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Username: Kola

Post Number: 2692
Registered: 02-2005

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Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 05:36 am:   


An Essay through PHOTOS

by Kola Boof


About a year ago,
one of my uncles wrote to
me from Egypt, quite bitterly.
He said:

People are so busy discussing
and fighting over whether or not
the ancient Egyptians were "black"
---that they forgot we're still here.

We still exist.

The Arabs who claim to be Egyptians
have not exterminated ALL of
us yet.

Kola, you live in America, you're somebody
over there. Why don't you say something?

You're only claiming SUDAN. But that's not

Your father was an Egyptian.

And he's right. Because of my
own bitterness...my hatred and loathing
for my father's country...I have been
remiss to mention anything about the


My only real memory is a very
painful one...the memory of my White
Arab grandmother going to the Mullahs
after my birth parents had been executed
in SUDAN for speaking out against slavery
to get PERMISSION to put me up for
adoption (as adoption is primarily
illegal in EGYPT)...because of course,
my black skin would have exposed her
--Miss Najet Kolbookek---as having BLACK
African blood in her family's veins.
A fact that she, unlike my Uncle, has
spent her whole life trying to hide
from the Arab Muslim social set.

BUT my uncle is right.
The true Egyptians--the Black Egyptians
do still exist, and instead of debating
about the "ancient" people....why do
we never force the WHITE MEDIA to show
images of the black ones?

Why is it that in America--only the
and the Noor are ever shown on television
or in magazines?

Why do they insist on painting EGYPT
as a WHITE nation with no connection
to Africa?

Clearly..these photos of EGYPTIAN
Black people---photos that are NOW
TODAY---demonstrate that Egypt is not
a White nation. There are millions
of BLACK EGYPTIANS who still exist.

If I had not been
put up for adoption by
my colorstruck Egyptian grandmother
---I would never have been
adopted by the most wonderful
people in the world---my Black American
family...the JOHNSONS of Washington D.C.

And I would be somewhere
on the Nile River,
and like all other BLACK people of
Egyptian blood...I would be INVISIBLE.

But because I am a BLACK WOMAN who
is now an American citizen....I am
able to bring some clarity through
my work and activism....and this has
been extremely painful

....because as my good friend,
Derrick Bell pointed out to me
---AMERICA doesn't want any image
that is black to represent the
Nile River Valley....and Derrick
told me that this is one of the
reasons that AMERICAN media has
been so hostile towards me--because
I am too black and my hair is NAPPY
as the Black Americans say. I am not
the right "image"

....and just like they WHITENED
the recent exhibition of KING TUT
when it toured California (and for
those of us who are North African,
we know full well that the CHARCOAL
Nubian Queen Tiye was TUT's mother

and just
like they fought against the Scientists
who reconstructed the face of NEFERTITI
only to discover that she was a dark
brown black woman....

The Americans are very
racist against the idea of EGYPT
being represented by those of us who
are BLACK.

For those Egyptians reading
this post, I, Kola Boof, can promise
you that I have been treated like trash
by the American media---and because of
the controversies surrounding my life,
they even tried to pretend that I do not
exist. That I was made up and not a real
person. And they have slandered my name
with every chance they could slander it.

I tell you all....as AFRICANS...that
we must begin to recognize that there is
a hideous racism in these WHITE American
people--far worse than the African immigrants
have wanted to believe. They are not honest
people....and as they have falsely branded me
a LIAR...I know their real face now.


Like me, our late Black Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat was half Sudanese, half Egyptian.

Unlike me, Anwar Sadat did everything he
could to distance himself from the title of
"black man".

He insisted that he was NOT BLACK---that he
was an Arab.

His Sudanese mother was never seen and in
every political decision, every legal law
---he was the HARDEST on the blacks. He
married a White Arab woman. He despised
his African heritage and was basically put
in office by the SAUDI ARABIANS and the Arab
League....because they wanted to entice the
Black Americans after the Civil Rights
Movement and the Black Power Movement to
support all things MUSLIM, all things ARAB
....and especially to support PALESTINE.

Many of you in Egypt and in London write
to me---imploring me to speak up for the
Black Egyptians.

You do not realize that I am not popular
with Black Americans in the way that
Anwar Sadat was popular. I am a WOMAN
and I am compelled to fight for women's
rights...as well as Black people's rights.
I am also the wrong "image" to represent
Egypt--I am Black with African hair.

I have also had a very unusual life and
have been sinful....I am portrayed here
as a "crazy woman" and my intelligence
is not respected.

When I try to speak with
Black Americans about our lives
as Black people on the Nile River
....they are arrogant with their
own notions, many of which come
from Islamic leaders like Louis

The Black Americans run around
saying, "HOTEP".

Can you believe that? We never
speak this way, but they want the fantasy
grandeur of ancient Kings and Queens
and they crave the past. Many of them
"talk, talk, talk" about Africa and
being BLACK....but their wives and
children are white. It's all a farce,
because they don't know who they are.

When I try to explain to them that as a
"BLACK" North African woman...I cannot
support PALESTINE, even though I am well
aware that ISRAEL has done horrendous things
to the Palestinians....they simply cannot
comprehend it.

Even after I told them about the Sudanese
slave women in Palestine and the "sterilizing"
of Black women by Palestinians, because the
Palestinians are so colorstruck---they still
bedamned me for getting weapons to defend
myself from ISRAEL and not supporting Palestine.

But my brothers and sisters...I am STILL
Naima Bint Harith.

Although the Sahara desert sun no longer
blackens me, I am still dark and beautiful.

I am here. And although there has been great
bitterness against EGYPT on my part, I have
not forgotten your beauty or your worth, nor
have I forgotten our solidarity as BLACK people.
And I promise you...that in my Autobiography,
I have done all that I can to tell our experience,
our truth...and to make us less invisble.

Long live the BLACK Egyptians!!!!!

tima usrah (through fire comes the family)


Read the first two chapters of
Kola Boof's autobiography, "Diary of a
Lost Girl"


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