Hannibal of Carthage was a White Man


Hannibal of Carthage was a white man if you accept the United States' census definition: "'White' refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa."

Modern multiculturalist historians are grasping wildly trying to find historical black heroes. Among their attempts is an effort to depict Hannibal, the great Carthaginian general who invaded Roman Italy, as a black man. The History Channel recently hired a black actor to portray Hannibal (to the ire of many historians).

The evidence cited to defend the History Channel's racial revision was that Hannibal's home city of Carthage was built at the very northern extreme of the African continent. Ancient Carthage, however, was only 178 miles from Italian Sicily but stood about 2,200 miles from the nearest modern sub-Saharan town of Nano, Nigeria. The Carthaginians were obviously much more racially similar to Italians than black people.

Historical novices and revisionists like to think Africa is a totally black continent, and any accomplishment that took place anywhere on that land mass belongs to black people. However, North Africa has never been a black region, and the inhabitants have been almost completely isolated from black Africans by the massive Sahara desert until very recent improvements in transportation technology.

Encyclopedia of Britannica experts have commented on North African ethnic identity: "[Hannibal's] original ancestry would be located in what is modern Lebanon today. As far as we know, little to no Africanization—if that is an acceptable term—happened there in that region [Carthage] before or during his era."


All known historical depictions of Hannibal and his family members depict them as Caucasians with high thin noses and deep set eyes. Hannibal's family, the Barcas, were descended from Phoenician aristocracy, which means they weren't even ethnically North African. Carthage was a Phoenician colony, and it's population was originally transplanted from the area around Tyre and Sidon.
DNA studies of ancient North Africans confirm they had no genetic connection to sub-Saharan black Africans. The Egyptians were the North African ethnos most likely to have contact with black Africans, via the Nile River, but a 2017 study of 90 mummies concluded the Egyptians had no genetic connection to their duskier southern neighbors:
"The study found that ancient Egyptians were most closely related to ancient populations in the Levant (modern day Syria, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon), and were also closely related to Neolithic populations from the Anatolian Peninsula and Europe."
If the Egyptians had no sub-Saharan DNA there's little chance the Carthaginians possessed any, especially considering their greater isolation from that population.

The idea that Hannibal was a black African is just another farcical attempt to prove black Africans have played an important role in human history. However, blacks never created a civilization, never invented written language or the wheel, and never built monuments prior to contact with non-black ethnic groups.

Hannibal was a Mediterranean Caucasian, and no accusations of "racism" are going to change that historical fact.


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