Column: The history of Belgium

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Despite this ‘back to our own country’, you brought us here uninvited. And so Belgium became a state of prosperity.

My son is in his third year and recently had to learn about our Belgian Kings. He learns the names, who they were married to, who their children were.

What he didn’t learn?

That King Leopold II is the second responsible for the genocide in his private colony ‘Congo Free State’. This man is estimated to have more on his mind than Hilter. The absurd thing is that in his time there were already international protests against his atrocities. Yet it disappeared into the national royal cover-up together with the little hands of the children he had taken away when there was a shortage of rubber.

My son learned nothing about what an atrocity this man did. In other countries he learned about this and thanks to the worldwide internet our national population learns about it too. I’m not even going to talk about the underage girls with whom he did naughty things for a fee.

EXPO 58 in Brussels

In 1870 the first African and South American tribes were brought to Europe for the ‘human garden’. This remained active until 1958.

As in contemporary life, they were looking forward to visiting a newborn panda in 1958. They looked forward to go and see the cute black children in the Zoo. However they were buried with sweets thrown by the visitors. That’s how Belgium, with its annual 2-300.000 visitors, became responsible for 267 deaths. It was a ‘human garden’ where they were buried without honour in the anonymous graves. This happened under the watchful eye of King Albert the first. Then by King Leopold the third and only got closed when King Baudouin had been King of the Belgians for seven years.

If you still think that Belgium has nothing to do with racism…

Racism in Belgium

Belgium’s prosperity is built entirely on slave trade and colonisation. Especially with Dries Van Langenhove and Filip De Winter lying there shouting that ‘we’ should go to their own country. However they forget that it’s their ancestors who are responsible for the fact that ‘we’ are here in the first place. The work their ancestors didn’t want to do themselves had to be done by our ancestors. Simply because they felt too good for it. But indeed, ‘go back to their own country’.

It all sounds so easy. So easy when you are in a state of prosperity. And living on the backs of those who have to go back to their own country. Those whose ancestors were literally dressed in the skin of our ancestors in the form of shoes.

You should be grateful to every fibre of our bodies for the wonderful life you have thanks to us. Not the other way around. As long as Belgium is responsible for millions of dead and unstable African states that may never recover from this.

It’s because of politicians shouting it all the time, even today. The only way to silence them is to point out the hard facts to them. But as long as those facts are kept from history and don’t start in education, they will have the upper hand.

It is time for Belgium to take a look at the history of horror that it has.


What I think needs to be changed in education you can read in the next column.

This column has been written by Charmaine Jacky

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