Inside the world’s ‘last colonial museum’ in Belgium




How should Europe’s painful colonial past be told, and who gets to tell it?

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That’s what they’re struggling with at Belgium’s Africa Museum, home of the world’s largest collection of African art.

Built on the site of what was once a human zoo, which showcased Africans as if they were animals, it’s now undergoing a massive renovation.

But instead of removing controversial artefacts, they’re relabeling them.

Channel 4 News was allowed inside what’s been called the “last colonial museum.”


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50 thoughts on “Inside the world’s ‘last colonial museum’ in Belgium

  1. Hello from Belgium! This masterpiece of anti-white rasism/ islamophile  masochism makes me wonder:  will CHANNEL 4 (one day …?) replace Cathy Newman by Anjem Chaudary so as to  make TV lectures about your (future…?) politically more correct British Ben Laden Museum…?

  2. Am I suprised ? Nope
    just another European country on the verge of obscurity clinging to its colonial past and it's glory.
    Fade into obscurity with your misplaced pride because when Africa will rise , nobody will be looking towards Europe.
    This century belongs to Asia and Africa.

  3. God the comments on this video! This is not a white guilt trip, it’s talking about the really dark history of Leopold the second and the fact that Belgium has a really terrible colonial track record compared to other European colonists. We need to LEARN from history. And that’s what 4channel is doing. Can’t understand how this has to be made about hating white people, or NEEDING to discuss british past, or saying that the Congo doesn’t have its own problems right now. It’s about this history right now, how terrible it was and how we need to learn from it! Sheesh people!

  4. It's weird how EU can put the past in perspective but cannot do the same with the present! They're still dropping bombs on African countries like Libya and Yemen and then traffics them into the Country as migrants… It's absolutely bizarre to rest of the world! Absolutely hideous, and it's destroying Europe and the Nations your interventions take place in! Wake up EU citizens …

  5. Yes, the kings and queens defeated, not took African lands as African tribes took African tribes land like French Norman's took English lands and so on and ottomans took African slaves. And Jewish took black slaves,also bitter after ww2 holocaust which no one allowed to investigate they and control much of the media. It's called the blame game, money making agenda power trip. It's in human nature to do bad and good, black or white. Inbred kings and queens celebrated today while ordinary European citizens being replaced by African, Indian. and no one complains.

  6. Acid attacks, moped raids, daily stabbings, constant terrorism threat, concrete barriers, police with machine guns everywhere, police asking for spit guards. We've got a human zoo too. It used to be called London.

  7. All of the peoples who were enslaved and colonised less than a century ago are now advancing with technology and education. We are recovering our histories and wiping away the revisionist lies. We are educating ourselves and will show history as it really is.

  8. What happened to the teachings of Christ?  I guess human beings can be piece of shits, cruel and pure evil.  I see this among all religious and idealogical groups.  Buda, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad, they all failed.

  9. Hate how they are always trying to re-write history. Change the way we talk about it. It is what it is. In all its fall and glory. I'm proud of what my European ancestors have achieved and yes not all good but it's giving us all what we have today

  10. When this nonsense ends and the psychosis and fad is over, the backlash with be glorious.
    No more charity. No more handouts. No more complaints when brownie is getting bombed. No aid when brownie starves{which won't be long}

    Europe for Europeans!

  11. "who clearly styles himself, glasses and all, on his hero" People wear glasses to see. They're both not even wearing similar glasses. Wtf was that comment. How very patronizing.

  12. King Leopold was clearly an awful human being. Did he actually start the trend of chopping off hands, or was it a case of 'when in Rome', because it seems to still be a rather common practice in Congo?

  13. IS IT, IMPERIALISM THIS STRAIGHT FORWARD?
    THEN PRESENT THE CULTURE OF THE NATIVE INDIGENOUS POPULATION OF THE CONGO AND HOW THE OVERLORDS OF BELGIUM "EXPLOITED" ANY CULTURAL DIVIDES INHERENT PRE-COLONISATION… SO WHY DID FOLK HAVE THEIR HANDS CUT OFF – WERE THEY THIEVES, WAS IT TO ASSERT SOME PERCEIVED FLAW IN THEIR CHARACTER – WAS IT A PUNISHMENT ALREADY EXISTENT WITHIN THEIR CULTURE?
    IS HE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ALLEGED MILLIONS OF DEATHS IN THE CONGO?
    IF AFRICANSARE SO AGHAST AT WESTERN SOCIETY – THEIR OWN COUNTRY SHOULD BE MORE WELCOMING TO THEM, SHOULD IT NOT?

  14. I like how Channel 4 have to put this on TV as we know most Blacks can not read so will not pick a book up and learn themselves fk even Ali was telling them to pick and book up and read in the 1970s

  15. They should leave the "last colonial museum" alone–in the state that it's currently in; because they are "whitewashing history" and desanitizing the true cruel inhumane treatment of a nation of people–proof of the atrocities that they committed! To change the museum now would give the appearance of "white guilt" and they're interested in hiding their ancestral wicked dealings!

  16. what about your own country BRITAIN, channel 4 news, it was worse than nazis, and churchill a bigger murderer than hitler, had you lost war, you would have shared the same ignominy that nazis faced or even the current germans do. CHANNEL 4 should make a docu on the atrocities of BRITAIN and churchill the mass murderer

  17. Imagine how horrible it would be to be an asset at a human zoo, you are effectively a prisoner and snatched away from you family. Have you seen how cage tigers act.

  18. Incoming white people who don't want to believe this is true or are just blatant proud this happened. However I will say that i don't understand what good this report brings to people. The news will always divide the people indirectly

  19. I do like the approach of these activists that seek to educate the public about the role of historical figures instead of seeking to unperson them. Far leftists in America are too cowardly to do this because it reveals their political tribe's long overlooked responsibility for slavery in the US, the Civil War, the KKK, racial segregation, the destruction of the character of black family life, dependency on the tax payer, and engendering a sense of hopelessness that they are desperate to pretend should be allocated to the entirety of America's white population.

    Will Channel 4 please next visit the museum dedicated to the history of slavery located in Doha, Qatar? I am curious to see if the Qataris are as good at reflecting on the past as these Belgians.

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