked like but the take away was that they were not all black, not all white and not all brown.

  24. based on your argument 2000 years from the now the people who will be the face of the Americas were the same one's who are responible for the pictographs, petroglyphs, great monuments etc? People tend to forget the invasion of the Arabs creating a muslim state in Egypt 1300 years or so ago and also the invasion of Greece then Rome starting around 2500 years ago. We do not claim Greece or Rome in our history. We do know that northern Africa was invaded by those who dorminate the area now. Stop rewriting history to suit your cause just tell the dam truth. What's so hard with that? Like black people can't build some great civilization too? Kmt isn't the only place. there's the kingdom of Mali, the Songhai empire etc. When the Moors went into Spain and Italy Europe had 2 universites when the left 700 years later they added 15 more. We have done great thing before, did great thing during slavery and under colonialisation and will do even greater things under neo-colonialisation and even greater when truly left to create our own destiny uninterrupted.

  25. So do u know many West African ethnic groups say they came form Egypt? We are all one lets not be seperated by borders created at a council no African was invited too.

  26. any works u could point us to Shawn?

  27. Shawn Mc What are you talking about, that bs you talk only convince uneducate people. The more I research (not Afroncentrist authors) the more those "afrocentric" authors get confirmed. Try to use a white boy picture instead of trolling with a black face.

  28. Shawn Mc The theories of Diop debunked by who? By people like Bernard Lugan who was debating this year (2015) how to shrink African population?

  29. Whitout sunscreen they wouldn't be filming that!

  30. No, I don't think that. History tells us that almost all of Africa north of the Sahara was invaded, conquered and replenished by Arabs. What you see now in Egypt and the surrounding areas are Arabs, not Africans.

  31. Why would the desire to tell the story accurately be considered an obsession? Would not a better question be why is Whitewashing such a standard practice when telling the stories of Egypt?

  32. Charles Carlies At least the ones shown.

  33. Richard Gale says:

    Still waiting for my White Privilege. Lets Not Forget Kafir's, moselems were and still are the architects of slave trade.

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