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In the heart of Africa lies the Congo. Quenched by its flowing river, furnished by meandering hills, and endowed with a myriad of natural resources, including ivory, precious minerals and rubber.

Almost 4000 miles away, on the far end of Europe is Belgium, one of the smallest and youngest countries on the content. On the 9th of April 1835 a man was born in Brussels, Belgium. In spite of the distance between the two nations, his effects on the Congo are undeniable. His exploitation and destruction of the region and its people, engendered problems that persist even to this day. His name was Leopold II, King of the Belgians and conqueror of the Congo.

Leopold’s desire to improve his own nation prompted him to explore the world in search of a way to increase Belgium’s wealth and influence. For several years, Leopold traveled the world, visiting a multitude of nations, including Turkey, Palestine, India, Cylon and Sumatra. He became convinced that a colony would transform his young nation into a superpower. Studying Spain, France and England, he recognized the economic opportunity that imperialism presented.

Leopold’s search was temporarily interrupted in may of 1865 when his father had become ill. On December 10th of that year, his father died. Leaving Leopold II as a monarch of Belgium at the age of 30. For almost 20 years Leopold pleaded with the Belgian Parliament for rights to establish a colony. Realizing that his efforts were futile, he sought a new means of gaining affluence for Belgium. Establishing his own private colony. Following the examples of various other European nations, he turned his imperial interest to Africa. 80% of which had yet to be colonized.

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In Sept of 1876, Leopold encouraged major European powers to convene in Brussels to discuss Africa’s future. At what became known as the Brussels Conference, Leopold called for the forced eradication of the Arabic slave trade, hoping instead to westernize the continent and its people. Here the International African society was founded with members including nations throughout Europe and even the United States.

Two years later in January of 1878, Leopold meet with Henry Morton Stanley in Brussels. Stanley had discovered this area in Africa, which was the Congo, and he came back to Europe with tales of what he had seen there. The riches, the natural abundance, the ivory, the rubber, the gum, the timber. This got King Leopold excited. During the course of their meeting, Stanley agreed to a contract for his involvement in establishing Belgium’s presence in the Congo. Leopold requested that Stanly go back to the Congo and claim as much land as he could for Belgium in order to establish a monopoly in the ivory and rubber trade. Through over 400 treaties, chiefs unknowingly surrendered their land to Leopold. Through these treaties and other manipulations, Leopold gained over 2.3 million square kilometers of land for his colony.

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In 1879 Leopold created a private company who’s stated mission was to free the Congolese people from foreign oppressors, namely the Arab slave traders who were kidnapping native villagers and selling them into slavery. Abroad, Leopold assured the world his regime, which he called the Congo Free State, would bring prosperity and fair trade to the Congo but his true goals were far different. In order to abolish the Arab slave trade, Leopold organized a group of European army officers who in turn drafted Congolese soldiers to serve in the state’s militia, known as the Force Publique, however the army was mainly used against the Congolese people.

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The abuse against the native people soon became evident in all regions of the Congo Free State. Leopold’s army of 90,000 strong would raid village after village, seizing the women and holding them hostage in order to force the men to work in the forest gathering wild rubber. Many of the women were raped by officers while in captivity.

By the mid-1890s the Congo became one of the most prominent rubber exporters of the world. Each adult male in the Congo was to produce 6 to 9 pounds of rubber every two weeks. The job was dangerous and difficult. Many died by falling out of the tall rubber trees or being attacked by leopards.

By the late 1890s rubber was the most profitable resource in the Congo. As demand for this resource grew, Force Publique agents became increasingly more brutal to the Africans. Armies often raided towns seizing laborers and food and anyone who resisted would be shot. Extreme violence was employed to impose Leopold’s dominion. Any village that failed to meet the requirements of goods for the day might be punished with public execution or village burning. The right hands of those who failed to meet rubber quota were severed – even young children were not spared. In 1896, a German newspaper reported that 1308 hands had been gathered in one day.

