Watching Journey of an African Colony on @netflix and whew... quite a reminder that even as their cousins were wiping out the indigenous and enslaving Africans in the Americas, European empires were carving up Africa and trading the unstolen African indigenous like playing cards.
This quote from one of the co-conspirators from 1890 is something else...
For context, around the time of that quote, the descendants of the stolen Africans in the U.S. were battling domestic terrorism designed to roll back the Civil War, Plessy vs Ferguson established Jim Crow, and the “new immigrants” were engaged in labor strikes in American cities.
But Africa remained, to the European colonial empires, good only for plundering its resources, land and human bodies. No different from their attitudes toward the Americas, Australia, India and Malaysia, etc. History is shocking and often dispiriting, but so informative.
Oh! And there was also a depression. And keep in mind this was pre-Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps... or child labor laws ... so people were just left to their own devices (the conservative ideal at work!) historylink.org/file/20874
Also learning about this villain here: Frederick Lugard, whose name is scattered all over Nigeria in street names and public buildings, and who brought death, underdevelopment and segregation to the put-together country Great Britain claimed to own. artsandculture.google.com/entity/frederi…
Apparently his wife came up with the name “Nigeria,” which shares the same Latin root as “Negro” and the word we emphemise as “the N word.” My father’s country and “Rhodesia” eventually unburdened themselves of those names. Perhaps Nigeria will too one day? Any insider thoughts!

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