How does this fail? Let me count the ways.
First of all, if the - and I use this term loosely - "History" Channel is going to keep running shit like this, then it needs to change its goddamn name already. Secondly, kids, riddle me this: How come when POC were running the world, they needed extraterrestrial help to do it, but when white people are wrecking the world, these aliens are conveniently nowhere to be found? Not even a phone call to check up on us or a card on our birthday....
Let's be real. The members of the oldest civilizations are people of color. The oldest kingdoms, the very earliest history, the beginning of our species as we know it belong to the those of the darkest skin. It was they who built pyramids and empires around them, studied and contemplated the nature of the universe, while naming the stars, tracking the winds and rains, and mapping the varying shades and shaping of the earth. Yes, people of color did this...all by their lone wolf lonesome, painful as some WP might find it.
The desperation to downplay the achievements of POC across space and time is now officially hilarious. It has become so ridiculous we can officially laugh it off.
Now I have to pause and wonder how POC will remember white people after they're gone, which is coming a lot sooner than most white folks care to admit (they're currently 12% of the species, and that's slated to drop to 9% in 50 years. At a 6% decrease per century, how much longer do you think they'll be around?). How will our descendants write about them? Will they mention them at all? Will they incorporate white folks into their superstitions?
What credit will our descendants give to those who denied credit to anyone but themselves?
**Update**Ohhhh Lawd...the lil sis and I are watching the "Angels and Aliens" segment of this shit, in which the myth is that humans were populated by people from the stars who landed in the Middle East, "thus beginning of what we know to be our time", and thereby completely - conveniently - removing the pesky "all life started in Africa" portion of the equation. Since there's absolutely no evidence whatsoever of human civilization beginning in Europe, they decided to go with the next lightest-skinned, most Caucasian-looking option available.
The stench of desperation has just reached an all-time low.