When a nation is invaded, there are always three categories of response to the invader. There are those who resist to the end, there are those who collaborate with force because they have no other choice, and there are traitors who cooperate willingly with the enemy. Below you can see the image of the Marshal Petain, who led France, shaking hands with Hitler after this one had invaded his country after eight months of war only! France under Pétain collaborated with Germany and delivered its citizens to the Third Reich. Jews especially were being carried in the wagons of the French railway company SNCF. But we have never heard that the French are responsible for the Shoah (the Jewish Holocaust) or even better : that Whites delivered Whites.
When an event like this happens, the story always tells by paralleling the three groups of people compared to their reactions. In the case of Africa during European slavery, it is as if there were only traitors. One does not even embarrass himself to call them traitors, because, you know, it is normal for Africans to sell each other since the dawn of time.
The Italian head of state Mussolini was the mentor of Hitler at the beginning of the latter. The Spanish head of state Franco was a passive ally of Hitler. Of all the major European nations, the only one who resisted until the end was Britain with Churchill, and this is partly due to its geographic situation. Isolated, it was difficult to take over Britain. The whole of Europe has collaborated with Hitler but today especially they mention that Hitler is responsible for the Holocaust and 50 million deaths, which is normal.
Europeans overwhelmingly captured other Europeans in order to sell them to the Arabs for centuries, with Venice as a transit. We never heard that Whites sold Whites to the Arabs. The Europeans had Native American scouts during the conquest of America, but we have never seen anywhere written that the Native Americans exterminated the Native Americans. During the war in Algeria, Algerians called Harkis, fought in the French army against their own country. We never heard that Arabs and Berbers are responsible for the colonial genocide in Algeria. Throughout history, there has always been traitors and we unfortunately did not escape the rule during the European slave trade.
The difference in our case is that no one speaks of resistances. No one talks about Somalians, Kenyans, Tanzanians and Mozambicans who delivered a death resistance for nearly a century against the Portuguese, city by city, street by street, who saw one of their kings being decapitated, and their wealthy states destroyed with cannon. No one speaks of the 30 years of resistance of Queen Nzinga who managed to contain the European force in Angola. No one speaks of King Nzinga Mbemba letters which claimed to body and cries to stop trafficking. No one talks about king Badu Bonsu of Ghana who obviously killed Dutch slave traders before being beheaded by Europeans. No one talks about king Almamy of Senegambia who swore to kill and massacre all the slavers on its soil. No one speaks of the Soninkes and other Mandingos who have allied to fight against Europeans etc… No, the world have only kept the memory that when the Europeans arrived in Africa, they found good wild kings who put men, women and children on the coasts with sign : “for sale”.
One may wonder why and how they managed to stick us the death and deportation of 400 million of ours. The fact is that we are not considered as humans. It’s been 500 years since we went out of humanity, that Europe has downgraded us to the rank of animals. Therefore all that is impossible to say about other peoples, is acceptable for Blacks, civilizers of humanity turned animals since 500 years.
Something must therefore be clear to everyone, in any situation of aggression, the main responsible is the sponsor. We have led resistance in abundance throughout the continent and we should stop saying that we are responsible for the slave trade. Finally only we, as Africans on both sides of the Atlantic and victims, have the right to write our past because as said Mama Miriam Makeba “do not expect that people who came to invade us, write the truth about us.”
PS : There were 150,000 Jews in Hitler’s army but no one in this world would ever say that the Jews are responsible for their Holocaust.
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