The Purpose of European Christianity in Africa: King Leopold's Letter to colonial missionaries
From: "Samuel Burnham"
Subject: King Leopold's Letter to colonial missionaries
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 15:22:09
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This was found on BET message boards. Many black scholars of local and global black history have referenced this letter from King Leopold of Belgium. For those of you who are not familiar with him. He is the man who started the practice of amputating arms, legs, etc. that we NOW SEE IN LIBERIA and SIERRA LEONE. To realize that these warring are copying the wicked practice of the Belgian leader of the Congo in the late 1800s and early 1900’s shows the level at which self-hatred has been ingrained into people of African decent:
Posted on BET message boards by Aguil.

Brothers and sisters, the following speech was given by King Leopold II of Belgium in 1883…


“Reverends, Father, and Dear Compatriots:

The task that is given to us to fulfill is very delicate and requires much tact. You will go certainly to evangelize, but your evangelization must inspire above all Belgium interests.

Your principal objective in our mission in the Congo is never to teach the niggers to know God. Thus they know already. They speak and submit to a Mungu, one Nzambi, one Nzakomba, and what else I don’t know. They know that to kill, to sleep with someone else’s wife, to lie and to insult is bad.

Have courage to admit it; you are not going to teach them what they know already. Your essential role is to facilitate the task of administrators and industrials, which means you will go to interpret the gospel in the way it will be the best to protect your interests in that part of the world.

For these things, you have to keep watch on disinteresting our savages from the richness that is plenty in their underground. To avoid that they get interested in it, and make you a murderous competition and dream one day to overthrow you.

Your knowledge of the gospel will allow you to find texts ordering, and encouraging your followers to love poverty. Like happier are the poor because they will inherit the heaven and it’s very difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.

You have to detach from them and make them disrespect everything which gives courage to affront us. I make reference to their Mystic System and their war fetish – warfare protection – which they pretend not to want to abandon, and you must do everything in your power to make it disappear.

Your action will be directed essentially to the younger ones, for they won’t revolt when the recommendation of the priest is contradictory to their parent’s teachings. The children have to learn to obey what the missionary recommends, who is the father of their soul. You must singularly insist on their total submission and obedience, avoid developing the spirits in the schools, teach students to read and not to reason.

There, dear compatriots, are some of the principles that you must apply. You will find many other books, which will be given to you at the end of this conference. Evangelize the niggers so that they stay forever in submission to the white colonialists, so they never revolt against the restraints they are undergoing.

Recite every day – “happy are those who are weeping because the kingdom of God is for them.” Convert always the blacks by using the whip. Keep their women in nine months of submission to work freely for us. Force them to pay you in sign of recognition – goats, chickens or eggs – every time you visit their villages. And make sure that niggers never become rich. Sing every day that it’s impossible for the rich to enter heaven.
Make them pay tax each week at Sunday mass. Use the money supposed for the poor, to build flourishing business centres. Institute a confessional system, which allows you to be good detectives denouncing any black that has a different consciousness contrary to that of the decision-maker.

Teach the niggers to forget their heroes and to adore only ours. Never present a chair to a black that comes to visit you. Don’t give him more than one cigarette. Never invite him for dinner even if he gives you a chicken every time you arrive at his house.”

(Mr. Moukouani Mukwani Bukoko, born in 1915, transmitted this text to us; he obtained it by good luck in 1935. Moukouani Mukwani Bukoko was a nurse at Kwamuth (Congo) Bolobo, and bought a Bible. This text was in that Bible. Surely the priest had forgotten it by mistake.)


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From: Pawell Okelo []
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 8:28 PM
Subject: [Africare-newpublications] Speech by King Leopold II

I visited and found especially the speech by King Leopold II of Belgium delivered in 1883 to Belgium missionaries heading to Africa very informative.

We all do not have all the solutions to our problems, but in our little ways like what is coming out of, I think we individually can do the little we can to see that successes are realised by these many efforts. I am making this comment with the hope that most of these efforts are genuine, with deep beliefs in improving African conditions.

You can peruse the speech, if you haven’t yet, at the wesite.


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