Interview with Amzie Moore
QUESTION 21
ARNDT:

NOW HOW DID THAT SHOW YOU THAT, THAT THE WHITE MAN WASN'T SUPERIOR?

Amzie Moore:

I couldn't say [laughter]. Uh, because when I got over there they had lived in the islands of the North Atlantic, the white man, in a colder climate. And when civilization was flourishing in Egypt, that's where he was still asleep. The Roman Empire took over Egypt but they took from Egypt what Egypt had and claimed it as their civilization. What, what I really found out that the only black people in Egypt were people where the Roman soldiers took women and those women were, children were born, and they were part white and part black. And the further west I went, the more of black civilization I saw, and, and, and I found out that the Roman Empire fought and took over countries and took over the civilization that the Roman Empire didn't bring about, see. So then I was thoroughly convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the civilization that existed 4,000 years ago was a civilization built by Egypt, Africa. I went on to India, a subcontinent of five hundred and something million people, all of the symmetrical settings, all the quilts, and all of the different stuff that was braided in those times - was made by black people cause all the people in India are black. There's about sixty five thousand that's not black. And I went on, come on down to the uh, Bay of Bengal and hit the Red Sea and came on around the coast of Australia and on up to Cal…to Hawaii - 80 million square miles of water, there wasn't nothing but black people. All the civilization was black - everything was black. And I was so surprised. And since then, I have not had a complex. You know, really - this civilization is dying but it's always been, the only way in the world that they could get anything, the great Roman Empire, was to get an army and go take it. Oh, it's just nuts, so, that God has made the white man superior to any people - in the Middle East uh, the Great Sea, like the Mediterranean, the further everything was more or less brought, even to the uh, uh, the, the things that they made, Egypt, was really originally Egypt. And the only thing that the west got, the Roman Empire, that, I, I, I call Italy uh, was something they took from people. The Roman Empire had an army, you know, like they go down to Egypt and uh, pick up the library, take all the books out of the library and burn it and carry the books back to Rome…all that kind of stuff. All of it just really surprised me. So I haven't had no complex since. You know. Prior to that time, I had a complex, I, I just thought that these people were smarter than we were. But that's not so. You know, that's not so.

Amzie Moore:

…and the British you know, sent all of those people that they isolated from the, uh, from the motherland - they wouldn't send them to prison, they put them off over there on that island. And they didn't see too many black folks. They'd ask us a question like - why some of you white, some of you black? I said - well, a lot of the black ones were, white ones, weren't satisfied being in white countries uh, that came where we were mixed, but really that wasn't the fact, they, slaves were brought over. And uh, well, I'm satisfied with the way, with how God has made me, perfectly satisfied. I don't feel nobody's inferior or superior. I really don't. I used to didn't feel that way. But now, shoot. It really that [unintelligible]. And I, you, now you can leave uh, Calcutta, no, you can leave uh, Egypt, you can go down the Red Sea through the Suez Canal, you can hit the Red the Red Sea, you can hit the Indian Ocean, you can go up the, the Gulf of uh, Siad - when, when you get out of there you going to find black people, all the way over. You go for miles and miles and that's what you're going to see.

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

SO UH…

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FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

ROLL, ALL SET.