How Did The African Congo Dehumanized

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The African Congo in the 1850s was a ripe target for exploitation of its people and resources. To be sure, European imperialism had brought colonialism to Africa, but King Leopold II of Belgium set up the Congo as his personal empire, bringing in a reign of terror equivalent to the worst genocides in history. Using violence and cruelty, the population of the Congo was enslaved and horribly decimated. Calling the natives savages dehumanized them, giving Europeans the false notion that their actions were justified. This disregard for other races’ humanity deluded white people into thinking that this unjust treatment was acceptable. Joseph Conrad witnessed this cruelty first hand as he traveled down the Congo River, subsequently incorporating
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