The Maafa and Other Terms
At this current stage of history in the African (Black) Liberation Movement, it is important that key concepts be revisited and re-discussed in our continued efforts to seek clarity on certain ideas that are fundamental to the white supremacy foundation of
First, there is the idea and concept of the “Maafa.” When we discuss genocide against African People in
African People must come to the collective reality of our Maafa and act on it also.
When we use the term “Maafa,” we are talking about an African term used to describe tremendous suffering, indescribable atrocities, disaster, calamity, catastrophe, or injustice. This term is used to refer to the protracted suffering of African people and culture as a consequence of the Transatlantic Slave Trade System. As the African Maafa researcher, Michael Scott, explains - “No African was waiting as a slave to be traded to the Europeans. In all regions of
Further, Brother Scott reveals, “These Africans who became prisoners of war were placed in detention camps and then transported to the
It is important for African People to understand and internalize these brief historical facts. Just as the Jews, or any other group of people in the world, internalize their holocaust, and act on it, African People must come to the collective reality of our Maafa and act on it also.
Finally, Brother Scott instructs us that, “Our foreparents were innocent victims of these heinous system of forced labor. They were never able to comprehend being seized in early morning attacks on their villages by vicious raiding parties. They were never able to understand why they were being sold by the avaricious middle men. They could never fathom why they were being marched in fetters and chains to the coast where they were bartered for European merchandise especially rum and guns. They could never appreciate why they were being warehoused in hell-like dungeons in Elmina or Goree.”
So now that we have some insight into the idea and concept of the Maafa, it should make it easier to understand the idea and concept of genocide. In Olomenji ‘s book,White Genocide, Black Obsolescence, The Question of Black Survival In White
According to Brother Olomenji,
The white man and white woman stole and criminally appropriated the services and the value of three hundred years of labor and then passed it on through inheritance to their children.
This was the case in the CIA involvement in cocaine distribution in
As a result of the Maafa and the genocide against African People in
Reparations simply means repair for injuries, harm and damages. As it has been pointed out, over and over again, we were made chattel and worked for more than three-hundred years without pay or other compensation for the value of our labor. The white man and white woman stole and criminally appropriated the services and the value of three hundred years of labor and then passed it on through inheritance to their children. This process helped create the
We must continue to discuss these ideas in our efforts to dismantle our mental shackles. Every race and every ethnic group in the world protect their interests and African People should and must do no less.