World Holocausts (Article)

The word “holocaust” has been used so much to describe the damage done to one people of  the earth, that it is usually not identified with others. The definition of a holocaust is a thorough attempt at genocide of any race or cultural group. This has been attempted and/or successfully accomplished against people, and other life forms, all over this world, especially during European expansions of power in the last 400 years. In order to dispel the conception that the word holocaust should be identified with activities during the misinterpreted war called World War II, I must explain comparisons.

The genocidal action against the Jewish people by the Hitler era has is currently known as the most significant episode in recent European History, but not in the rest of the world. For example; it has become traditional to ignore the plight of the Native peoples & deny struggles for empowerment. To this day, the European descendant peoples in control of the societies of the America’s, deny anyone of native heritage to become a representative in the United Nations, etc. The word holocaust is badly associated only with the Nazi’s & Germans in most people educated in Europe and North America.

Hitler and the Nazi Party gained power in Germany in 1933 and lost power in 1945 — only 12 years. Yet, by the end of the Hitler regime, the world had been plunged into a global world war, Europe was in shambles and nearly 30 million died. Among the dead were over six million Jews who were systematically slaughtered for no other reason than that they were Jews. This event has come to be called THE HOLOCAUST. In the view of certain writers, the term “Holocaust” must be reserved for this specific time and set of events. Certainly there have been numerous atrocities against humankind throughout history, horrible cases of genocide directed against innocent people — 38 million Africans died during the 200+ years of the international slave trade, the decimation of over 18 million Native American Indians in North America between 1600 and the 1870’s, due to direct assault, early biological warfare, and corruption of social supports.

The information I gathered generally covers the African Holocaust, Indigenous People’s Holocausts, Polynesian Holocausts, and some Holocausts centered on Religious Groups. The motivations for each were racial, economic, and religious. The instigation of the majority of the problems from genocide, to environmental destruction, to cultural changes leading to self-destruction, has been created by the actions of the people of the European Continent. The basis for the conception of destroying other peoples of the world came from a misfortunate series of events, both natural & ego based, for control of the geo-political arena.

To start, let’s begin with world history from what is called Pre-History in various civilizations. During this period of so called unrecorded history, virtually all peoples in Africa, and the temperate/tropical zone peoples of Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the America’s were advanced in terms of society, way beyond what is currently observed. From this point, I must state a summary of the people’s histories, continent by continent.

Africa contains descendants of the original people of the earth. The holocausts that have occurred first were against African people, by people who came from what is now called the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia), formerly Persia. The conquer of the lands currently called Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, and other places, contained the destruction of scores of people, their civilizations, and recording literature. Throughout the centuries of wars from 4500b.c. to today, descendants of brainwashed slaves, offspring from raped slaves, and other prisoners of war, added to gradual progression into central and West Africa. Entire Cities of people were slaughtered. To date, there are many cities in Africa were little or no Africans exist. This process made for the destruction of over 80-million Africans on the continent.

In current West African Areas, the leadership of the townships, Arabized Africans, other Muslim Exploiters, replaced universities such as Timbuktu, and the cities or they misinformed those they did not replace while including threats and promises. From 4500b.c. to the 1400-1500’s, the European Elite had been gaining intentions on controlling Africa. With the advancement of the technologies of weaponry, transportation, home building, and food production, at the same time they were jealous of the profit there past opponents, the Islamic conquerors, were gaining.

All of this was aided by the spread of epidemics from European & their Asian counterparts, and the fact that many African Civilizations were going through golden ages of peace. Within the 1600’s, many Nations of Europe engaged in the creation of what we now call the “Middle Passage”, or the Atlantic Slave Trade (West African Holocaust). In the main 200 years of this holocaust, a measure of 38 million African people were killed either on the continent resistance wars, in transit across the ocean, or during short lives were they were placed. Results of the attacks on the people have left foreign concepts in play across the continent including, customs like female mutilation, paternal superiority, and poor agricultural practices.

