The Devil Among Us In The Likely Of Men

handsUnited we stand, divided we fall.

Racial discrimination, violence and crime, are some of the problems that have divided, caused havoc and brought unrest in our society today, yet many don’t learn  from the painful experience, destruction and the mistakes they do.

No body wants to be called a racist. “The black man say it’s the white man, The white man say it’s the black man, Indians say it’s the coloureds, Coloureds say it’s everyone…….” Sings Lucky Dube, the great South African reggae legend.

In one of the shops in Antwerp, an African dog lover,went to buy a dog’s chain. After payment, as soon as he stepped outside, a white man entering the same shop, saw him with the chain. He asked the African if he is going to use the chain on his neck. What a provocation?  I quickly stepped in to hold the angry African, when the scene nearly turned to bloodshed.

That is how life goes sometimes. The poor African is not looking for trouble but the devil is knocking on his door to give him one. The white man knows very well that such question could bring unexpected problems, yet he ignored and did what his heart wants. And if you called him a racist, he will tell you “I’m not.”

At the just concluded Flemish Journalist Association end of year’s press conference on December 5, 2015, in Antwerp, I witnessed something more shocking. Among all the Belgian journalists, were only two Africans. A white male came to the other African, a radio journalist and asked him if he knows what monkeys eat.

“I don’t know.” He answered. “Then follow me.” Said the Belgian journalist. The radio journalist followed him, without knowing whether it was a joke, game or racial discrimination.

To his utmost surpise, he was taken to table with a bowl of fruits, including banana. He just smiled and left the Belgian journalist standing by the table. Why should something like that happen among a group of journalists in the same association? This is an insult not intelligence.

Many times the black man is seen as a criminal in the society, because of the colour of his skin, but crime doesn’t know colour. Both black and white commit crime. If you hate someone bcause of his colour, please just leave him alone. Don’t try to stir racial violence, because when trouble erupts, it affects everyone including children, our business and the society.

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The Mysterious Sandwich Thief

SandwichAt the premises of the industrial cleaning company, are workers from various countries, including Africans. For almost three months, the company we were working for, takes us to another industrial company in the district of Antwerp, called FABRICOM, to work there.

Fabricom is a construction company occupying a very large terrace. The company installs and maintains electricity installations, video surveillance, heating etc. Like the officials, the industrial workers also used containers as offices, toilets and dining hall.

The work at Fabricom was very heavy, thus; among hardworking operational staff, we do eight hours per day and most of the time, I drive forklift. At 12 P.M, we have our lunch break. It was launch time we detected that some of the workers launch box had gone missing.

To work very hard and to find out that your lunch box is missing or stolen, is an issue too tough to handle. This didn’t happen once or twice but daily. Action speaks louder than words. Being Africans among white workers, all eyes were on us as suspect, even though we weren’t accused of any theft.

At the dining hall, the atmosphere becomes tense, when on the fifth day of the week, one of the workers finds his food stolen again. This time, the management decides to do something about it. They secretly started their investigations, creating undetected hideout aiming to catch the person responsible for this theft red-handed.

The following week, about quarter to noon day, a mysterious man emerged into the quiet dining hall, looking  for a meal to steal. After tasting a number of meal, he finds a delicious one and he took it. As he tries to walk out he was intercepted.

Shockingly, out of over hundreds of workers at the company, the mysterious thief appeared to be one of our colleagues from Portugal. He was interrogated but the company didn’t call the police. Instead they informed the boss of our company of what has happened.

Fabricom wouldn’t like to see the thief at the company’s premises again, so the company I was serving sent the Portuguese to another place to work. Sometimes it’s very hard to be judged wrongly because of the colour of your skin, but that shouldn’t prevent us to build a good relationship, with our neighbours, colleagues and our bosses.

Poem Of Awareness: When You Are Born Black

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The Bible says God created Man in his own image

But many don’t see the black man in God’s image, so

When you are born black, you are a victim of slavery and Apartheid

When you are born black, you are victim of racism and discrimination

When you are born black, don’t trust World Health Organization and Center for Diseases Control and Prevention

When you are born black, you a weapon of mass destruction

When you are born black, Belgium will give you Ebola

When you are born black, Holland will give you AIDS

When you are born black, your home is Uncle Tom’s Cabin

When you are born black, contaminated vaccine is your gift

When you are born black, Germany will use you for an experiment

When you are born black, flee from the ghost of King Leopold II

When you are born black, America will use you for biological warfare

When you are born black, many will see you as a suspect, so stop committing crime

When you are born black, you will be a victim of cheap labour

When you are born black, pray without ceasing, because you’ve got a high mountain to climb

When you born black show love and care to your fellow brothers and sisters

When you are born black, watch your steps, because many hate you

When you are black, pray to meet good friends who don’t care about colour

Because they will make you happy without contemplating of committing suicide.

