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To see Africa as a continent of coherent societies each with its own culture and history took a leap of empathy a leap that few if any of the early European or American visitors to the Congo were willing to make To do so would have meant seeing Leopolds regime not as progress not as civilization but as a theft of land and freedomDocument and explain how and why this process of theft and exploitation both occurred and was made possible in the Congo There is an undeniable connection between the level of care of Europeans for the Africans and the act of taking over and colonizing Africa Even today people may say that they are not racist and that they do not discriminate but they do and it affects their levels of interests in news stories Take for example the invisible children and Joseph Kony in Uganda only because of one YouTube video has the American population become aware of this issue while this man has actually been in power for 26 years This video went viral in a matter of a single day and for maybe a week people seemed to care about the issue then as quickly as it came in the idea went out Now take the holocaust and Hitler To this day there are still movies shows and books that all relate to this happening and Americans still seem to be intrigued and deeply saddened by this event The Holocaust had ended in 1945 and only lasted 3 years The question therefore stands why do people care more about a genocide that happened 64 years ago rather than one that is happening today Its as simple as the skin color of the people involved I believe Hochschild says it best Unconsciously we feel closer to the victims of Stalin and Hitler because they were almost all EuropeanSo undoubting this is why the Europeans during the time of the Congo
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