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Christopher Columbus & The Genesis Of The Maafa: The Arrival of Isfet

The celebration of Christopher Columbus’ achievements is a continuation of the machinery of falsification of  the world’s memory and consciousness, where his expedition is incorrectly described in the annals of history as a “discovery” and “beneficial to human-kind“.

Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy and died on May 20, 1506 in Spain.

The arrival of Christopher Columbus on the world stage signaled the downfall of aboriginal people’s rule of their lands through decimation by European disease, rape, pillage, guns, and the European concept of god. Columbus began his historic voyages in 1492.

In 1492  two strong posts of African power fell, opening the way for Christopher Columbus or as he is sometimes referred to in various historical texts, Cristobal Colon to establish European global rule.

The first station of  African power to meet its demise in 1492 was the Moors who occupied  Spain. The Moors  conquered Spain in April 711 C.E. and remained in power until January 1492 A.D. The Europeans of Spain under the Reconquista movement re-captured Spain and restored white rule of the area on January 2, 1492. This event is referred to as the “Fall of Granada”.

The surrender of the Moors provided the newly unified Spain with the apparatus and methodology to now conquer the world. Having Spain free from Moorish rule was very beneficial to Christopher Columbus or Cristobal Colon, for it would be Spain to finance his voyages of exploitation:

“Using ships and money provided by Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, Columbus sailed west in search of a sea passage to India. He had two goals: open trade routes for Spain and bring the word of Jesus Christ to the non-Christians he expected to meet. He sailed with three ships (the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria) and on his first trip made landfall somewhere in the Bahamas.”

The second major event that enabled Europeans to spread their ways of death and destruction throughout the world via Christopher Columbus was the death of Sunni Ali Ber also known as Sonni Ali Ber. Sonni Ali Ber was the ruler of the Songhai Empire in the ancient Mali Empire, which consists of the modern-day countries of Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali and part of Niger.

“Sonni Ali is remembered in Songhai oral tradition as a magician of great power. Rather than following the Mali Empire system of Islamic city rule over a non-Islamic rural people, Sonni Ali mixed an unorthodox observance of Islam with traditional African religion. He was a man of the people rather than the elite ruling class of Muslim clerics and scholars. He is regarded as a great military commander who carried out a strategic campaign of conquest along the Niger River.”

His liberal practice of Islam which recognized and affirmed indigenous African practices did not endear him to zealots of the Muslim faith, which sought to overthrow Sonni Ali Ber’s regime:

“Sonni Ali died in 1492 as he returned from a punitive expedition against the Fulani. Oral tradition has him poisoned by Muhammad Ture, one of his commanders. A year later Muhammad Ture staged a coup d’etat against Sonni Ali’s son, Sonni Baru, and founded a new dynasty of Songhai rulers. Askiya Muhammad Ture and his descendants were strict Muslims, who reinstated orthodox observance of Islam and outlawed traditional African religions.”

The death of Sonni Ali Ber created a power vacuum in that part of West Africa and allowed Europeans as well as Arabs to penetrate Africa.

The death and destruction that Christopher Columbus ushered, resulted in massive forced upheaval of the indigenous populations of Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean. The unjust and inhuman systems of colonization, slavery, genocide and imperialism came into being, violently disrupting civilizations and ways of life practiced for centuries if not for a millenia.

This onslaught of indigenous people by the minds and hands of Europeans technology, especially tools of war, religion and intellectual justifications established the Maafa, where millions perished in the name of European profit and the advancement of their way of life.

Maafa  a term made popular by scholar Miramba Ani  is “ derived from the Swahili term for disaster, terrible occurrence or great tragedy, while the term African Holocaust, derived from a Greek word meaning sacrificial burning, is preferred by other scholars to emphasize the intentional character.”

“Maafa refers to the enslavement of African people and to the sustained attempt to dehumanize persons of African ancestry. Because the Maafa has disconnected African people from their cultural origins, they have remained vulnerable in a social order that does not reflect their cultural identity.”

Maafa is an expression of Isfet, which is the opposite of Ma’at:

Isfet was the personification of chaos, evil and injustice.

It was the opposite of Maat, and it was the task of the pharaohs to defend Maat and defeat Isfet:

“Unas has come from the Isle of Fire, after Unas had placed Maat in the stead of Isfet.  Isfet was the primordial Chaos, consisting of the waters of Nun.”

Order came into being with the act of creation, the self-impregnation of Atem in the Heliopolitan tradition and the birth of Shu and Tefnut. Isfet continued to be part of the cosmos.

At first only Egypt was exempted from it, but later adjoining, and finally far-off countries became part of the ordered world as well.

Isfet was also the evil in a person’s heart, and anybody interested in taking part in the afterlife had to make sure, not to be burdened with it. In the Papyrus of Nu there is a charm for becoming a great one of the (otherworldly) court of justice:

I am bringing you (i.e. the gods) incense and natron.
I want to expel the bad smell from your mouth.
Therfore I come in order to expel the evil in your hearts.
With this I remove the Evil (Isfet) which clings to you.
With this I bring you Good.
I present justice (Maat) to you. “

The Maafa initiated by Christopher Columbus still continues and Isfet is the defacto law of the world. When we examine the life, actions and the consequences of Columbus we can connect his legacy to past and current events. 

