Greater Holocaust: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
by Ndagi Abdullahi
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is evidently the greatest catastrophe in human history. But most of us are not even aware of this because conventional scholarship is not admitting that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is the greatest catastrophe and the largest genocide ever in historical times.
There are a lot of reasons and factors why the world is not looking at the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade as the greatest disaster in the historical times. A leading reason is a racist one, namely, the evidence that the victims of this colossal and unprecedented genocide were Black African and not Europeans or North Americans. Simply because it was Africa and the Black African that suffered the horrors of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is a major reason why the Western establishment have never emphasize the basis that this Trans-Atlantic Slave is the greatest human catastrophe in historical times.
If it were the White race or people of European descents that were eliminated and subjected to such inhumane conditions as the Black Africans were during the Era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave the entire Western scholarship would have been repeatedly drumming it down our ears day in day out that this is the greatest disaster in the history of humanity.
200 Million Africans
Another important factor or reason why the entire world is not looking at the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade as a genocide of unprecedented dimensions is that the numbers of victims involved in this world catastrophe has been seriously downplayed by Western historians and scholars who already have reasons to do so since the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is a serious indictment of the West. What Western scholarship is telling us today is that the only some 12 million or even less numbers of Black African Negroes were the victims of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
But the certainty is that the number of Black African victims of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is far beyond the 12 million or less figure that Western scholarship is forcing us to believe today. The certitude is that close to some 200 million Black African peoples fall victims to the horrors of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
And then we need to look at the implication of these figures. If the West is admitting that some 12 million Black African Negroes were affected by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade then we should mark the actuality that this 12 million figure is twice the number of 6 million Jews killed during the Second World War.
As a matter of palpability only 6 million Jews were killed during the Second World War yet the Western media and scholarship will not let us rest to this very day about the horrors off the killing of six million Jews during the Second World. Now, nobody is denying the genuineness that the killing of six million Jews during the Second World War is not a great disaster and a reprehensible one at that. But the issue here is that the same Western media that is always drumming it down our ears that six million Jews were affected negatively by the Second World War has never tell us that the negative impact of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade on the lives of 12 million Black African Negroes is something to be drummed down the ears of all the peoples of the world day in day out.
And now we are actually saying that the 12 million figure is actually a lie and an attempt by the Westerners to water down the truth. We are saying that the actual number of Black African Negro peoples who fall victims to the horrors of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is far more than the 12 million the West is lying to us. The actual numbers, as we have said before, is some 200 million Black African Negro people affected by this disaster called the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Now then, has anybody actually imagined the socio-cultural implications of destroying some 200 million peoples? The number 200 million of a people is a number that is too great to be overlooked in a socio-cultural sense. Has anybody ever observed that with 200 million people one can actually establish and maintain an entire civilization that can last for several millennia?
If we know the importance and significance of the number of 200 million people that Africa lost to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade we will then begin to see the disaster and catastrophe that actually visited Africa in the name of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
As a matter of permanence Africa lost its most able-bodied and best intellectual assets to Europe and North America in the name of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. What most of us and sociologists have not observed with regard to the question of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is the solidity that the 200 million people that Black Negro Africa lost to the West is enough to have built Africa into the greatest power in the world if Africa had not lost that gargantuan population to the West at that particular juncture in the history of humanity.
We need to mark the truth that it was the best of the people of Africa that were selected and transported across the Atlantic to the Americas during the era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The weak, the old, the crippled and the demented were all left behind in Africa while the most healthy, the able-bodied youth, and the intelligentsia were the ones that were carefully selected and sold into slavery and shipped to the West. In other words what the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade succeeded in doing is in depopulating Africa of its best 200 million people who were used to subsequently built and develop Europe and the Americas.
Africans Built America
It was this best of Africa that were then used to build and develop Europe and the Americas. These 200 million people, representing the best of Africa, that were supposed to have been the ones to build Africa into the greatest power in the world were instead shipped through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the West to build Europe and the Americas into what they are today.
In point of fact it is clear and indisputable that without the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its consequent contribution of the Black African Negro slaves, Europe and the Americas could not have developed into what they are today. It is becoming more and more evident over the time that it was the genius of the Black African Negro slaves brought to the West by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade that went into the building of both Europe and the Americas into what they are today.
It was the Black African Negro of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade era who built the Americas and even Europe into what they are today. For the skeptics who will find it difficult to believe this the first simple question we ask them is if the Black African Negro slaves were not shipped to the Americas who would have tended the vast plantations that built the economic and agricultural foundations upon which America came to be built on?
