This post was edited by expatter at 2012-12-25 23:26|
European Colonialism and Genocide ………
This is my own personal opinion ………
Since Columbus and other Europeans first plied their trade of claiming inhabited lands around the world for their sponsors, monarchs or for the greater glory of God, the world has witnessed the death of millions of innocents by the spread of infectious diseases, which were admittedly an unknown quantity to those explorers, and worse than that, the deliberate subjugation, murder or even genocide visited on less technologically advanced people’s of the world. These brutal and savage deaths were often stated as ‘enlightenment’ and ‘education’, but the real underlying cause was more often just basic subjugation and profiteering. Resources were harvested out of colonized areas and shipped to Europe and often the indigenous people’s were used as corvee labour and enslaved to the greed of Europeans. Evidence shows that some or many of these subjugated people’s were often exposed to starvation, rape, beatings, disfigurement and murder and were considered as nothing more than ‘animals’ to be used for the purposes of pure exploitation.
Some might argue that these people were brought to both civilization and spirituality and that these countries have benefitted financially. If they did then it was often at the expense of many lives and the theft of many times the resources that were used to construct the odd urbanized enclave, which were built not for the indigenous population, but rather the masters and their merchants. They also might argue that much water has passed under the bridge since then and modern countries cannot be slated by history and to some extent Iwould agree with that.
However, the fact that this dark past remains out of the main education sphere and only historical matters which represent ‘nationalistic’ elements remain, are I feel a dark stain and a matter of shame.
Future generations have the right to know about the dark past or these so-called modern and enlightened European countries are no better than any dictatorship or communist country that they vilify at will. It is called hypocrisy ……… !
I will follow this light introduction with a couple of articles as support for my comments ……..