When we understand Christopher Columbus who was born in Genoa, Italy we know why that country has produced:

  • The Roman Catholic Church that sanctioned and participated in slavery.
  • The violent criminal syndicates la Cosa Nostra and Ndrangheta.
  • Fascist Benito Mussolini
  • As well as invaded Ethiopia twice in March, 1896 and October 1935 (The birth month of Columbus). Which Italy lost both battles to the nation of Ethiopia.

Understanding the legacy of Columbus enables one to “make sense of the Italin-American Cuomo political family. Andrew Cuomo who is the democratic party candidate for governor of New York chose a white person as his Lt. governor during the time when there is a Black president (who is also a democrat), the current governor is also a person of African ancestry and people of African ancestry comprise a significant portion of the state’s electorate. 

It is the Christopher Columbus in him. 

His father Mario Coumo who was also governor of New York despite his liberal image, was no friend to persons of African ancestry and oversaw the rise of the prison industrial complex in New York, building jails to benefit his upstate New York constituency at the expense of the Black community.  It is the Christopher Columbus in him.

Today many will take part in the Columbus myth and won’t acknowledge the tragedy of his efforts to establish white rule outside of Europe. The so-called Native-American have always resisted the glorification of Columbus. Native American activist James Cosner in 2001 according to the San Jose Mercury did the following:

Wielding a sledgehammer, justice activist James Cosner smashed a life-size statue of Christopher Columbus in front of dozens of witnesses at City Hall in San Jose, California on Thursday, March 8th. As the seven-types of marble chips flew from the blows, Cosner shouted Genocide! This man rode our backs! This man murdered us!

Most Americans do not know the murderous history of Christopher Columbus. Examining primary historical sources by Bartolome de las Casas, the biographer of Columbus son, Columbus made four voyages to the New World. He encountered the Arawaks, who occupied Haiti. An early census of the Arawak was 1.1 million, not counting children. According to a conservative estimate over 3 million Arawak lived on Haiti in pre- Columbian times. Columbus kidnapped , enslaved, and murdered the Arawak people. He ruled with severe discipline ordering the cutting off of ears or nose as punishment for minor crimes.

When the Arawaks fought back, Columbus used the excuse to wage war. On March 24th, 1495 Columbus set out to conquer the Arawaks. With 20 hunting dogs, horses, and guns Columbus set upon the Arawaks, tearing them up with dogs and mowing them down with volleys of bullets, and running them over with horses. Reporting back to Queen Isabel of Spain, Columbus boasted In the name of the holy trinity, we can send from here all the slaves that Brazil will hold. The Spaniards hunted Indians for sport and murdered them for dog food.

Seeking gold, he enslaved the remaining Arawaks to work the mines. Those who refused had their hands cut off. Conditions for the Arawak become so intolerable that as many as 100 at a time would commit suicide. Women were known to kill their newborn babies, rather than have them raised in such hideous circumstances. Columbus would reward his officers with women to rape. Girls 10 to 12 were especially desired for rape.

When Columbus son took over in 1505, he continued the slaughter. Only some 12,000 remained by 1516. By 1555 not a single Arawak remained. Haiti remains one of the primary instances of genocide in human history to be followed by more instances of genocide in Puerto Rico and Cuba. The presence of the statue prominently placed in City Hall in San Jose has been reviled by native Americans as a sick reminder of the ruthless slaughter and conquest of indigenous people in the New World.”

Having smuggled the sledgehammer into City Hall, Cosner struck the marble statue breaking off the arm, both legs, and cracking pits into the face. He cracked off the top of the scroll held by Columbus, so that the torso only remained standing by the flowing waves of the marble cape, which was still connected to the pedestal.

One passerby, Jaime Nava approached Cosner and tried to talk him into stopping. As Nava tried to calm Cosner, plainclothes officer Chris Galios, Mayor Ron Gonzales’ bodyguard, arrived and tried to persuade Cosner to stop. But it was only when three uniformed officers came through the front door with their guns drawn that Cosner ceased.

Nava used his body to shield Cosner, who had backed against a wall. Officers then handcuffed Cosner, who told them: “I’m not fighting. I’m very calm. I’m very calm.” San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzalez vowed to restore the statue, which will then be moved in front of the new City Hall when it opens downtown.

Cosner, a native American who has been active in protests against the injustice committed against the homeless in Santa Cruz under the Sleeping Ban, in the struggle to free Mumia Abu Jamal, and against the bombing in Yugoslavia. In 1996, he was one of six people who locked down at City Hall to protest the anti-homeless Sleeping Ban in Santa Cruz. In 1999 he was arrested in Rep. Sam Farr’s office to protest the civilian bombing of Yugoslavia.”

How many in America today will be inspired to think outside the white supremacist box?

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