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November 23, 2018

Colonial Hypocrisy

Why is Hitler desevedly considered a demon while Churchill, who starved millions of Indians, a hero and King Leopold, who killed 10 million Congolese, a footnote in the annals of history? 

The quote below painfully explains why:

”Yes, it would be worthwhile to study clinically, in detail, the steps taken by Hitler and Hitlerism and to reveal to the very distinguished, very humanistic, very Christian bourgeois of the twentieth century that without his being aware of it, he has a Hitler inside him, that Hitler inhabits him, that Hitler is his demon, that if he rails against him, he is being inconsistent and that, at bottom, what he cannot forgive Hitler for is not crime in itself, the crime against man, it is not the humiliation of man as such, it is the crime against the white man, the humiliation of the white man, and the fact that he applied to Europe colonialist procedures which until then had been reserved exclusively for the Arabs of Algeria, the coolies of India, and the blacks of Africa."

-- Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism

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