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Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (2003) 
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I realize that the following is not a movie that not too many people would even consider watching on Halloween even though it is about a real life horror story in which over 10,000,000 people were murdered, nearly twice as many as the Holocaust that far more people have heard of. Nevertheless, I'd like to ask that if you can get this documentary either at your local public library or though inter-library loan, that you should watch it.

The Congo Holocaust. You are no doubt wondering just what this
is/was. During the late Nineteenth/early Twentieth Centuries, the huge area of
the Congo was under the direct personal rule of King Leopold II of Belgium.
Operating under the misleading name of the "Congo Free State", Leopold II also used a
Misleadingly named organization, the "International Association of the Congo" to
further his greed and avarice in Africa.

Once Leopold was able to secure international recognition for his
ruling the Congo as his own personal domain under the misleading name, "Congo Free State"
bad things began to happen to the native people of the land. Leopold instituted a
systematic enslavement and genocide throughout the land. During the years of his colonial
tyranny, it has been estimated that as many as 10,000,000 natives were murdered under
Leopold's orders. That is substantially more than the total number of people who were
murdered by the Nazis under Adolf Hitler during World War II in
the mass atrocity known as The Holocaust.

The Congo Holocaust is the subject of the 2003 documentary
Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death. This is a real life horror
Story on celluloid. Although not intended as such, this documentary can be
seen as the perfect visual companion to King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed,
Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
by Adam Hochschild.

This is also a story that has been covered up to a great extent.
Most people in both Belgium and in the Congo itself do not seem aware
of it. Whenever one tries to being this story top light, he is met with
outrage from Belgian politicians. Belgium simply has not come to terms with its
shameful history in the Congo.

As good as this documentary is overall, there is one aspect of it
that is nothing short of downright awful. Part of this documentary is devoted
to a completely fictitious trial of King Leopold II. This part of the film
is poorly done and adds nothing to the movie as a whole. Its cheap theatricality only
hurts the credibility of the documentary with the discerning viewer.

Another poor aspect of this documentary is its political
correctness. The focus is exclusively on crimes against humanity carried out by white
Europeans. However, the overwhelming majority of the mass murders were
actually carried out by other Africans. What happened was that Leopold
and his henchmen enlisted natives to serve as the Belgian monarch's private
army. These native troops were given both complete authority over the natives
and were allowed total freedom of action. Leopold and his cronies allowed the
native troops to engage in wholesale atrocities in the course of doing their duties. By
not informing the audience of just who was responsible for actually carrying out the
atrocities, the film makers did a disservice to the audience. Another similar drawback to this
documentary was the failure to even so much as mention the wholesale violence that has plagued
the Congo since its independence from Belgium in 1960.


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Mark Twain wrote a pretty scathing satire of the Belgian empire in the Congo:

https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/i2l/kls.html

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I'm not sure the genocide was covered up so much as universally ignored. In a way that has become very, very familiar over the centuries and which has led directly, in our own time, to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Cliffie wrote:
I'm not sure the genocide was covered up so much as universally ignored. In a way that has become very, very familiar over the centuries and which has led directly, in our own time, to the Black Lives Matter movement.



Are you saying that there is genocide in America?


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