James presents seven primary arguments: (1) Greek philosophy was stolen Egyptian philosophy (2) Greek philosophy was alien to the Greeks (3) Greek philosophy was the off-spring of the Egyptian Mystery System (4) the Egyptians educated the Greeks (5) the doctrines of Greek philosophers are the doctrines of the Egyptian Mystery System (6) the education of the Egyptian Priests, and the Curriculum of the Mystery System, show Egypt was the source of Higher Education in the ancient world, not Greece; and (7) the Memphite Theology contains the theology, philosophy, and cosmology of the Egyptians and is therefore an authoritative source of doctrinal origin.
The release of Dr James’ long-awaited book stirred tremendous controversy in 1954 in apartheid America. His very attack on the Greco-Roman, Judaeo-Christian foundation of Western civilization upset western acade- mia and still does today. His unveiling that Aristotle stole and plagiarized materials from the royal libraries and temples throughout Egypt offended those whose intent it was to keep Afrikans in subordinated places, away from power, and held captive by a history that starts in slavery thus having no impact on world high-culture except as hewers of wood and drawers of water. Dr James’ life ended in 1954 under suspicious circumstances, many alleging that he was murdered for revealing too much and thus daring to challenge the established racist European American power structure that vampiristically lives off black oppression. James’ work was seen as a shot across the bow of white supremacy, one whose echo reverberates throughout the Afrikan world. James had attained the nous. His Stolen Legacy is a must-read.
P.S. Recently, James’ work has come under attack. James made several errors, as he had to rely on various modern authors’ translations of Medu Netcher. However, in Civilization or Barbarism, Diop has revisited the idea of the stolen legacy and by using his own translations of the Kemetic language, he has confirmed much of James’ work.