Who re the Nilotes ? This guy Masaman has been doing video's on genetics & people around the world for a couple of years on You-Tubes. In fact I posted a video he had made a while back that did not sit well with me at the time ;so it seems he has improved his efforts greatly by this video on the Nilotes people,but knowing you have folks here on ESR that make it their business to be versed in genetics I wanted to post to see what others think about his work & video !
Its not a bad video though he makes some shaky talk about "racial" differences that could be clearer. He says the Nilotic people are in this hot tropical belt and that they ave such distinct "racial" features. But many of the Nilotes have NARROW noses, a consequence of living not merely in "jungle" but in deserts, and high altitude places like parts of Ethiopia and Kenya and Rwanda. Narrow noses are not a "Racial" feature,- they are just as African as broad noses. Some of the "racial" traits he mentions as so "unique," also appear in West and Central Africa. Deserts for example can make for narrower noses over time. Adaptations to local zones are not "racial" - they are just adaptations. Tall, lily white cold climate Swedes or Scots from northern Europe are not a different "race" from shorter, browner skinned, warmer MEdit climate Italians and Portugese. But when it domes to Africa, too often some are talking bout "different" races, using a double standard they do not apply to white populations- just as Diop said so many years ago.
Diop is dated somewhat but with corrections... With what we know now, Diop may need to be slightly modified. We know that East and West Africa are not "extremes" of the same reality as he said elsewhere, but part of a related continuum, that varies in time and place, but still one continuum and reality. Also Diop's notion of a neat "color coded" division of mankind, Europe-white, Asia-yellow, Africa-black, is outmoded based on what we now know. Africans have the most diverse skin coloration. Yellow skin in not an "Asian" specialty, nor i pale white skin exclusively "European" though different areas may show more of a particular tone. But mere volume does not reverse the fact of African diversity,
Sad to have to be saying this in 2018, but some folk have still not gotten the memo.. and unfortunately a lying "hereditarian" crowd fills the web with distortion 24/7.. =====================================================================================
Overall the video gets many things right though some other facts appear a bit off.
He says the Nubians adopted Christianity in the 6th century AD. THis may be so as far as "official" royal court records of Makuria, but CHristians and their missions have been in that area some 300 years before, almost from the beginning of CHristianity. Indeed one of the first converts to Christianity is a Cushite, the CUshite chariot rider in Acts 8, who was an administrator under his Cushite queen- the Candace.-as recorded in the Bible.
He also makes insinuates something "special" about Tutsi looks as "racial" differences, though thankfully, he does not claim the simplistic and nonsensical "wandering Caucasoids" BS claim about Tutsis being part "Caucasoid" to explain their narrow noses. DNA studies show the Tutsi and closely related to the supposedly "more Bantu" Hutu.
Its a fairly good general video overall, save for those areas. You say he has improved over time? Well that's a plus.
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2018 13:10:48 GMT -5 by zarahan