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When You Kill 10 Million Africans, The World Forgives And Forgets

He ran an empire so vast and cruel that it rivaled – and even exceeded – the crimes against humanity committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. But because this man killed Africans, the world has swept his crimes under the carpet and his victims remain voiceless. 
Most people have no idea of who is pictured above, but you should. The sight of this man should cause a similar revulsion to that of seeing Stalin or Hitler, as this man was behind a genocide that resulted in the killing of over 10 million people in the Congo.
Meet King Leopold II of Belgium.
Most of people never learned about him in school, and have also most likely never heard about him in the media either. This is because he’s not included in the popular narrative of oppression (which includes things like U.S. slavery and the Holocaust).

King Leopold II is part of an ongoing history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery, and genocide in Africa that would clash with the popular social narratives taught in our school system today. It doesn’t fit neatly into school curriculums where, paradoxically, it is looked down upon to make overtly racist statements. However, it’s quite fine not to talk about a genocide perpetrated by European capitalist monarchs that killed over 10 million Congolese.
Belgium’s King Leopold II ran a personal empire so vast and cruel, it rivaled – and even exceeded – the crimes of even some of the worst dictators of the 20th century.
When Leopold II ascended to the throne in 1865, he ruled with the kind of gentle hand that Belgians wanted from their king after the democratization of the country in the wake of the multiple revolutions and reforms. He had great ambitions of building an overseas empire, and was convinced, like most statesmen of his time, that a nation’s greatness was directly proportional to the resources it could extract from those colonies.

He disguised his business transactions as “philanthropic” and “scientific” efforts under the banner of the International African Society and used slave labor to extract Congolese resources and services. His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, torture, executions, and his own private army.
The empire was known as the Congo Free State, and Leopold II stood as its undisputed slave master. For almost 30 years, rather than being a regular colony of a European government, Congo was administered as the property of Leopold II for his personal enrichment.
The world’s largest plantation, registering at 76 times the size of Belgium, possessed rich mineral and agricultural resources and lost nearly half of its population by the time the first census counted only 10 million people living there in 1924.
Interestingly, when we learn about Africans and their history in the U.S., we learn about a caricatured Egypt, the HIV epidemic, the surface level effects of the slave trade, and if you went to a good school perhaps something about South African Apartheid. We also see lots of pictures of starving children on commercials, safaris on animal shows and we see pictures of vast savannahs and deserts in films and movies.
What we don’t learn about is the Great African War or Leopold’s Reign of Terror during the Congolese Genocide. Leopold II essentially turned Congo into his own personal part-plantation, part-concentration camp, part-Christian ministry, and yet history fails to retell the lessons of his tyrannical endeavor.
It seems that when you kill ten million Africans — you aren’t called ‘Hitler’, your name never comes to symbolize the living incarnation of evil, and your picture doesn’t produce fear, hatred, and sorrow — rather your crimes are simply swept under the historical rug and the victims of colonialism/imperialism remain forever voiceless.

Baxter Dmitry is a writer at Your News Wire. He covers politics, business and entertainment. Speaking truth to power since he learned to talk, Baxter has travelled in over 80 countries and won arguments in every single one. Live without fear.Email: baxter@yournewswire.comFollow: @baxter_dmitry Latest posts by Baxter Dmitry (see all)

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Ricky Gervais Defends ‘Dead Baby’ Joke After Audience Members Walk Out

Ricky Gervais Defends ‘Dead Baby’ Joke After Audience Members Walk Out

by Jerome Hudson31 Mar 20170 31 Mar, 2017
31 Mar, 2017

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERComedian and actor Ricky Gervais has come out in defense of a “dead baby” joke he reportedly made during a stand-up performance earlier this week in Belfast, Ireland.
The Office star’s joke reportedly prompted a grieving couple who had just lost a child to walk out of the show.SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER
“I just think, ‘Why? What is the need?” Suzi Gourley, the grieving mother who bolted Gervais’ show, told Belfast Live. “This is our life, we have no choice but to live with this.”
“I know people take things differently and I know our emotions are raw, but why joke about a baby being dead? It’s just wrong,” Gourley continued. “Some people might read this and think we’re over sensitive and maybe we are – but it’s just not funny.”

In response to the growing controversy, an unapologetic Gervais hopped on social media Thursday to defend his material.

“Is there any subject you shouldn’t joke about?” is no less ridiculous a question than “Is there any subject you shouldn’t talk about?”
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017

In a series of tweets, the comedian said making jokes “about bad things” doesn’t mean he supports those things.

Offence often occurs when people mistake the subject of a joke with the actual target. They’re not always the same.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017

Discuss. pic.twitter.com/8DjwSiMxVX
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017

Jokes about “bad things” don’t have to necessarily be pro those bad things. Surely, a joke that’s anti bad things is a good thing, no?
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017

Basically, offence is about feelings, and feelings are personal. People simply don’t like being reminded of bad things.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017

Injecting some levity into his response, Gervais wrote “All jokes should be banned in case anyone is offended. Discuss.” To which he followed up with, “I wish I had a pound for every time I offended someone. Wait, I do.”

All jokes should be banned in case anyone is offended. Discuss.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017

I wish I had a pound for every time I offended someone. Wait, I do.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017

Gervais sent one last message cautioning audiences of the controversial material his standup comedy involves.
“Warning: My stand up mentions AIDS, cancer, Paedophilia, famine, race, terrorism, rape, murder, drugs, death and even food allergies,” he wrote.

Warning: My stand up mentions AIDS, cancer, Paedophilia, famine, race, terrorism, rape, murder, drugs, death and even food allergies.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 30, 2017

The Waterfront Hall, where Gervais’ Humanity tour Belfast show was played issued a statement, according to Sky News: “Unfortunately we have no control at all over the material artists choose to use on stage, but we do of course appreciate this particular theme will have caused distress.”
Gervais has a history of sticking up for non-politically correct jokes. In January of last year, the comedian defended jokes he made about Caitlyn Jenner at the Golden Globes after critics labeled him “transphobic.”
Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter @jeromeehudson

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