Democratic Republic of Congo
10 million Congolese are now jammed into a city that was built by the Belgians to accommodate less than 200,000 people. The Western principles of urban planning have been thrown out the window. The whole city has become a mountain of garbage where open sewers run through the streets.
In 1967, Mobutu Sese Seko made “authenticité” the official state ideology of Congo: the European statues of Henry Morton Stanley, King Albert, and King Leopold II were torn down, Léopoldville, Stanleyville, and Elisabethville were renamed Kinshasa, Kisangani, and Lubumbashi, and Congo was renamed Zaire.
Christian names were rejected in favor of African names, Western suits and ties were rejected in favor of African tunics, visiting heads of state were greeted by African drums and singing instead of the traditional 21 gun salute, the Congolese people were required by law to “mentally decolonize” themselves from Western influence.
“Authenticité is the realization by the Zairean people that it must return to its origins, seek out the values of its ancestors, to discover those which contribute to harmonious and natural development. It is the refusal to blindly embrace imported ideologies. It is, in short, the affirmation of mankind, in its place, with its mental and social structures.”
As we saw in Black History Month 2012: Rape in the Congo, “authenticité” has been a marvelous success: history has been thrown into reverse and Congo is returning to its old ways of cannibalism, gang rape, witchcraft, genocide, and slavery.
The garbage is piling up in the streets, the jungle is overtaking highways, the rail system has broken down, the roads are collapsing into sinkholes, the mines have collapsed, the factories are rusting, the currency has been destroyed, law and order has collapsed, hotels, schools, and hospitals are being abandoned, banking and credit are almost gone … it is a leftist dream come true, the “noble savage” in the Congo is returning to the “state of the nature” where Henry Morton Stanley found him.
OD celebrates Black History Month 2012 by exploring Kin La Poubelle and the achievements of black public administrators in the Democratic Republic of Congo which gives us a preview of what Detroit and New Orleans would look like if these cities were ever allowed to be authentically black.
Note: In the third video, you can see the resemblance between Kinshasa and Port-au-Prince. Most Haitians are descended from Congolese slaves that were transported to Saint-Domingue to work on sugar and coffee plantations.
In the fourth video, you can see the recent riots by the Black Undertow in Matonge in Belgium, which is the Congolese slum quarter in Brussels. The power of race can be seen in their ability to reproduce the same conditions in Kinshasa, Brussels, Port-au-Prince, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and Detroit.
This is a theme which we are going to start hitting harder in coming months: African-Americans, Haitians, Afro-Brazilians, and Congolese are the same people. Haitians and African-Americans are drawn almost equally from the same sources.