In Africa--and subsequently copied by all ancient cultures--the supreme name, "black," was given to the Cosmic Waters, the flow of creation that began Life and Love as humans know it today. In Ancient Egypt, "black" was the color of resurrection and eternal life, perhaps because new life was seen as emerging from the darkness.
The Amenta (the Nun, the Void, Nothingness) contains in its upper region the Mind of God and the body of God. It is all Black. Melanin (Greek, melan—black) is the substance that imparts a black or dark color to skin and is in the brain of those of the African Diaspora. Recent research connects each member of the human (i.e. Black) family (and particularly via the nervous system and brain) with the Amenta. The origin of the word "Black" is African, from the Ethiopian word Celeno. It pre-dates the Indian Sanskrit name ‘caeruleus yamas’ (i.e. "black").
Apparently the Ancient European Sanskrit borrowed the term "Black" from African populations that migrated to India from Africa many thousands of years earlier. For these and many other reasons Ancient Africans proudly called themselves "Black People."
The color "black" in African ontology (theories on the realities of "Being") actually refers to that which is “invisible.” Although “black” is popularly regarded as a distinct color, like white, for all practical purposes it is technically not a color but rather the absence of color. Advocates of the term "African American" should note that “black” and "dark"--preceding European denigration-- are highly honored in African Tradition and with both indicating the ultimate un-manifested; the realm of potential possibilities for all of the Cosmos; the inscrutable source of the One and the All; and "black" designating the ultimate in spiritual perfection. These concepts are under the terms of the Absolute, the Potential, the Unknowable, the Un-manifest, Amen, and God. In very early times "Black" was used with respect by Africans, by Europeans, and by Asians to designate those living in Africa (King, African Origin p29).
In their typical ignorant fashion, European etymologists trace the words "Black" and "Negro" to Latin “Niger” (black), which they say came from French “Noir” (black) and Italian “Nero” (black). Negro is "black" in Spanish and Portuguese and was first noted in 1555. These (among other terms) "stuck" throughtout and after slavery.
During "The Harlem Renaissance” of the 1920s resident Artists, Writers, and Musicians promoted by both races started abandoning the words "Negro", “coloured," darky Negress, and particularly Nigger in favor of Black (Portuguese)—a term ‘loosely’ applied to any non-European "race" (e.g. Asian, Indian, Caribbean, Malaysian) a little darker than many Europeans. Still, Colored, and African American did not go away. But in the 1960s "Black" again returned to prominence under such terms as "Black Power" because “Black” portrayed a stronger, self-reliant image than "African" or other terms involved in the debate. By the 1970s "Black" had almost entirely displaced Negro and has since been joined by African American, Afro- American, Afri-American, Afra- American, and Afrikan (which is now usually associated with Europeans born in Africa). To this day such designations as African American/Black and "Black/Negro" are used to refer to those having origins in any of the Black African groups.
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