Al-Maghrib: The Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, pt 1

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Bushy haired old men with their grey whiskers waxed on piously about the “insurgency in Mali (read natives who have risen up and don’t want colonial residue in their nation)” and how something desperately must be done to help the people.

“We don’t want this to become something uncontainable,” another  melanin deprived, Pinocchio nosed analyst observed. Watching the whole thing unfold and listening to the news and reading articles online made me think how many people were swallowing this pale journalism.

Has the public even thought about these matters? Muslims, some of them busy raising Palestinian flags or chanting slogans about Kashmir, have not taken an opportunity to address this new face of the “War on Terror.”

This time, the opponents are as black as midnight, as dark as obsidian and are far from us. Do we have the same concern for them as we do for the situation that unfolded in Bosnia/Herzegovina? What about Albania? How about these other places?

Then my mind moved to more inquisitive thoughts. The moment that these men were painted with the “El-Kayduh (if that’s how they’re going to pronounce it, then I suppose that is how I’ll spell it)” brush, all legitimacy was supposed to have been lost to the listener and the necessary portion of the hypothalamus should have been removed and deposited so as to hinder critical thought.

That which was to remain should have been concern, worry but relief that someone in the UN got the guts to confront these men “who hate our freedom” and want to “destroy our lives” (“Hey, Malians! Show of hands…how many here were going to overthrow your government and then use the vast West African fleet to launch a full scale invasion on London, Los Angeles or New York?”)

Reader, have you even thought about the legacy of the “Dark Continent,” or more particularly the horn of northwest of this vast continent? We need to consider this and then we can look at these men in Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso and other places with an accurate eye.

Firstly, according to Lisan ul-`Arab and most other sources, the name “Africa (or afriqah in Arabic)” denotes only from Libya to Morocco. This is not the name that was used for the entire continent.

Thus the name, “afriqah” is referring to the countries and peoples from Libya all the way to the horn of the second largest continent on the planet (the first being Asia, the home and origin of the human race from the beginning and from where all other civilisations sprang).

The original name used by many Arab sailors (who had already drawn and made reliable maps of the seven continents as well as longitudinal and latitudinal lines by AD 900) for this gigantic location was Zanj. This initial title started out for the area encompassing Zanzibar and the surrounding areas and was gradually extended.

The second thing that needs to be understood is the full reality of what has happened with this continent. Why is this in the condition that it is in and a handful or areas are swimming in riches?

What could have happened to such a cataclysmic degree that the continent and the great majority of its’ countries have been left barren (unless the reader is going to adopt the position that the more melanin you have, the more stupid and unruly you are)?

Let’s start the answer in the easiest possible way. The United States is said to be 300,000,000 people in number. Imagine someone with the military power coming across and taking 150,000,000 people and moving them across the Pacific Ocean over to mainland China to do some work.

(Did you ask if we were going to talk to them first? What would we do that for? They’re gonna love it over there!)

This happened in a matter of two centuries but the number was more like 100,000,000 and the continent was Zanj (what you were previously calling Africa). Bodies were stacked in ships like cordwood and taken into what Spaniards and Portuguese (do you ever wonder why some of them are so able to easily form vile, racist chants against players hailing from that area) as well as Americans would call the New World.

Sold repeatedly, those that reached the United States were often paired with their siblings or children with parents for sex in order to create a super race to be worked to death while cultivating the lands of the southeast of the United States.

Back in the continent, more than 12 civilisations winked out of existence in under a century, civilisations that had held up and grown with the arrival or Arabs with Islam.

(This is not to say that there were no problems between Arabs and indigenous people, but in what texts can you find in Arabic stating that people darker than them have no soul?)

The slavery being brought by the Americans and their Spanish/Portuguese colleagues was no ordinary form of slavery. People generally fall into four types of slavery depending on their circumstances:

1. Debt slavery. You take out a loan and the creditor states that this must be worked off. However, you lose track of how much you have cleared (this is especially the case when debtors are unable to read and thus are working indefinitely).

