In 1876 King Leopold II formed the International African Association as a front organization to portray that he was a humanitarian by promoting his efforts to civilize and educate the indigenous peoples of the Congo. Creation of this myth was key in his eventual takeover of the Congo and mass extraction of its natural
In the aforementioned warfare, the US not only sent its army to legitimize its sovereignty over Afghanistan and Iraq, but it also conspired to take democratization as an excuse to uncover its real intention of gaining profit. To recapitulate, not only does imperialism exist in Belgian Congo in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, but also in Middle-East in the twenty-first
In King Leopold’s letter to Henry Stanley, a journalist and Central African explorer, he tells him that it is “indispensable” to buy land from the Africans and have it under his “suzerainty”. This shows Leopold’s desperation to take control of as much land as he can. Furthermore, it is Leopold who will end up profiting from this lan purchase if it ends up happening, and it was also his idea for it to happen. In addition, Leopold is responsible for the mistreatment of the Africans, for as he says in his interview with Publishers’ Press in 1906, “It would be absurd for us to mistreat the blacks because no state prospers unless the population is happy and increasing … cruelty, even crimes have been committed … convictions before Congo tribunals for these offenses”. By publicizing this, King Leopold is hoping to gain the respect of Africans so he can expand his Congo and get more slaves for collecting rubber.
Just Mercy was written in 2014, In modern day society, racial injustice has a big impact in this world today, as stated in Just Mercy and To Kill a Mockingbird. Showing that they are both related in many ways. The characters from To Kill A Mockingbird deal with racial injustice first hand. Scout, the narrator and daughter of Atticus Finch, experienced racial injustice of her father’s court case with Tom Robinson, an African American. Tom was accused of raping a white woman who was Mayella Ewell, Mayella said he raped her while he was helping her with chores.
Imperialism was going on and heavily impacting countries all around the world. This means that there is an unequal relationship, forced on other countries and peoples. The results of imperialism is the complete domination and subordination of economics, culture, and territories. To give examples, Germany was an ambitious and young nation. The German states had become a united country only in 1871 as a result of victorious wars against Austria and France.
He is a prime example of the upper crust of southern society abusing slaves. He was using a woman basically as his rape puppet, when she got pregnant he was going to kill her. He life had no value to him nor did the unborn child she carried. Slaves were nothing more than cheap property to upper class southerners. Was Monroe overall a good father to Ada?
“No matter how full the river is, it still wants to grow,” is a proverb from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as the Congo Free State while under King Leopold II’s rule. In short, this proverb describes the king of Belgium’s rule of the Congos in Africa; he wanted more control despite already ruling his own country. King Leopold II colonized the Congo by claiming it as his own property in hopes of gaining power, gaining more land mass, and obtaining natural resources for his own use and profit. The Congo was eventually annexed to Belgium. Given the size of the Congo, and the amount of untouched resources, King Leopold II deemed the land as desirable for personal rule; the Congo was later voted by the Belgian parliament to
The revolt lasted for two years and resulted in the deaths of 80,000-300,000 (“Facing the Past to Liberate the Future”). This uprising also caused a significant drop in population as a result of European brutality and well demonstrates the violence that African natives faced. While the uprising was unsuccessful, it “forced Kaiser Wilhelm's government in Berlin to institute reforms in their African colonies as they realized the potential cost of their brutality” and became an inspiration for later 20th Century freedom fighters who called for similar interethnic unity as they struggled against European colonial rule” (Beverton). The Maji-Maji and Herero uprisings had a hugely negative impact on African populations and feelings towards the imperialist nations that still remain an important part of Africa (and Germany’s) history
According to History’s “The Rwandan Genocide”, “Among the first victims of the genocide were the moderate Hutu Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and her 10 Belgian bodyguards, killed on April 7th.” When her 10 Belgian bodyguards were killed, this caused Belgium to start withdrawing their troops from Rwanda. Hutu extremists used this to their advantage. These extremists in government believed that elimination of the Tutsi would allow them to remain in power. They encouraged everyone to take part in the killing, those who refused were killed. Participants were incentivized by money, food, and land to partake in the killings.
Pakistan’s patriarchal society repeatedly condones discrimination against women mostly amongst the poor and uneducated rural families, says Dr. Farzana Bari, the Director of Gender Studies at Quaid-e-Azam University. She further elaborates that this mindset influence the police and judiciary; causing them to turn a blind eye to honor killings. According to her, "honor killings are a symptom of vigilante justice that occurs in an environment where the state is unable to enforce its writ." Pakistan is ranked among the most dangerous and unsafe countries for women after Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo according to a survey conducted by Thomson Reuters in 2011; mainly because of the prevalent cultural, tribal and religious customs that are harmful to women. Nearly 100 women and girls become the victim of honor killing mostly resulted from orders from panchayat (HRCP).