The Heart Has No Colour, No Country, No Religion, No Sex

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Andrea: Her wise comment inspired me to write this article.

I do write a lot, but I have to admit that some of my writings were created from comments of readers or my followers. As writers or bloggers, when we read comments on articles: How seriously do we take them, ponder over them to see their usefulness, significance and effect?

Many argue that it’s not good to make comment, but I say that It’s good to comment on articles, but if you don’t have anything significant to say, please shut your mouth, because your comment can give you the respect you deserve and the same comment can put you into a very big trouble, because of the bad things you said.

Believe me some comments worth more than silver and gold. It can change one’s life and the way you think, especially if you don’t have any love in your heart for someone. There are many problems and almost all these problems were caused by man. Pride, superiority and racism are some of the problems tearing our society apart today, yet no one wants to be called a racist.

Recently I posted an article captioned “Who Says There Is No Happiness Or Love In Africa?” The fact that Africa is a continent which has suffered a great deal of wars, ethnic conflicts, slavery and man-made diseases, many think they don’t have love for each other. Frankly speaking, a poor African can easily share his food with a friend, than a rich man in a developed country.

This particular article I wrote, didn’t generate much comment, but the only comment I had was awesome and inspiring. It touched my soul to read it over and over, allowing it to geminate in me, to add it to the little I have and share  with others.

According blogger Andrea, who runs this Italian blog: ‘Libera mente & Critica mente’:

Each person has a heart, and in each heart there is Love.

So everyone of us has Love in his/her heart.

The heart has no colour, no Country, no religion, no sex.

So Love has no colour, no Country, no religion, no sex.

Too many times, unfortunately, people forget to be human, and that have a heart…

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I hope everyone agrees with me that this quotation or comment is awesome and carries wisdom? Thank you Andrea.

Racially Motivated Killers: Are Devils Among Us In The Likely Of Men?

How racial motivated crimes are tearing our society apart

“What do Belgian Hans Van Themsche and American Dylann Roof have in common? Both are violent racial motivated killers.”

Racial problem is like a disease tearing the society apart. It has no cure because history and society have succeeded planting the seed of discrimination and hatred into the minds of people, including children, so they grow up with it. I have said many times that “there is no child born a racist, adults contribute to both good and bad of child behaviors.”

Racial stereotypes based on nationality, colour, race, religion and other factors; create hatred and racism, often leading to death. A black can be a racist, but the most recorded bloody racial problems were started by a class of white people, such as the Ku Klux Klan, that think Whites are better and superior to other race. Slavery, the Holocaust, and McCarthyism were all inspired by racism.

Racially motivated crimes take place daily in our society, but are often ignored, until when innocent blood is shed, before the authority steps in to investigate. In Antwerp, Belgium, 2006, an 18-year-old high student named Hans Van Themsche, with head shaved, combat boots and a black leather outfit, went berserk on a killing spree to gun down foreigners, especially Africans, after purchasing a rifle from a gun shop in Antwerp.

After overpowered by the police, the investigation revealed that the racist killer’s aunt, Frieda Van Themsche, is a member of parliament for the ‘Vlaams Belang’ party, a party which originates from Antwerp, known for their hatred towards foreigners, opposing Muslim integration and against a multicultural society. Did the ideology of this party influenced and inspired Hans Van Themsche to carry out such atrocity?

 

Racially motivated crimes will it ever come to end

Hans Van Themsche, the Belgian student racist killer

Hans Van Themsche shot three people; a veiled Turkish woman, a two-year-old Flemish toddler on a tricycle and a black woman taking care of the child. The Turkish woman survived the shooting but the child and her nanny died. Being an African writer and a resident of Antwerp, I know perfectly well that, the authorities took this racially motivated killing as a serious crime, due to the Belgian child that died, because in Antwerp whatever happens to a black man is never considered an important case which needs attention.