In Belgium, Leopold was engrossed in his newfound wealth. He used wood from the Congo to decorate his home and began building projects in Belgium and France. Initially, the harsh conditions in the Congo where kept secret from Europe, however as time passed Congolese missionaries and cargo men began to write reports about the violence.

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In 1908 the Belgium government annexed the Congo as a colony to the state. A year later Leopold would die of what was presumed to be Cancer. Before his death he ensured that all personal records of the Congo over the previous 24 years were destroyed. As a result of rebellion throughout the city of Leopoldville and the loss of Belgian interest, the colony eventually gained sovereignty in 1960.

Belgians sudden withdrawal left the newly freed Republic of Congo in a volatile state. Now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the nation is still engrossed in a continuing conflict.

Although seldom mentioned int he history books, Leopold’s desire to make his home country a super power came at the cost of nearly 10 million African lives. His actions over a 24 year period have left a permanent scar in the Congolese history.

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Hilda Kiwasila December 23, 2018 at 8:13 pm

Despite of what happened in the past and African intellectuals to have read about past history in colleges we are still doing the same! See what is still going on in Congo, South Sudan and other parts of Africa- power hunger, civil wars, people killing each other house to house, setting fire on houses killing innocent neighbour, rape, amputation! Why after so many years of suffering from slavery and colonial humiliation? Why can’t we change and adhere to democratic rule instead of power hunger autocratic undemocratic devil rule forcing innocent civilians to migrate to other countries and face humiliation there? Shame on us!

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Renuka December 24, 2018 at 12:08 am

I think public admininistration everywhere is a path dependent machine. It can’t help working the way it was built to work at the time it was built.A post colonial state – even if independent -does not have the resources it needs to redesign.

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Kofi Nokrim January 9, 2019 at 5:04 am

@Hilda Kiwasila Those are “faux intellectuals” who are a hangover generation from the colonial days. When they die out the new breed of accountable leaders will take over (in theory).

The important thing is to learn from the past NOT forget it.

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Honestly Curious March 27, 2019 at 5:01 am

Shame on who? Who is us? The human race?

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Dan R March 29, 2019 at 9:35 pm

Why weren’t the Africans selling this rubber? Why weren’t the Africans making all kinds of money? That had no clue what rubber even was or what it could be used for. They were not using it. They didn’t even know what the rest of the world was all about. Ivory is elephant tusks. Africans were not using other than to make jewelry for themselves. They didn’t sell it. They were clueless. The Arabs found the Africans and immediately realized they would make perfect slaves. They were not capturing Europeans to make them into slaves. Do you think there was any reason for this or any reason why they went to Africa to capture slaves? Think about it. Africa had not progressed over the past 10,000 years. Check it out. The people living in the Belgian Congo had nothing, absolutely nothing nor could they do anything to end up with anything. Check it out. Their lives improved as slaves. Check it out. None of them want to return to their homeland and live in the jungle where they came from. Check it out. Don’t just spew out nonsense. Get real and figure out what the real problems are and try and do something to solve them. Demanding will no nothing more than what has happened over the past 10,000+ years. You should know that by now!

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Shahid R April 6, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Dan R. Have you ever heard of Timbuktu, Mali or Egypt? If you do some really indepth research you should find out that many of the well known Greek philosophers traveled there, studied there, and took their learning back home with them. They were given credit for what they learned instead of the Africans they learned it from. The other Africans that you berated used the resources they had for what they needed, not exported to the European world. Actually, the real problem is when the Europeans went to every other continent in the world, called the indigenous people there “savages”, pillaged their land, raped their women, and declared that they had “discovered” this land they stumbled upon. Are you familiar with Sir E.A. Wallis Budge? He’s one European who went to many other continents of the world, studied about them, took his learning with him, but gave proper credit where it was due compared to so many other Europeans.

