The Mummy Returns-and so does white
by Kwaku Person-Lynn, Ph.D.
interesting thing occurred in May. When the original story regarding how
the movie "The Mummy Returns" was extremely demeaning to the great
ancient African multi-genius Imhotep, most of the papers owned by Black
people published the story. What makes this unique is not one
white-owned paper would touch the story or even respond to e-mails,
which includes the editor of the Los Angeles Times.
Now we donít always want to jump to the race card,
but there seems to definitely be some white supremacist action going on
here. This is not based on the fact that they did not publish the story,
but on some other issues of grave concern.
One only has to look back at the controversy prior to
this yearís Oscars. When Denzel Washington was nominated Best Actor for
the film "Hurricane", articles began to pop up all over the country
about historical accuracy of the movie. Writers had done research and
included all of their discovered facts in their articles. Of course, we
know the veiled strategy for all of that was to spread a negative light
on the film and deny a man of African descent the award. Real
professionals know that Washington gave the best male performance of
that year, but the ugly head of white supremacy struck again.
Here is where the present irony comes in. When the
white press was alerted about the historical inaccuracy, or the
misrepresentation, of a very famous and notable ancient African figure
such as Imhotep, not one word or sentence has been written about it by
them. We do not have to speculate on why; it is a consistent pattern
among the white media and Hollywood. It was the same philosophy that
allowed apartheid to last so long in South Africa. The same philosophy
that operated in the segregated South. The same philosophy Hitler used
to rule his nation. Executives in Hollywood and much of the white press
operate within that philosophy.
Just recently, after reading my original article on
the above-mentioned movie and how it characterizes Imhotep, one of my
sons, Jaaye, told me that the same thing was done in the movie "The
Prince of Egypt." Imhotep was a villain in that movie also.
We get bombarded every Christmas and Easter with the
same epic religious movies that clearly perpetuate this philosophy. The
big lie is spread by making Jesus, Mary and everybody else in those
films white. Any honest biblical scholar or historian would tell you,
with verifiable evidence, that the people in that part of the world,
during those time periods, would have had to be people of color, but
certainly not white, especially Jesus. Even the Bible tells us that.
Remember the description of his skin as "burnt brass" And isnít that
supposed to be the word of God?
Every time we see ancient Egyptian movies, all of the
main characters are always white, and the only Black characters are
usually slaves, which in reality was just the opposite.
Over and over, wherever Rameses II, one of the
greatest pharaohs to ever rule in ancient Kemet (Egypt) is depicted in a
movie, he is always portrayed as a man of European descent, when Europe
didnít even exist at that time, not even ancient Greece. If a child
looked at the pictures of his statues or the Temple of Rameses, they
could determine that he was an African man.
So again, we can only conclude that there is a
conscious and deliberate white supremacist effort to demean great
African figures for all eternity. This, we cannot allow to happen within
our own sphere of influence. The white press is just a co-conspirator,
so why even consider them?
When Black-owned publications print the true stories
of our great historical figures, we must pass the story on to all our
family and friends; e-mail everybody we know; make copies and spread
them everywhere; sit down at the dinner table and discuss this with our
children; talk about it at the job and in the classroom; call in to
whatever talk radio programs that we can and express our outrage; and
call and write the movie companies to let them know we are aware of what
they are doing (in this case Universal Pictures 818-777-1000). It is our
responsibility to do this, not someone elseís.
Right at this moment, we cannot allow this movie,
"The Mummy Returns" to get away with the assassination of one of our
great historical figures. If you do, then donít complain or say one word
about it. You have also become an assassin, and our young people have
you to blame for their warped perspectives of themselves.
(Kwaku Person-Lynn is the author of "FIRST WORD:
Black Scholars, Thinkers, Warriors." E-mail address: