Some called them misguided, some called them racial conspiracy theorists. But one member of academia is saying that Africans are responsible for a lot more than people would like to admit and is defying the attempts to whitewash history.
In his new book, “The First Americans Were Africans (AuthorHouse),” Imhotep, through decades of research, takes a look at the identity and history of who first called the land now known as America home. According to Imhotep’s research, Africans were the first Americans and they arrived 51,000 years prior to the Mongolians.
The AmNews spoke with Dr. Imhotep while he rested at his home in Baltimore. Full of energy and sounding like he was already preparing for the push back from mainstream historians, he wasted no time diving right into the subject matter and what it represents.
When discussing the front cover of his book, Imhotep said that is “comes from the last aboriginal person to be found in the Americas (during The HMS Challenger Expedition, 1872-1876 A.D. at a place called Tierra del Fuego at the bottom tip of South America. Those are Africans there. The picture hangs in the Natural History Museum of London. We’re talking about DNA, science from skeletons, footprints in lava fields in Mexico, ancient camp sites, linguistics, ancient tools, and ancient carvings on stones. Architecture that can still be seen above and below the water.”
“How much more evidence do I need brother?” asked Imhotep rhetorically.
According to Imhotep, he is the first person to hold a Ph.D. with a specialization in ancient African history. He’s appeared on television, radio, magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times.
With over 700 footnotes contained in his book, you can’t accuse him of conducting lazy research even if you don’t approve of the premise. But Imhotep’s research could make you change your mind. American history touts that the Native Americans were initially Chinese people who came over through Alaska down to Canada and onto the eventual mainland of the United States. Many archaeologists and anthropologists, particularly at the Smithsonian, believe that the Clovis people came across from Europe to North America, while migrants from Asia came over the Bering Straits at the same time. Imhotep disputes this.
“The time that we were told that these Chinese came over that pass was blocked not only by snow, but icebergs 115,000 years ago back to 10,000 years ago,” Imhotep said. “They did not come across that way. It was extremely doubtful that they came that way”
According to Imhotep’s research, the Mongolians came over and mixed with the Africans and those became what we call Native Americans.
Imhotep also states that his research can’t be easily dismissed because of the eight different peer reviews he’s received that have been positive.
But what about those who respond with anger when something they’ve believed or researched their entire lives is proven to be wrong?
“I understand your anger,” Imhotep said. “I was angry too when I found out. All this time studying and now I have to relearn all these things. But then I’d tell them this: for hundreds of years in Europe, people believed the earth was flat.”
Imhotep is putting together the plans for a marketing push that would include those who need to hear it most: young, Black adults. He believes that the collective behavior of young Black men and women would change for the better with this book.
“I want to hit up television stations and magazines,” said Imhotep. “I have a person interested in a documentary as well and the last group would be the schools. I want to hit all of the HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and then will I’ll go to the White schools because this is for the Black folks who have poor self-esteem and race-esteem.
“These brothers and sisters…they don’t know who they are,” said Imhotep. “I want them to be proud like James Brown said.”
But no matter what you do, don’t call Inhotep’s book new facts. Imhotep would rather call it evidence. His fight back against what’s considered common knowledge in academia is about word choice as well as history.
‘Evidence is what we need to go back,” Imhotep said. “Because facts change. Evidence doesn’t change. I got the evidence.”