The native American Indians and the White immigrants from Europe could not have tended and maintained the vast plantations that covered the USA during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade era. It was the Black African Negro slaves shipped in their millions from West Africa who came to build and tended these plantations of the USA. Yet American economy and every other aspect of the American society of that era were built on and revolved around these same plantations. Without those plantations there is no way the USA could have grown into what it is today.
But then the example of the plantations we gave above is just one out of an endless other examples of how it was the Black African Negroes brought by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the Americas from here West Africa who built America into what it is today.
Less known examples of how the Black African Negroes transported to the Americas by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade built America is the certainty that the intellectual, scientific and spiritual foundations of the Americas were also largely laid and defined by these Black African Negroes from West Africa. When the White man arrived the Americas he was basically lacking in intellectual, scientific and spiritual talents and potentials. In other words it was the dregs of the European society who were shipped to the Americas as is best exemplified with the example of the Mayflower Puritans. Contrary to what American propagandists are telling us today the truth of the matter is that the Puritans were chased out of Europe because they were rightly considered to be too intellectually inferior to remain in Europe. Authorities of the Church of England actually referred to the Puritans who left for the Netherlands as low IQ imbeciles. It was people accused of low IQ, people of the ilk of these Puritans, that largely left Europe for the Americas while the best brains and the best of the Europeans remained behind in Europe.
In other words it was the dregs of the European society that largely immigrated to the Americas. And of course little should be expected out of these dregs of the European society who emigrated to the Americas in terms of intellectual, scholarly, scientific or even spiritual refinement or development. Veritably many of the early European colonists to New England were on the brink of being totally wiped out by their new environment until the Native American Indians came and saved the White man from extinction.
But, and on the other hand, it was the best of the Black African Negroes that were shipped from West Africa through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the Americas. This, of course, means that we ended up with an interesting scenario whereby the worst of the Europeans and the best of the Africans ended up living together in the Americas.
In the Americas of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade days it was the best of the Black African Negroes that were shipped to the Americas through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade while they became slaves to the White Americans who were in reality the worse of the Europeans who emigrated to the Americas. It so happened that because these best Black Africans were slaves to the worse Europeans the true glory and excellence of these best Black Africans were overshadowed by the worse of the White Americans. And such was it that the intellectual, scholarly, scientific and spiritual refinements and developments of these Black African Negroes were silently and inaudibly transferred to the Whites who eventually came to laid claims to these Black African Negro refinements and social values.
We should mark the actuality, for instance, that almost all the scientific discoveries made in the Americas of the ante-bellum era were actually made by Black African Negro slaves and freedmen and not by the White people whose names are patented to these scientific discoveries to this very day. There are two factors we should note in this context. The first is that in those days a patent cannot be registered in the name of a slave and so all the scientific discoveries made by slaves were patented in the names of their slave masters who consequently appeared to be the inventors of the scientific inventions. The second issue also is that it is almost impossible in those days for White people to make scientific discoveries or come up with inventions because scientific discoveries actually goes with spiritualism which the White people don’t have and which is peculiar to almost every Black African Negro slave coming from the West Africa of those days.
In any case what we are trying to say is that the economic, political scientific, and intellectual foundations of the Americas were laid by the Black African Negro slaves who were shipped in their millions from West Africa to the Americas by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. And we are still saying that it was the best and most active section of the African population that was shipped to the West by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. If these people were left behind in Africa they would have built Africa into the greatest power in the world by the turn of the 19th century. But Africa bled to near death and was prostrated into a dying skeleton by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade thereby making it easy for the imperialist colonialists from Europe to conquer Africa for their colonial designs.
What the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade did was to shift the base of civilization from Africa to the West. If the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade had not taken place at that particular time that it did in history, it would have been West Africa that would have grown in terms of culture and civilization at that very period and not the European and American countries of the West. It was the vibrant and able-bodied population of West Africa that was used to build Africa into a great culture and civilization at that particular period in history that were enslaved and shipped to the West where they ended up building the European and American countries of the West into the cultures and civilizations we see them as today. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade came and translocated high culture and civilization in a painful manner from West Africa to Europe during the Slave Era.
Africa Conquered the West through the Slave Trade
But then, and one thing almost all historians and sociologists are not aware of is the authenticity that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade also served a great sociological purpose in the history of humanity in modern times. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade made it possible for Africa to conquer the West!
Yes, what we are all so familiar with is the obvious fact that the West conquered Africa and bled Africa to almost certain death through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. But what we are not looking at is the fact that the reverse of this fact is also the case if we look at it from a long term perspective. In the long term it is Africa that has come to conquered the West through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Some six hundred or so years today after the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in the 1440s we can all see now that the Western Hemisphere has been greatly inundated by the population, culture and influence of Black Africa deriving mainly from the large population of Black African Negroes shipped to the Americas through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in the Slave Era.
