Reparations 101: Holocaust of enslavement, not that long ago
by, 04-12-2009 at 09:41 AM (1102 Views)
Prior to and since the first landing of the ship of enslavement, Africans have been forcefully conditioned, our reasoning inverted, causing our perception and reality to be mangled and twisted. Europeanized and Americanized Africans are de-capitalized by White America’s unjust-enrichment from the holocaust of enslavement. Enslavement of Africans as chattel property was about more than economics.
According to Dr. Maulana Karenga, African enslavement must be defined as holocaust. By holocaust he means “a morally monstrous act of genocide that is not only against the people themselves, but also a crime against humanity.The Holocaust of enslavement expresses itself in the three basic ways: the morally monstrous destruction of human life, human culture and human possibility.”
Removing us from our own history, enslaving us and brutally exploiting our labor, limited and prevented us from building our own future based on the origins of Black civilization, which is our human right.
The proverbial “past” is not as far back as we are lead to believe. In his book Pawned Sovereignty, Ezrah Aharone, uses America’s official version of history that enslavement of Africans in America began in 1619 and was abolished in 1865. This means that to the year we spent 244 years in captivity.
Since it is now 2009, we have been so-called “free” for only 144 years. This means that we were enslaved for 100 years longer than we have been free. This means that 100 years of our so-called freedom (1865-1965) were spent trying to repair ourselves and seeking recognition as humans. Still, today, we are not fully repaired or recognized as others in the global economic family of people. We were “freed” dead broke, while the enslavers were paid reparations based on our ancestors’ production as chattel property.
During this time, profiting from un-just enrichment enabled Europeans to amass, centralize, and lockup untold amounts of wealth produced by the system of enslavement. It is not hard to understand why Blacks are at the bottom of most socio-economic statistics that are good and at the top of those that are bad.
So, of our 390 years in America, we have been out of enslavement and segregation, as we have known it for only 44 years! We must also understand that during the 100 years we sought recognition as humans, the crimes against humanity were being covered-up and generations indoctrinated to the enslavers history and psychology.