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Is the term "Black Holocaust" an accurate term to account for the African American experience in America?

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Asked at 2009.12.18 00:29:10
I noticed a local museum in my area named The Black Holocaust Museum. Considering the word Holocaust actually is Greek for 'Burnt' 'Whole' or roughly 'Death by fire' and was used only after WWII to describe the experience of the those in the Concentration camps, is it fair to apply the word to the Black experience in America? Obviously what the Jewish, African Americans and Native Americans have suffered is awful, but is Holocaust the best 'label' for the African American experience? I ask this as a serious historian looking for serious answers only.
answer Mr.TwoCrows  Answered at 2009.12.18 00:29:10
it's becoming thrown around way too much lately.
YES holocaust does mean exactly 'destroyed by FIRE". It's used for the jews because of the crematoriums.

Being whipped and chained has nothing to do with cremation which makes the term invalid in the situation.

People really need to pick up a dictionary and use proper terms.

Mass murder does not equal Genocide.

MY people are victims of Genocide, as the system they used is STILL in place.
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