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Maxine Swann May 27, 2019 at 1:21 pm

What is real is that nothing…nothing belonged to those who came and exploited Africans. Nature existed as it was intended. Those who lived there used what they needed and respected their resources. As with other natural inhabitants around the world, tribes and other peoples did not destroy and waste earth’s resources for greed. Europeans went around the world stealing from other peoples. Do you call that enterprise and wisdom? I call it savagery and greed. I call it trespassing and theft. There’s nothing honorable in that. You give no credit to the knowledge existing in Africa, long before Europeans arrived with their vileness.

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Tony October 4, 2019 at 6:54 pm

No longer THE Congo.

The Congo

The Belgian Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo

Zaire

The Democratic Republic of Congo

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William Johnson May 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm

I’m sick on my being knowing this horrific story of how my Ancestors were treated & the information was hidden from history books.But the Jews treament under Hitler is everywhere. Are the Jews more important.

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DM Janse van Vuuren July 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm

It is in the Namibian (and I believe also in the South African) syllabus – I did it with my Gr 8 and 9 history classes this year. In the video on Youtube, called “The brutal history of the Congo,” you can also see that King Leopold’s palace in Belgium is dedicated as a museum commemorating this.

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Nonem December 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

Stupid thing to say.

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dee December 31, 2018 at 10:02 am

u must be young to ask that question everybody’s more important then the black man. it’s shameful that they let it happen to them, it was pure torture but as a race of ppl how come we let things like this happen. I realize it was mil holding them but 10 million couldn’t stop it, I don’t understand

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Dan R March 29, 2019 at 9:36 pm

If you are sitting on your hands waiting for someone else to do the writing and publishing you have nothing to complain about. You got to do it just like the Jews did it. Get busy.

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Richard Machira December 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

Thank for sheering,many writing we read in our schools are hiding historical fact in fever of the western.
Through these revealed historical facts now we are going to be in a position of knowing what happened to our ancestors.
Thank you

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Catherine McDonnell January 10, 2019 at 7:55 am

Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years
4.3 out of 5 stars 348
£8.79
This is a great book that tries to explain how differents races and cultures fared in history.

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Undra Bailey December 21, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Now thats what you call a holocaust. Where is Africa’s reparations?

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Ava January 2, 2019 at 4:13 pm

Blacks who were effected should go after the arabs and blacks within their own african countries and ask that question. Pretty sure the totals are bogus (10 million killed?? 90,000 troops go into a village??)

“All right… you 90,000 come with me… we are going to travel across this country and go to a couple of villages to force 100 guys to make rubber???”

I don’t dispute the results happened but I think the numbers are embellished a bit…

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Kofi Nokrim January 9, 2019 at 5:12 am

@Ava

Typical victim blaming. Yes 90k troops can kill 10m people it’s called SUPERIOR FIREPOWER you you ignorant Fuck-Head!

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Brandy February 9, 2019 at 4:56 pm

These villagers didn’t have access to guns. So defending themselves was difficult or impossible.

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Honest II. God March 27, 2019 at 5:15 am

I’m with you man. We gotta’ make ’em pay. Next, we’re fighting for White reparations in South Africa!

https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/africa/item/30929-white-genocide-south-african-politician-kill-whites-their-women-and-their-children

Human on human violence is never okay, and the only way to correct it is unabashed commission of equal or greater intolerance. That’s the way to rise above.

@Kofi Nokrim got it right in this thread by throwing vulgar insults at those who think differently than we do. This makes us look really smart, and more accepting than “T H E M.” We know who’s right and wrong, our logic is succinct, flawless in the eyes of The Rainbow-Skinned God. Super happy that even decades into the future, we can all band together under a flag painted with hate.

The day will come when we will all hate each other equally, and we will all be right there, grinning and slowly nodding at one another. In awe of our own achievements.

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Dan R March 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm

Keep holding your hand out and maybe people will drop money in it. Isn’t that what the homeless do at street corners?

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Adeniyi Mahmud April 24, 2019 at 8:11 am

THE WORLD POWERFUL BLOCKED THE Attempt to demand it. The man who championed was a Nigerian billionaire called Mashood Kasimawo Abiola when he saw the world power demanding Germany to pay repatriation to Jewish people due Hitler exaggerated case. This man demand Africans deserved more for many millions of African were use as slave to build Europe. He paid half a million down to campaign to the world for this purpose. As a result they plan his assassination to silent him and they succeeded in the end.

