What Really Happened in the Congo: Belgium’s ‘Heart of Darkness’
Leopold famously said when he was forced to hand over the Congo Free State to the Belgian nation: “I will give them my Congo but they have no right to know what I have done there,” and proceeded to burn archives.
Did y’all know about this?
this was never taught in any history class i took in high school, so when i read heart of darkness senior year i was in shock. it’s fiction but it’s based on things that actually happened in the Congo. if you aren’t easily disturbed, i suggest you read it. it’s a powerful book that touches on racism, colonialism, and European imperialism. it helped open my eyes to the horrors of white supremacy outside this country.