Ghosts of Rwanda
Hi Everyone! I don't know how many of you guys stayed for the movie this past Wednesday (I had to leave before it was finished myself), but the part that I did see pissed me off. Namely, the part about Belgium persuading the U.S. government to withdraw its' peacekeeping troops, and to encourage the UN to withdraw as well because 10 of their soldiers had been captured and killed. What a joke! First off, the fact that Belgium has the nerve to send in their peacekeeping troops like they actually care about the people of Rwanda (Congo, Burundi, Uganda, take your pick) when they are the country that was not only responsible for the Berlin Conference being assembled (King Leopold II), but also as the people/government that is responsible for the "ethnic conflicts"/genocide that erupted in 1994. See, back when the onslaught of colonization of Africa began in the late 19th century, the Belgium troops and governmental infrastructures purposefully split the people of the countries they conquered into different ethnic groups. You know, the whole divide and rule theory (which seems to have worked very effectively). Before the reign of Europeans in Africa, "Tutsi" simply distinguished those who had cattle from the "Hutu" who were the farmers and agriculturalists. When Belgium established dominance in this area, they took the label "Tutsi" and applied it arbitrarily to the people who were lighter skinned, with more European features (i.e straiter noses, straighter hair, taller/thinner stature etc.) and placed these people perceived as descendants of...oops can't remember King David?? I will look it up, anyways and placed them into the favored positions of power over the majority "Black" African who now are known as the "Hutu". It is from this premeditated restructuring of the social fabric in Rwanda that the now infamous Genocide gets its roots. The fact that Belgium tucked its tail and ran from it's "creation" so to speak, because 10 soldiers were killed, to leave over 800,000 people to be massacred is absolutely ridiculous. And of course, everyone must have noticed how the European governments were quick to rush in and pull all the white people out while leaving everyone with dark skin to rot. I wonder if they would have taken the Black Americans if they had been present, or would have assumed based on skin color that they deserved to get left behind?? This episode, which took place almost 13 years ago, is a very telling example of the status of the Black man/woman in contemporary society. I could go on and on about this, as I have been studying it for quiet some time, but I will stop here. I would love to get some of your thoughts and feelings (and feedback)! Hope everyone has a great weekend!