Ma’afa


Until lions tell their story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter

Holocaust: A word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.”  The modern use of this word has become solely associated with the systematic, bureaucratic and state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million German-European citizens who were of Jewish, homosexual, socialist, African descent and persuasion and included anyone else who was on the outs with the Nazi party and its collaborators. The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that all others including the “Jews” were deemed “inferior,” and an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

The Maafa (also known as the African Holocaust or Holocaust of Enslavement) refers to the 500 years of suffering of my African ancestors on the continent and the  diaspora, through chattle enslavements as prisoners of  imperialist, and colonialist warfare. This was accomplished through invasions, oppressions, dehumanizations and cultural, spiritual and political exploitation. The terms also refer to the social and academic policies that were used to invalidate or appropriate the contributions of African peoples to humanity as a whole, and the residual effects of this persecution, as manifest in contemporary society.] Maafa is a Kiswahili word used to describe a terrible occurrence, a real calamity, catastrophe, tragedy or disaster. Dr. Marimba Ani’s 1994 book Let the Circle Be Unbroken: The Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspor; introduced it into contemporary African-American scholarship as a preferred reference to the period in world history, identified as the Middle Passage or Transatlantic Slave Trade.  African Holocaust or the Greeks “sacrificial burning”, is preferred by other scholars to emphasize the intentional characteristics of the old slash and burn, scorched earth approach to the razing of African towns, cities, cultures and societies.

The enslavement of Africans by Caucasians of Southern and Northern Europe was mostly referred to as the Atlantic slave trade, a phrase that has been criticized for emphasizing the commercial aspects of the African persecution, in keeping with a European or Caucasian his-storiocal worldview.

We were stolen from our homes, torn away from the bosom of our parents, lovers and family, locked in chains in filthy disease ridden dungeons and taken across an ocean on rickety filthy, disease ridden ships, infested with human viruses as our captors. And for more than 500 years, our blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known.

But when commercial enslavement ended, our captors, the human virus wanted nothing else to do with us, but didn’t know what to do with us…since our welcome was over. The morally broke and decrepit corporation called America Inc’s wealthy elite had decided it was time for us to disappear and were not particular about how it might be done. Anti-African hatred, misnomered as racism will forever be a constant within the Matrix and in the minds of members of our communities.

This powerful psycho-drama is the beginning of a healing and educational process regarding an overlooked chapter of ourstory that has affected people of all ethnicities and cultures, and educating ourselves first, on the debilitating legacy of the Maafa, then on the proper solutions through self actualization and Marcus Garvey’s “race pride” and nation building from a cultural foundation. 

The human viruses that were the slavers used the  “curse of Ham” sory from the European fantasy book, for their own moral rationalization to develop and perpetuate this “peculiar institution.” During the Middle Ages, a time of great ignorance and superstition for that part of Europe not influenced by the Moors sccholars of the Bible picked up on the Talmud ideaof viewing the “sons of Ham” or Hamites as cursed, possibly “blackened” by their sins. Early arguments to this became increasingly common during the Ma’afa period in the 18th and 19th centuries, when it began to be used as a justification or rationalization of chattle slavery, to suit the economic and ideological interests of the elite.

In 19th century, the belief that Africans were descended from Ham was used by Caucasians in the corporate United States to justify Southern slavery and was written into the constitution as 3/5 of humans.. According to Benjamin Braude, the curse of Ham became “a foundation myth for collective degradation, conventionally trotted out as God’s reason for condemning generations of dark-skinned peoples from Africa to slavery.”

Thanks to numerous strong African warriors, who have answered our ancestors plea to never forget, three endeavours have set out to remind us and the children of the elite and their Pirate slave catchers that we too have promised never to forget the atrocities  perpetuated on us.

500 years later: http://www.500yearslater.com/

“Not just burning some small, thatched roof houses but destroying towns, cities, villages, great works of art, great literature’s and the people that made that art and literature! Songs we would never hear! Histories we would never know! Art we would never see! Because the European had the capacity to destroy and didn’t have the moral restraint not to”

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Maafa21: http://www.maafa21.com/

What you are about to see is that the plan these people set in motion 150 years ago is still being carried out today. So don’t think that this is history. It is not. It is happening right here, and it’s happening right now.”

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THE MAAFA COMMEMORATION IN NEW YORK: www.africanholocaust.net/news_ah/miseducationofchild.html

A coming together of our community for 15 years, to memorialize and honour the millions of Africans lost in the horror of what has previously been identified as the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade/Middle Passage.  The focal point of the event has been The MAAFA SUITE…A Healing Journey®, a transformative theatre production, directed by Michele Hawkins-Jones.

 —from the website

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