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Leopold Loewer October 9, 2019 at 10:08 pm

*Reparation* is the word (not repatriation).
And please do not cast idle slurs, as per your claim of ‘exaggeration’.
As for this noble Nigerian billionaire, I wonder how he made his fortune?

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Leopold Loewer October 9, 2019 at 11:26 pm

And, incidentally, I am not named after any King Leopold.
Also, the total number of Congolese killed due to Belgian colonialism probably exceeds by significant measure that number sacrificed during the reign of Leopold II.

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Linda Ann December 21, 2018 at 9:40 pm

Thank you for providing us with this information. I have seen Leopold criticized as a very “bad man”, but without details as to where, what and why. Now I understand.

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Richard E Graham December 23, 2018 at 7:12 am

The real problem is summed up in one sentence. “Now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the nation is still engrossed in a continuing conflict.” Until that is stopped, The Congolese will not be free.

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Naa koshie December 23, 2018 at 9:30 am

But through all this WE survived. How do we move on so that we don’t relive the pain, I the this still going on right now in a different form WHAT’S NEXT

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Rwanda Ganesh March 27, 2019 at 5:19 am

How? We better ourselves. We recognize each others favorable qualities and celebrate them. It doesn’t help to beat the bones of a dead horse to infinite dust. It will never get better that way. Move up.

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Tumwesigye wibs December 27, 2018 at 4:06 am

According to me, I really think that UN is an organization that is responsible for the white people but not black people. I don’t like that so-called UN.

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alegra13 December 27, 2018 at 5:36 am

Belgium should pay reparations to Congo.
No, I’m not from Africa.
I’m from Poland 🇵🇱, who is still waiting for reparations from Germany for damage of WWII
Also as a reminder, it was Germany who built concentration camps in occupied Poland and Germany is responsible for holocoust of millions of people from different nations.

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Dan R March 29, 2019 at 9:41 pm

Keep waiting. You got to do something to get something. They will not just throw money at you because you make some noise. The people in the Congo have done nothing, absolutely nothing, in the past 10,000+ years to change the place. Check it out. The reason for that is they just sit there and do nothing but pick up rotten fruit from the jungle floor. That will get them nowhere. You got to do something or it will be 10,000 more years and nothing changes. Get that through your head.

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Sedleigh April 30, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Hello Dan R.

You may have a point about the need for local inhabitants of an area to stand up for themselves. Unfortunately, your turn of phrase and manner of making your point is ill-mannered to the point of being abusive and certainly disrespectful. More importantly, you display a remarkable ignorance of both the subject as well as it’s historical context. While much or most of present day Europe was barely civilised – the so-called “Dark Ages”, the Emperor Musa I (or Mansa Musa) was conceivably the wealthiest ruler in the world. During his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324, he gave away so much gold, that the price dropped across the region for over 10 years. The empires of western, central and southern Africa were responsible to developing civilisations and knowledge in commerce, science, arts and religion. Nothing to do with your horrendously biased and ill-informed comment about picking up rotten fruit from the jungle floor.

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Philippe Schepens MD December 27, 2018 at 11:17 am

At the time of Leopold II and his État Indépendant du Congo, the total population of what is today Congo was evaluated being less than 10 million inhabitants.

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Opeyemi January 1, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Evaluated by who exactly, Leopold’s officials who were in charge of the killings themselves?

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B-y December 28, 2018 at 10:13 am

Africa has been through hell from external oppressors as well as from within. Africa needs leaders that care more for Africa than for themselves and what they can steal to increase their own family wealth. Presently African is killing Africa.

