With such a huge reception of my Native american genocide post, I have decided to dig further into white history. So far we have covered African and Aborigine slavery, in addition to Native american genocide. Now let us step back into Africa. Into the Congo.
A man by the name of King Leopold II was supposed to travel to the Congo as a humanitarian, suppressing the East African slave trade. It was shortly there after that he violated his humanitarian duties, and nearly destroyed the Congolese with his quest for rubber and other natural resources. From 1885 to 1908, ten million Congolese lost their lives to murder, starvation, exhaustion and disease. For 23 long years, King Leopold II terrorized them so that he could capitalize on the country’s wealth.
This is yet another example of the white man’s quest for power. There is never enough to feed the white man’s greed. They will destroy whatever is in their path in order to gain monetary wealth. Because to them, it is all that matters in the world. The environment will be sacrificed. The land, the water, the air we breathe. All in the name of the white man’s God…the dollar.
Dean Pavlakis, “The Development of British Overseas Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Campaign,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2010)