Maafa Definition


(Afrocentrism) The history of slavery and anti-black racism and discrimination in the United States; the supposed "genocide against Africans" associated with historical slavery.


Origin of Maafa

  • From the Swahili plurale tantum maafa (“disaster, catastrophe”). Coined in 1994 by Marimba Ani (in Let the Circle Be Unbroken: The Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspora) on the model of the Hebrew-derived designation Shoah of the Jewish Holocaust.

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