The immediate effect of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is that the West conquered Africa in the sense that the Africans were first enslaved and shipped t the West and then Africa itself was later on subjected to colonialism by the West. But the long term effect of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is that African influence has continued to overwhelm the West ever since the days of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to this very day. We see, for instance, that there are not as many Chinese in the West as there are Black African Negroes in the West simply because the Chinese were not shipped in their millions to the West as slaves during the slave era.
So what we are seeing here is that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade actually had a negative and a beneficial effect on Africa. The negative effect was in the short term in the sense that it has to do with the enslavement and the colonial conquest of Africa. But the beneficial effect is the truth that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was actually a means through which Africa has come to conquer the West and is today coming to socio-culturally dominate the West.
We see that had it not been for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Africa would have been an isolated continent much the same manner that China is today. Despite the substance that China has risen into a world superpower but China still remains relatively an isolated continent, the Chinese are still mainly indigenous only to the Chinese subcontinent. But that is not the case with Africa. What we see, on the other hand, about Africa is that the Black African Negroes are now indigenous to the Americas and also to some extent to Europe and all this was due to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Greener Pastures Conquest
There is no way the West can today divest itself of the African population indigenous to it. And these indigenous African population to the West were engendered by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. But apart from the indigenous African population of the West engendered by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade there is also the modern conquest of the West by the massive influx of Black African Negroes into the West through the process of migration. Most people view this modern migration of the Black African Negroes to the West as due to the quest for ‘greener pastures’ but most people are not aware of the subtle sociological processes involved in this modern mass migration of Black Africa Negroes to the West namely that it is due to the reality that the African continent has actually become too small for the burgeoning Black African Negro population.
There is a demographic factor that we seem not to be aware of in modern times, namely, that when the population of a people become too much for its indigenous continent these people will use and find every means at their disposal to migrate out of their continent in large numbers and go to overwhelm, invade or conquer other continents. We see a good example of this in the case of the Europeans during their so-called ages of exploration and discovery. What happened in those days was simply the truth that the population of the Europeans became too much for Europe and the Europeans then migrated out in large numbers to other continents and parts of the world in the name of exploration, discovery, imperialism and colonialism. That was what led to the invasion of so many parts of the world by the White European races including places like the Americas, South Africa, Australia and parts of Oceania, and so on and on. It was actually the age of the European conquest of the world.
What we are witnessing today is the age of the African conquest of the world. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade has laid the foundations for this during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade slave era when millions of Black African Negroes were shipped to the West – Europe and North America – and they became indigenous to the West. Ever since then African values, traditions and cultures have gradually overwhelmed the West in such a manner that the Americas for instance is going greatly African in so many of its socio-cultural values and even in a demographic sense. We see, for instance, that the African population of the Americas is not declining but is actually exploding over the centuries. And we also see the fact that African socio-cultural values are becoming more and more pronounced in the Americas such that it has already been observed by so many independent researchers that the Americas are becoming more and more Africanized everyday and that soon the Americas will be nothing but satellites continents of the African continent.
But then we shouldn’t forget the truth that in these modern times the migration of Black African Negroes to the West is on the rise in an unprecedented manner. In reality so massive is the migration of the Black African Negro peoples from the African continent to the West that the West has no other option than to accept the unpalatable fact that it is literally being silently overwhelmed and conquered by Black Negro Africa. This is what you see when the population of the Black African Negroes become too much for the African continent. And this process will definitely gain further momentum with time.
Africa is on the rise to world dominion right now and Africa will definitely use its indigenalized Western population to dominate and rule the world. With its Black African Negro population indigenous to the West the West is already a conquered domain of Africa in this modern rise of Africa to dominate and rule the world.
Well, we would like to emphasize the certitude that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade need to be viewed more properly for what it really is, namely, that it was the greatest catastrophe in the modern history of humanity. Nothing in the history of mankind compares to the disasters and horrors of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. We can compare the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the Jewish pogroms in Europe, the Jewish Holocaust, the death tolls of the two world wars, and so on and on and we will see that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade far outstrips all these human disasters in very far manners. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade disastrously affected 200 million Black African Negroes and this number, 200 million, is a number that is far above the combined number of the victims of all the other human disasters we have just listed previously. The Jewish pogroms affected some 100 thousand Jews, the Jewish holocaust affected just some 6 million Jews, the WWIIs affected some 60 million people, and so on and on. We can see that none of these have any figure that is even close to half the 200 million victims of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Yet nobody is talking about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade as the greatest human disasters in modern history simply because it was the Black African Negro peoples that were the victims of this horror called the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.