Allah, an educator, says archaeology is rooted in racism. "I think people don't oftentimes understand that when you look at [archaeology] within the context of how it was … originated by Europeans, that these were not scientists or archaeologists," he tells the CBC. "These were usually white racist hobbyists."
He believes the Cataract House community project is part of an important shift in how archaeology is including Black and brown people.
Throughout history, people of colour have been judged to be inferior to white people, often under the guise of science.