Months after the death of Oulematou Nangadou, the decision to compensate the Malian babysitter’s family was challenged by the court, owing to the fact that the victim was illegally staying in Belgium. That was meaningless and unfair judgment orchestrated to promote or inspire more racism and likely to spark new racial violence or killings in Antwerp, but that didn’t happen.

In America, African-Americans still recovering from racially motivated killings were greeted by fresh racial motivated violence, when a young man of 21, identified by the FBI as Dylann Roof, opened fire on an African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night, killing 9 people. According to the police, the motive for the killings was to spark racial violence.

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Both Oulematou Nangadou, the Malian woman and Luna, the little girl she was looking after, died from gunshots by Themsche.

According to the Post and Courier newspaper “the emotional weight of the ordeal also brought local activists, Charleston’s police chief, and South Carolina’s governor to tears as they fought to find words to ease community members who fear further violence in a city with a long and complicated history involving race.”

While all these racial problems are tearing our society apart, what lessons are we learning from them? “I am so pleased that we were able to resolve this case quickly … so that nobody else is harmed by this individual,” said Mullen, the police chief, after Roof was captured.

I’m very pleased with the way African-Americans, including the victims’ families, proactively dealt with that situation, avoiding any further racial violence. ‘I had a dream that one day, the struggle of the African-Americans for freedom and equal rights will be a reality.’ Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. United we stand, divided we fall.

Reality Comedy: 10 Reasons African-Americans Need To Be Happy

 

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African-Americans don’t worry be happy

1. Belgium is not like America. Nothing in the country called ‘American Dream,’ but you have all the opportunities in front of you. In fact, the great actor Jean-Claude Van Damme can tell you the truth. The reason he left his miserable country to the land of opportunity, America, to be famous today. He would have been miserable like a church-mouse if had no vision.

2. In Antwerp, Belgium, it took me five years to see the first black bus driver and seven years to see the first black policeman. You are lucky African-Americans, to see many black police officers and bus drivers around you. I nearly forget, the number of black bus drivers has increased to six in Antwerp.

3. As a matter of fact, I think I’m the only black journalist in Antwerp. Maybe I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen one yet. That doesn’t bother me anyway, but I hate when a Belgian asks me how I got my press card. Press cards don’t fall from trees. I am qualified that’s the reason they gave it to me. Who can ask an African-American such a question? Be happy brothers and sisters.

4. The colour of the black man is very good. When the Belgian racist killer, Hans Van Themsche, went on a rampage looking for black people to kill in Antwerp, he didn’t see me, so I survived because the darkness and my colour were the same. That would have been very bad for the white man since they are easily seen in darkness.

5. A Belgian once asked me: Why the colour of the palm of black man’s hand different from the colour of his back hand? I said to him praise God because we are not monkeys. It’s only monkeys and chimpanzees that have the same black colour in the palm and back of the hand.

6. I have been in Belgium years before the formation of the European Union, which gave the Bulgarians, Romanians etc, the chance to come to Western Europe to work, yet years after working so hard, many Belgians ask me when would I go back to Africa. Is it fair? The reason African-Americans should be happy.

7. Public transport in Belgium, including trams and buses are always late because women are responsible for the preparation of the time schedules, African-Americans, you are lucky your transport are punctual because men prepare the time table.

8. I am in Belgium for fifteen years, yet I have seen any black journalist on Belgium’s television. African-Americans, whatever you are going through, don’t worry, be happy because you have seen hundreds of black journalists on your television.

 

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Comedian Chris Rock on stage

Chris Rock, one of my favourite African-American comedians

9. I don’t feel comfortable when I enter any Belgium shop because they greet me with: Hello what can I do for you? When I haven’t called for help. African-Americans tell me the truth are you often asked the same question? This is the reason you need to be happy.

10. The history of the journey of African-Americans to America, is a heart-wrenching story, emotional and mental torture. Thank God African-Americans, because you don’t see any statues of slave masters or streets named after slave masters. In Belgium; there are many streets named after King Leopold, as well as statues, yet this man killed and maimed over 10 million Africans, including children.

African-Americans due to these reasons, you agree with me that you need to be happy, instead of living an unhappy life, because of racial problems. In whatever situation you find yourselves, brothers and sisters, don’t give up and cease without praying, with God all things are possible.