3 Things Black People Wish White People Understood

In Europe we regularly see some films and news clips that portray American culture, giving us the impression that there is still a big problem with the attitude of white Americans opposite black people.

The Writer Erin a writer on Tarot, Soul, Spirituality, Culture, and Mytho-tainment, believes that

Living in America is a very interesting conundrum. On one hand, it is a free country, the land of opportunity, and a melting pot of cultures and perspectives.

We may have the idea that it is a free country, but see that it is not so free for many coloured people, and that lots of Americans think their own individual freedom goes above the freedom of others.
The article writer admits also that the U.S.A. is often a painful place for people of colour. She writes

For black people in particular, it’s a place where our ancestors traumas have carried over into our present.

We agree that here in blue Smurf country (Belgium) by football- or soccer fans we also do find a lot of racists, though lots of soccer players over here are dark-skinned. More than once they get banana peels and awful language thrown at them. But in the U.S.A. it seems to go much further:

Systemic racism, like inequalities in housing, banking, education, and healthcare are serious aspects of our trauma.

says the American coloured writer. She continues

But another, that we don’t think is quite understood enough, is our experience with not being heard and with having our pain disregarded by people who are simply too uncomfortable to listen.

In many countries that is a big problem, that the majority does not want to know and does not listen to sounds which should alarm them, indicating that there is racism around them.

We disagree with Secrets of HIV-Aids Journal where writes

Belgium and American journalists for decades have the delight to support the lies, deceptions, and crimes of their governments, politically and medically, but now they are finding it uncomfortable because an African journalist is in their mist exposing their crimes. {Belgium and America have something in common, the killing and disfiguring of black people}

Already many decades, several Flemish writers in Belgium talked about bad conditions for African people in Belgium as well as in the colonies. After World War II we regularly got to read stories of what had happened in the previous centuries by certain people who used the colonies for their own financial gain at the human cost. That writer of the article says he is already living in Belgium for twenty years and want his readers to believe that

no one hears of a killing of a black man, doesn’t mean that everything is normal in the country.

His idea of black people to

wake up each morning to see statues and streets named after the lunatic King Leopold II, whose relatives, the royal family, together with the Belgian government feel comfortable about it.

gives a distorted view of how black people manage to cope or have difficulties with the previous history of colonisation, which for sure is not such a good one, but it is ridiculous to do away with that history. Denying what happened in the past, taking away all the statues of the previous colonisers would fade away that important part of Belgium history. It would be the same bad thing if we would take away the statues of all historical figures who did something wrong, and as such would have all the street nameplates that remind us of Napoleon, Ferdinand Foch, Pinochet, Marshal Bugeaud, Bertrand Clauzel, Reagan, Nixon, Adolfo Calero, Arturo Cruz and Alfonso Robelo, and other human rights violators, Spanish and Austrian king, princes and rulers.

According to history, the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, killed over 6 million Jews. The shame Hitler brought to Germany, forced the country’s leaders to change the name of the streets after him, moreover, everything relating to Hilter was banned.

writes who continues denying the fact that in the last 2 decades many street names in Belgium, have been changed because the officials no longer considered it appropriate to display the name of a controversial figure on street signs or in public squares.

Belgian National Leopold II monument in Brussels

That is not the case in Belgium, a country that planned to destroy Congo and the people for losing its colony. The Belgian government and the royal family are happy that the big statue of Leopold II riding on a horse is not easy for demonstrators to pull down but they will pull it down, unfortunately, that time will be too late.

The Belgian Congo (dark green) shown alongside Ruanda-Urundi (light green), 1935

Belgian Congo, former colony (coextensive with the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo) in Africa, ruled by Belgium from 1908 until 1960.

He also goes a bridge too far in claiming that Belgium’s aim was to destroy Congo. That was not the case at all. Several police and business leaders may not have been shy about exploiting the local population, but on the other hand there were many more people who really wanted to make a positive contribution, albeit sometimes with a wrongly coloured vision, and who did a wonderful job without humiliating or abusing the coloured people.

