When you execute between five to six million Jews, more than three million Soviet detainees of war, more than two million Soviet regular citizens, a million Polish and Yugoslav regular citizens separately, around 70,000 men, ladies and youngsters with mental and physical impairments and more than 200,000 tramps, you are Hitler.
Your name is deified in arrangements of the vilest men in history and whatever image related with your life is criminalized all out
Imagine a scenario in which you murder Africans. Imagine a scenario in which you execute no less than 10 million dark Africans in the Congo. Is your memory decreased to a forbidden or you are marked the Builder King of Belgium?
At the point when the history books are reliably penned by recipients of African passings, scoundrels are lauded and commended in absolute abhor of the a huge number of dark lives lost.
At the point when The Guardian’s Stephen Bates addressed then Belgian Prime Minister, Jean-Luc Dehaene in 1999 about the Belgian inheritance in Congo, he stated, “The pilgrim past is totally past. There is truly no compelling enthusiastic connection any more. It doesn’t move the general population. It’s a piece of the past. It’s history.”
Leopold never set foot in Congo but claimed it as his private estate under the deceptive branding of Congo Free State. There was nothing free about this private farm! Stephen Bates says, “It is clear that many of Leopold’s officials in the depots up the Congo river terrorised the local inhabitants, forcing them to work under the threat of having their hands and feet – or those of their children – cut off. Women were burned in pursuit of profit for the king.”
Millions were killed with estimates going as far up as 10 million. This was half a population wiped out for profit. Somehow, this murderous man managed to have a dignified presence in history or at least escape the spotlight altogether. No one talks about him with as much impassioned hatred as that directed at Hitler and Stalin yet they are killed people by the millions. The one difference is Leopold killed black men in Africa and the Western narrative has always been soft on black deaths.
Black tragedies are not going to attract the same coverage as white tragedies do. After all, at the same time Leopold was killing and cutting off hands, other European countries were employing similar tactics in territories they had claimed in Africa. Who has the moral standing, even now, among these countries to speak of the evil of years gone by when they all stand on foundations of black men’s blood?
The press said the Germans crucified Belgian babies on the doors of houses and in an echo of the imagery of the Congo reform movement, it was also reported that German soldiers were cutting off the hands and feet of Belgian children.
The 10 million were forgotten. Africans would be doing a great disservice to themselves if they do not educate their children in schools, and record accounts of true history and not whitewashed imperialist rhetoric. No imperialist should be branded anything other than a villain.