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D. Potts December 28, 2018 at 12:45 pm

People refuse to learn from their ancestors wrong doing. It serves no one to be a tyrant. Absolutely no progress of civilization is had when populations repeat the same acts. Hatred & prejudice is the emergence of the “Green Monster”. No one is greater. We are all the same. We have nothing when we can not live freely together without prejudice. If we were all blind, would we then work together in survival, or would we find some new prejudice?

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Suraj Musa Kalla January 10, 2019 at 11:06 am

Though I’m not Congolese, I’m of black race from Nigeria. Though I’m Muslim, I know definitely among the victims of this atrocity Muslims are not left out. We’re either brothers/sisters in Religion or brothers/sisters in Humanity.
I regretfully reading this piece as hide it and didn’t record it at all as it recorded Hitler tyranity and massacre of the Jews.

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Allaylo Amrani January 10, 2019 at 10:28 pm

Very seriously, I have a message to my African Brothers and Sisters especially the Intellectuals, Authors and Historian, it is time to Stop referring to African People by color.

The White Man has brainwashed you people to talk as he thinks of you, we are not black period, we are proud Andalusian-African Force. We Africans should be demanding the Release of Our Knowledge Information Treasure Books that were stolen from AL-ANDALUS and are stored under subterranean storage facilities in Italy and the UK by the Worst Criminals Called The UK Church and Church of Rome.

I have shared with plain English Language Vocabulary that descent human will understand, now let me revert to simple English Language Vocabulary Word that majority of Human On the Planet who speak English thins and assume it is associated with Sexual Fornication, in fact it is not associated with sexual fornication but rather with common sense, and the Letters Initials meanings stands for and represent the following phrase “FOR UNLAWFUL COMMON KNOWLEDGE”.

So for the F.U.C.K. of me stopped refereeing to African People as Black People, We are not fucking Black People, get it, again we are not fucking Black People, and the fucking Arabic World that means a “Slave” is in actuality and Honorable and Holy Word, We are the Slave of Our Mighty CREATOR-ALLAH, and look how the fucking clever white Man took an honorable Holy Word and turned it into a derogatory and negative Word, and remember, the Fucking white Man over 150 years Wrote-Authored-Published-Distributed 600,000 Negative-Hateful Propaganda Books Against “Islam” & “Muslims” and all printing and distributions of such fucking books was paid for by the White Man and even distributed in African For Free of Charge For a Reverse Brainwashing Psychology Crime, and the African-Amazigh-Arab-Hebrew-Muslims-Andalusians Invented Medical Psychology To Heal Mankind (INSAAN) from the Work of Satan (SHAITAN)…

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Dan R March 29, 2019 at 9:44 pm

Yup. The white man got you. Go do something instead of just coming up with nonsense.

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dan January 11, 2019 at 7:44 am

get your facts right and quit playing the race card, black on black crime is responsible for 300.000 deaths in the last 35 years in the US alone, like Morgan Freeman says THE MORE YOU NAME IT THE MORE YOU FUEL IT. you think your doing your race a favor? NO! GO TO SCHOOL EDUCATE YOURSELVES AND build your culture up and quit the sad victim card crap and the reparations shit….Mao killed at least 50million, ww2 66million…..see any privileged Chinese/whites crying for reparations? TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK IN THE MIRROR FOR FUCKS SAKE and quit asking mummy for pitty https://necrometrics.com/20c5m.htm

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Lee January 12, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Hi Dan,
You report that you know the black on black murder stats for a 35 year period in the US, congrats to you. My question, do you also know the white on white murder stats for that same 35 year period?
If so, please share it with me and our fellow readers. If you don’t know that stat, why not?
Before instructing others, you should be able to provide a total picture of an issue.
Check out yourself in your own mirror Dan and watch out for rocks hitting that glass house you are living in.

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Michael January 20, 2019 at 6:07 am

What about Patrice Lumumba the first democratish premier of Republiek of Congo i have sern the movie.

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Brandy February 9, 2019 at 5:16 pm

Lumumba was a good man he was attempting to bring positive change’s to his country.When some colonized house Negros killed him.