In the article of The Writer Erin, is expressed the hope to summarize 3 things that black people wishes white people understood.

If well meaning white people wonder why

“we can’t just all come together and get along”,

the writer does hope that her article may be a great place to start. She writes

And truthfully, most black people are angered when faced with these issues because we think white people should understand this innately.

However, everyone hasn’t walked in our shoes and everyone doesn’t understand the world from our point of view.

Don’t get me wrong, I am aware that all black people don’t share these views. All black Americans aren’t ancestors of slaves. And all blacks haven’t been culturalized in our communities.

But I can say that there are general overarching beliefs and themes and for the most part, these feelings and beliefs are patterns in the black American psyche.

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4 responses to “3 Things Black People Wish White People Understood

  1. Thanks, for sharing your opinion about the article, I quote “Already many decades, several Flemish writers in Belgium talked about bad conditions for African people in Belgium as well as in the colonies.”

    So decades after Flemish writers in Belgium talked about it in Belgium, what happened next? You seemed confused about Belgium’s history. I can’t even identify you as black or white because I see you as someone who lacks knowledge about what you are writing about.

    Why did you fail to mention how Lumumba was murdered and part of his body kept as a souvenir? I am sorry, please, don’t capitalize on my articles to give yourself self-recognition.

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    • Would you have streetnames and statues of Joseph A. Ankrah, Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, Frederick W.K. Akuffo, Jerry Rawlings a.o.?

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    • You seem to overlook the many Flemish writers who wrote about the African nationalist leader, who became the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was forced out of office during a political crisis, being assassinated a short time later.
      There are several writings on how the Belgian government manoeuvred to prevent his assumption of authority, but it was Kasavubu who dismissed Lumumba and Col. Joseph Mobutu who seized power. Are you ware of Congolese high persons who also did murders but are recognised by some as heroes and also got streetnames and statues?

      In all countries, one can find examples of people receiving honour, statues and streetnames, even when they too did a lot of things wrong. Often also the winners of a war or battle rewrite history and become the good ones.

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    • Sir,

      It looks like you love and/or enjoy throwing with mud.

      I admit it is a very long time (nearly half a century) that I learned anthropology and history, but I remember very clearly from my studies that we never had to look at things in a biased way and always should compare all details and go by the facts.

      While I have no preconceived notions about races, cultures, peoples and their history, it rather seems to me that you look at the things of life through one-sided glasses.

      Before I came to know my beloved wife, who lived in Congo until she had to flee the country in 1960, I had a very nice relationship with a black girl.
      Today I still have contact and lovely talks with several white and black people who lived and worked in Belgian Congo or other African countries, but had to flee from the violence in the Mid-African countries.

      In the sixties and seventies from the previous centuries I grew up with lots of stories about good and bad things that happened in Belgian Congo but also in other colonised states. We could go by what appeared in the Press (South-Afrikaans, English, French, German and Dutch press). In those years we also could come to read books as those by the Belgian writer and colonial administrator in Belgian Congo, Jef Geeraerts, though his books were considered by some to be racist and pornographic, but gave some good picture (I think) of what some people endured in Belgian Congo. But he was not the only writer who questioned the occupation of Belgian and other colonial territories.

      You also seemed not able to read in between the lines I wrote.

      I did not agree at all with what the Belgian Royal House and the Belgian imperialist and capitalist government did in Africa, but I do recognise the facts that many colonisers (Great-Britain & Holland became rich countries by their policy of exploiting other peoples and nations) exploited African countries, just as the Republic of China is now doing in those countries.

      I would also like to point out the danger of over-correcting language (as the Africa Museum in Tervuren has done recently) and erasing cultural and political events from the past.

      One cannot like what happened at a certain time, but one cannot and must not simply wipe it off the table. We must always keep our eyes clear of the fog that human memory will try to cast over the past. This can only be done by providing the right information, such as placing informative signs at statues of historical figures.

      Please also do recognise that today the same problem of heroes and renown political figures exist in all countries, and in many African countries, we also can find statues and streetnames of human rights violators and even murderers.

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