When Efforts Of A Black Man Become Jealousy And Scorn In Belgium

Writer Joel Savage

“I became a subject of ridicule, scorn, and laughter in Antwerp, just because I’m writing books, but I refused to live the way they want.” – Joel Savage

Laughter takes place when something funny occurs. It can happen during conversation, celebration, events etc. According to a health magazine, laughter can support the immune system, improve blood pressure, stimulate the organs and even reduce pain. Laughter is said to be a medicine which improves health and lifts up your spirit. Surprisingly, most laughter isn’t about humor, but taunting and underestimation.

It is very bad to make fun of people, yet there are many who laugh at the handicap, old people, beggars, biologically deformed people, the sick and sometimes at people who accidentally fall. The features of the human body lead people to laugh at other people. We hear often, what an ugly face? Big mouth, big ears, big nose and other disheartening and hurtful comments.

At school, some children bully and laugh at other children. Most of these children are too young even to realize what they are doing is wrong. It’s therefore, baffles me a lot when I see adults who suppose to know more than children, doing exactly what children’s do. No child has ever laughed at me in my efforts to be a writer. My bitter experience of becoming a subject of ridicule and laughter in Belgium was at the hands of adults, mostly females I respect most. Jealousy rules the heart of many Belgians especially  in Antwerp when they see foreigners trying to achieve something because many of them are failures.

A Dutch woman once asked me in Antwerp “You, you wrote a book?” It seems there isn’t any possibility for a black to write a book. This followed when some of her colleagues told her about my books they read online. I smiled and went away. That should have given me a little common sense to keep away from people who underestimate other people. Underestimation is everywhere. It has got nothing to do with racism, but the blacks experience it more than anyone in every community.

Then in the same school where the Dutch teacher made that statement, my trust to the teachers pushed me further to start raising fund to publish one of my books. At a school with over fifty teachers, my efforts to raise that fund became a scene of laughter. I became a center of ridicule. I didn’t get a cent, instead many of the teachers laughed at me to the extent that the director of the school got the information and said to me that’s very bad.

It is not compulsory to donate when someone is raising fund to publish a book, but what has laughter got to do with this? Meer jealousy, because they can’t stand to see the success of a black man. That is the typical character of most people in Antwerp because  they think they know too much.  My bitter experience  is one of the strategies Antwerp people used to discourage the black to follow his dreams and goals.

They want to see you among black junkies, who lack the willpower to survive the psychological games of the white man. Many of my African brothers and sisters in Belgium have developed mental problems. I refused to live like that.

For over eight years, I was the only black man in Belgium who had a press card as a journalist. Thank God, another black radio journalist has joined me. Many Belgians ask me how I got my press card. “I am qualified for it. They wrote down a dozen of things to submit if I am a writer or journalist. Then I submitted them.” That’s my answer. I have lived in Belgium for over fourteen years and still haven’t seen a black journalist on their television.

Many Africans with journalism experience who couldn’t stand the discrimination and Apartheid system of work choice in Belgium, migrated to England soon as they had their Belgium passports. I have signed on the wall. I will never migrate to any country but to stay in Belgium to progress and be successful as a writer under their nose. Today I have achieved what many of their writers and journalists couldn’t do in their entire lives.

I have published seven books and they are doing well. With the Dutch scientist, Johan Van Dongen, we wrote the English version of ‘Aids and Ebola, the greatest crime in medical history against mankind.’ The best of all is working on new projects. Life is like a driver taking a journey. If you drive carefully, you will get to your destination safely and if you drive recklessly, you will end up in an accident. My endurance and patience have crowned my efforts.

Thanks to the American media and authors, such as Beem Weeks, Mishael Austin Witty, Amy Metz, Clancy Tucker and many others who played a significant role in my career as a writer. All those who laughed at me in Belgium, now have realized they laughed at the wrong side of the mouth.

Beware! Of Frauds With Fake Designed Google Letter Heads

Fraud 1“Every man has the right to decide his own destiny,” sings Bob Marley. This right has overflowed its banks, as some people has chosen the habit of fraudulent means to live in this world, thus; always looking for absent-minded people to defraud.  

Desperate people, do desperate things. Every year people lose thousands of dollars and euros through internet or online frauds. There are warnings and prevention sites to curb away people from such frauds, yet they become victims to online frauds.

Online crooks, thieves, defrauders etc, plan very well to confuse victims to believe the scams are genuine. They go as far as designing ‘Google Letter Heads’ to make you believe what you are reading is genuine, but it isn’t.

It usually comes like this: Dear Google User.

You have been selected as a winner for using Google services, attached to this email is Our Official Notification Letter for your perusal.

Sincerely.
Eileen Naughton.
Managing Director Of Operations,
Google UK Ltd.

This fake mail  they make you believe from  Google, informs you of winning over £950.000.00 from (Google online sweeptakes) The letter demands your telephone number, your country, address etc, but it’s completely fake. Don’t let the fake designed ‘Google Letter Head’ steal your mind to give those thieves the processing fee they demand from victims.

Few years ago, with the photocopy of my Belgium press card, I sent a registered letter to ‘The Spanish Police Fraud Squad’ over Nigerians in fake letter lottery scam, claiming the person had won a million euros but needed to advance 4,000 euros in administrative fees to claim the jackpot. Over more than 600 people took the bait.

The police broke their networks and seized “800 Nigerian letters ready for posting, 700 envelopes, lists of possible victims” in their search, along with 100 photos destined for passport forgery.’ This is the reason I blog. I will inform readers any time I discover defrauders new plans.

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.

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