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  • n. the history of slavery and anti-black racism and discrimination in the United States; the supposed "genocide against Africans" associated with historical slavery.

Etymologies

A political neologism coined in 1994 by Marimba Ani (Let the Circle Be Unbroken: The Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspora). Adopted from the Swahili plural noun maafa meaning "disaster, misfortune". Coined as a "native" term for a genocide in imitation of the Hebrew-derived Shoah. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Maafa" - a Swahili word for "tragedy" - goes through several historical resources and highlights controversial quotes linking Charles Darwin's foundational evolution theory work,

    Booker Rising

  • This European holocaust against Afrika, called the Maafa by some Pan-Afrikanists, therefore claimed the lives of, at minimum, 48 million people, and ranks as one of the greatest crimes in human history, and also one of the most lucrative, since its profits financed the creation of the European and Euro-American empire.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • The word "Maafa" is a Swahili term to describe the period of black enslavement.

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  • I was unaware of the new popularity of this pseudo-historical argument -- that pro-abortion rights activists are doing the work of racists and eugenicists -- until I joined Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) last year for a partial screening of the documentary "Maafa 21" at last year's "Take America Back" conference in St. Louis.

    'Planned Parenthood's negro project is succeeding'

  • Here's the trailer for "Maafa 21" to give an idea of what this is all about.

    'Planned Parenthood's negro project is succeeding'

  • Any one who can't see this should seek out Life Dynamics' DVD, Maafa, and see the horrendous scandal perpetrated by the Eugenics Society originally and carried out today by the agenda of Planned Parenthood.

    Billboard campaign sparks race debate

  • Perhaps what African Americans can do with the apology is take pride in knowing that we are the survivors of a great Maafa (Swahili for disaster or terrible occurrence) and despite the current challenges of racism today, we are not victims.

    Yvonne R. Davis: The US Senate Apologized for Slavery. But We Ain't Gettin' 40 Acres and a Mule!

  • The Haiti child restavek indentured servant issue cannot be equated to the Maafa, to the Euro-American chattel slavery of the TransAtlantic nor the European

    The Slavery in Haiti the Media Won't Expose

  • The roots of that misery lie in the Maafa, the three waves of the holocaust against Africa: European and Arab human trafficking of scores of millions of people, the resulting deformation of those civilisations' development and progress, and imperialism that saw Europeans militarily occupying every country on the continent--in some cases for centuries.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Their ancestors were claimed by the scores of millions in the Maafa centuries before; they were taught that they came not from civilisations, but from barbarism.

    TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: The Brotherhood Council on Barack Obama

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