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Flen February 3, 2019 at 4:02 am

It is amazing that the white man fwels this all in the past and the people did it to themselves. No one is more sinister and greedy than the european man
Wherever he has gone he has wrecked havoc. He is the great white ahark od humans. But his day is coming. God has seen their ways and is not pleased. Everything he touches will fail. His atrocities against the environment are coming to fruition. His anger is turning inward. The internet is telling people of color the TRUTH about himself and the worlds enemy the white man. He fears the black man and he should. The oppressed will only take so much..

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Dan R March 29, 2019 at 9:51 pm

So what is it that these Europeans want from “the oppressed”? What do they have that is worth anything? They live the same way that they did 10,000+ years ago. The only modernization that is in Africa was brought by the white man. Do you want them to take it all back? In SA they just want to take it away for free and think that will give them something. In ten years the farms will be covered over with weeds just like the railroads were when they took back Liberia. You got to do something to get something. It really does not fall off the trees in the jungle (except maybe some rotten fruit). All this nonsense talk in here will get you nothing. You have to get busy. How many African cities were built by the black man before the whites showed up in Africa? You want to know? None. Check it out. Except for North Africa which is inhabited by the Arabs the Africans have built absolutely nothing. They have not built one damn city, period. Everything modern in Africa was brought by the white man. If you know something different share it with us. Don’t just spew a bunch of BS, tell us specifically and document it somewhat. What modern improvements in Africa were made only by Africans and not from what the white man brought there? Tell us about it.

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B. Herbert Martin,Sr March 11, 2019 at 9:42 am

Never forget “Weeping Time” in Savannah, Georgia!!! Where the largest auction of slaves in the USA took place!!! They call it weeping time because the heavens opened up and rained steadily until the last slave was auctioned off.

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Miles Edwards September 30, 2019 at 10:15 pm

Off of British slaver ships … for British plantation interests in the Southern states. This was the premise for French intervention against Britain in the revolutionary war. After the revolutionary war British interests remained tied to the slave & plantation interests until the war of 1812 a failed separation of southern slave states from the United States and repatriation to Britain much like Canada.

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Horace Thomas Smith May 27, 2019 at 12:38 pm

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Miles Edwards September 30, 2019 at 10:02 pm

* see footnote

This is an overview of world economics at the time. I hope this helps bring understanding of how such a monster could do this to Africa.

January 1492 queen Isabella ejected the last Muslim Arab invaders from Spain… (after almost 800 years of Muslim occupation). Arabs cut off trade routes to Europe as an economic sanction. Europeans (see west coast of Africa) established ports and trade routes east across Africa…. to ports they tried to establish on the east coast (again see eastern ports) without much success as Arab muslims raided and harassed these ports and trade routes.

This is where it gets wierd… prisoners were taken by Europeans and Arab Muslims. Suffering loss of men in these wars Arab Muslims took slaves back so did Europeans. The African warriors couldn’t be released as they would have returned to the fight.

Queen Isabella was horrified when she found out about Spanish involvement and Columbus torturing maming and crippling negros from the Bahamas. She had Columbus returned in chains for his crimes. The Pope then had Columbus released as Columbus (unknown to Isabella) was a papal inquisitor and instructed to perform genocide in the Bahamas.

Ships with goods for trade with India would port on the west coast of Africa transfer overland to ports on the east coast then to India and reverse with goods from India. Muslim interference with trade by instigating attacks caused serious problems and added to the slave trade.

Ships w/o goods returning empty lost money but bringing slaves back was profitable. Lloyds of London insured these shipments eventually ship registers show as slavers. British interests remained after the revolutionary war in the Southern US states and the British slavers continued to service rich British plantations with slaves.

The fact that Columbus Day is celebrated in the United States is testament to this as Columbus never set foot on American soil just the Bahamas (British) thus hommaging the British slave trade with plantations. This subversive activity climaxed in 1812 (war of 1812) when southern states allied with British interests to re establish southern states under British rule as in Canada.

* presented the perfect opportunity for this animal to rape and plunder millions of Africans.

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