The Polynesians (Hawaiians, others) are Holocaust victims tool. European Invaders were responsible for the Polynesian holocausts. Again, not just weapons and alien fighting techniques, but purposeful infection by spreading there own diseases has been a favorite tool of suppression & genocide. In order to attain the Islands of Hawaii, the European invaders used all available tools at their disposal to take the land from its original inhabitants. Today, only fractions of the 1000’s of original inhabitants exist, but are slowly regaining their prominence.

The (Indigenous) Native Americans Peoples of the Caribbean, North, and South America have also endured holocausts. Columbus made four voyages to the continental area called the Americas. Columbus installed himself as Governor of the Caribbean islands, with headquarters on Hispaniola (the large island now shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic). He described the people, the Arawak (called by some as the Tainos. http://www.hartford-hwp.com/taino/, 3-2-03) to his Psychotic counterparts in leadership of Europe, through his reports.

After Columbus had surveyed the Caribbean region, he returned to Spain to prepare his invasion of the Americas. From accounts of his second voyage, we can begin to understand what the New World represented to Columbus and his men – it offered them life without limits, unbridled freedom. Columbus took the title “Admiral of the Ocean Sea” and proceeded to unleash a reign of terror unlike anything seen before or since. When he was finished, “Eight Million” Arawak – virtually the entire native population of the places we call Hispaniola, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, etc., – had been exterminated by torture, murder, forced labor, starvation, disease and despair. “One day, in front of the Mission called Las Casas; the Spanish dismembered, beheaded, and/ or raped 3000 people.” The Spanish cut off the legs of children who ran from them. They poured people full of boiling soap. They made bets as to who, with one sweep of his sword, could cut a person in half. They loosed dogs that ‘devoured an Indian like a hog, at first sight, in less than a moment.’ They used nursing infants for dog food.”

This was not occasional violence – it was a systematic, prolonged campaign of brutality and sadism, a policy of torture, mass murder, slavery and forced labor that continued for CENTURIES. “The destruction of the Indians of the Americas was, far and away, the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world.”

Eventually more than 100 million natives fell under European rule. Their extermination would follow. As the natives died out, slaves brought from Africa replaced them. To make a long story short, Columbus established a pattern that held for five centuries – a “ruthless, angry search for wealth.” “There was no real ending to the conquest of Latin America. It continued in remote forests and on far mountainsides. It is still going on in our day when miners and ranchers invade land belonging to the Amazon Indians and armed thugs occupy Indian villages in the backwoods of Central America.”

In the 1980s, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, the U.S. government knowingly gave direct aid to genocidal campaigns that murdered tens of thousands Mayan Indian people in Guatemala and others killing indigenous people, including the South African Apartheid regime.

Continuing the gruesome tradition of the 1980s, to terrorize, the U.S. government-funded paramilitaries to mass-murder Indians in Central and South America. The bestial carnage committed by Uncle Sam’s armies includes countless disappearances, epidemic rape, starvation, fatal mutilation, and torture. The U.S. trained, Colombian paramilitaries have even made their own gruesome addition to the usual list of horrors; such as public be-headings.

In the U.S., Indians were defined as subhuman, lower than animals. George Washington compared them to wolves, “beasts of prey” and called for their total destruction. Andrew Jackson (whose portrait appears on the U.S. $20 bill today) in 1814 “Supervised the mutilation of 800 or more Creek Indian corpses – the bodies of men, women and children that [his troops] had massacred – cutting off their noses to count and preserve a record of the dead, slicing long strips of flesh from their bodies to tan and turn into bridle reins.” The policy of extermination (genocide) – grew more insistent as settlers pushed westward: In 1851, the Governor of California officially called for the extermination of the Indians in his state.

(An excerpt from chapter-4 of my book “Knowledge for Tomorrow”)

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Member of the Earth Charter; Sierra Club; Advancing the Research; co-founder the African Heritage Association of Ghana. Currently an Educator, Author, and Activist.
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