Most people in this circumstance die in debt and leave their children to work on in perpetuity trying to pay a debt whose amount they do not know.

2. Sex slavery. This often has two forms:

a) The prostitution that most of us are familiar with can be both forced and wilful. The former will often involve a facilitator (or the more common expression, ‘pimp’) who will take money from the worker and leave him/her with a stipulated amount,

which could change based upon the facilitator’s understanding. Escape from this form of slavery is nearly impossible but there are some success stories.

b) then there is sex slavery that is religious. Temples and some religious societies have temple prostitutes that are part of their charms or luck.

These temple prostitutes are often lauded to possess healing powers, good and bad luck as well as the power over life and death and the protection of livelihood. The vast majority of people in this quagmire are women although male temple prostitution is not unknown. This type of slavery is lifelong.

3. War Slavery. This is the P.O.W. Taken in war he or she could be tortured, ransomed, killed, jailed or eventually released based upon the stratagems and victors in the perspective war. Release from this temporary slavery can be secured in most circumstances.

4. Permanental Slavery Based on Race. This is the European model. It was claimed by figures within the Catholic Church (and in a more muscular fashion the Protestant Churches) that one of the sons of the Prophet Nuh, peace be upon him,

bearing the name Ham, looked at his father’s nakedness while the old man was in a state of drunkenness and engaged in sexual intercourse.

His other two sons, Japheth and Shem, when informed by Ham what had happened, piously covered their father with a blanket in order to shield his nakedness.

When the Prophet Nuh, peace be upon him, awoke and heard what had happened, he blessed his first two sons that shielded his body but cursed his third son, Ham, stating that he and his sons would be slaves to the first two sons.

This is narrated in the Bible of both groups,[1] but the commentary is the most alarming. According to commentators on both sides, the curse on Ham was to have extremely dark skin and when he smiles his lips will fatten and the slavery is because he is very dark.[2]

Also, for a dash of spice, it was mentioned that aboard the Ark during the flood, Ham could not help himself and just had to copulate with a dog.[3] This makes easy reading for anyone looking for a good historical account on the “darker races.”

By creating this structure in the beginning, it was made possible to use justification from their book and commentaries as evidence for their tactics. This was then implemented with ruthless precision.

(Curiously, over this entire period, neither the Protestant reformers nor the heads of the Catholic Church ever condemned this action. It would be several hundred years in before we ran across a Wilbur Force and other good hearted people).

Recommended Reading:

Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by David Eltis, et all

The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A History by David Rawley

The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews – Nation of Islam

Jew on the Brain: A Public Refutation of the Nation of Islam’s the Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews by Harold Brackman

The Trade: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by Victoria Coules

Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism by John Henrik Clarke


[1] Genesis, Ch. 9, ver. 18-28 as taken from Jewish Publication Society: Hebrew-English, Brooklyn, NY, AD 2003; The Holy Bible; New International Version, Gideons International, AD 1973; The King James Bible, Great Britain, AD 1900; New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, Brooklyn, NY, AD 1961

[2] Please see Louis Ginsburg’s Legends of the Jews, pp. 167-174, JHU Press, AD 1998 as translated by Henrietta Szold for the full context of this enlightening commentary. Ginsburg, a noted rabbi of the Conservative Judaism movement and scholar in Midrashic literature, even takes the time to try to reconcile these and other stories.

Our Christian colleagues may yowl in anger, stating, “This is a Jewish book so how dare you impute this to us.” However, if the reader should read the introduction and also the other notes, the author of the text not only draws from Jewish sources, but from Christian literature as well. Even if such literature might be viewed as “deuterocanonical,” it is still the case that some higher authorities saw it as a high enough standing that it was included and preached to the congregations.

[3] Please see Midrash Rabbah, Dr. H. & Simon, M. Edit Freedman, vol.1, pp. pp. 290-295, Soncino Press, AD 1951.

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