As much as I LOVE this sculpture/monument and agree wholeheartedly with the ideas behind it, I can’t say I agree with calling it the “African Holocaust.” By definition a holocaust is the result of the destruction or mass slaughter of a specific people especially through fire. So, by that definition, the African slave trade cannot be classified as a “holocaust.” Of course, the slave trade was an awful part of history and I feel deeply for those who were both directly and indirectly affected by it but by calling it a holocaust, one is rewriting history, therefore lessening the impact of the actual events of both the Jewish Holocaust and the African slave trade. The word SLAVE is already jarring. Be proud of your history even if it wasn’t pleasant.

As much as I LOVE this sculpture/monument and agree wholeheartedly with the ideas behind it, I can’t say I agree with calling it the “African Holocaust.” By definition a holocaust is the result of the destruction or mass slaughter of a specific people especially through fire. So, by that definition, the African slave trade cannot be classified as a “holocaust.” Of course, the slave trade was an awful part of history and I feel deeply for those who were both directly and indirectly affected by it but by calling it a holocaust, one is rewriting history, therefore lessening the impact of the actual events of both the Jewish Holocaust and the African slave trade. The word SLAVE is already jarring. Be proud of your history even if it wasn’t pleasant.

06/14/12 at 1:17am
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  8. blackourstory reblogged this from africaninsights and added:
    The correct term is the African Maafa. So y’all can keep your “holocaust’ - we have our own words, too, you know.
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    PS- I do not mean “Maafa”. Maafa is a Swahili term that denotes the loss of life on a large scale. It could be due to...
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    Ugh shut up
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    I don’t know what this is about—-BUT THE SCULPTURE IS AWESOME.
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