AFRICA AND SLAVERY: The word ”’Maafa”’ (also known as the African Holocaust) is derived from a Kiswahili word meaning disaster, terrible occurrence or great tragedy.
The term today collectively refers to the Pan-African study of the 500 hundred years of ongoing suffering of people of African heritage through Slavery, imperialism, colonialism, apartheid, oppression, invasions and exploitation.
The African Holocaust is a pan-African discourse on the global historical and contemporary genocide against the mental and physical health of African people. The effects of this genocide impacts all areas of African life; religion, heritage, tradition, culture, agency, self-determination, marriage, identity, rites of passage, and ethics.
And finally acts to marginalize Africans from their historical trauma and historical glory. This study does not seek to promote a binary or Manichean history, but moreover a lens for looking at patterns of persecution from within an authentic African centered framework.
The African Holocaust or Maafa, is a crime against humanity and is recognized as such by scholars, who have documented the primary and overwhelming culpability of mainly Europeans in the ongoing Holocaust against African people. Slavery, corrupted and stripped both the enslaved and the slave master of their humanity and dignity.
The African Holocaust represents an existential threat to the peoplehood and agency of African people for the last 500 Years of world history. Africa is the most exploited continent in the history of humanity; more human victim’s have been procured from Africa than all the continents of the world combined.
The consequences of this drain in human and mineral resources is one of the major factors in the global condition of African people.
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