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The Purpose of European
Christianity in Africa:
King Leopold's Letter to colonial missionaries
From: "Samuel Burnham" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: King Leopold's Letter to colonial missionaries
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 15:22:09
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
Brothers and sisters, the following speech was given by King Leopold II of Belgium in 1883...
"Reverends, Father, and Dear Compatriots:
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.
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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.
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.
(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.)
I visited unitednewafrica.com 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 unitednewafrica.com, 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.