Most Black people would never understand what stop the White man from sleeping peacefully at night: Guilt!
It always a big surprise for ordinary Europeans to learn that in many places in the world they are called “The Devil with Blue Eyes”, the “White Devil” or the “Jackal”, because of the extreme violence their countries have made these people suffer.
In fact, there is no single place on earth where europeans have been and brought peace and love to local people, or lived in peace with the local people. Wherever Europeans have gone on this earth they destroyed, killed, murdered, enslaved, or put into place schemes to dehumanise and exploit the local people.
Most Europeans are not aware of those facts, and when they discover what their ancestors did to other populations around the world, they feel shame, guilt but also fear.
Nowadays western Europeans and their descendants represent less than 15% of the world population but hold close to 90% of the world wealth.
Regardless of the wealth they have accumulated, regardless of the world status they have achieved, regardless of the technological and scientific progress they have brought to humanity, there is only one thing that is preventing the white man to be fully happy: the guilt of what they have done to other people around the world, the genocide of millions, the slavery of millions, the murdering of millions.
As an African, I can always sense that the white man wants to be free from the guilt, and consequenlty has developed numerous tactics of dealing with the white Guilt.
1. Denial is one of the first reaction. Denialists usually turn into more racists and very isolationists people. In the extreme case, the Denialists would use some “Rented Negroes” to spread “sweet lies ” about history. However, deep down you still can see that the guilt is still there.
2. Humanitarian impulse or the personal reparation program is the second most common reaction. The purpose is to give something back or help repair the errors of the past.
3. At a higher level, the European elite reaction to the white guilt is much more strategic, and goes into looking for a “Black Jesus”, which means Black leaders who will ask their own people to forget the past, to forgive and reconcile, but more importantly also let the Europeans keep all the advantages they’ve got from the past injustices and horrors.
Figures like Mandela, or Martin Luther King, and alike, fit very well in that scheme and therefore are very much welcome and heavily promoted.
The perfect “Black Jesus” is someone like Mandela, a Black man who suffered under the white man oppression, but decided not only to pardon him, but also to let him keep all the wealth and status they have acquired while murdering and exploiting his own people. Indeed, white people in South Africa represent only 8% of the population but grab 85% of the lands and more than 90% of the economy is in their hands.
“Alleluia … This is the New Jesus … Sent by God to pardon and leave us in peace.”
Like Thabo Mbeki put it « Mandela is the white man’s favourite politician ».
Why is the white man obsessed about finding a “Black Jesus”:
Because from all the major populations they have hurt the most, the only one that still alive, numerous and growing is the Black Man. The Native americans have been wiped out. The same for the Australian Aborigines. Asians suffered the least, and don’t keep that much grudge against the Europeans. Only left the Africans and the Arabs: these two groups have suffered the longest and the most. And, beyond the Arabs, the Africans are the only ones who remains completely dominated by the White man.
Cultivating the image of the pardoning black man, who forget the past and leave them in peace, became an obsession: a figure like Mandela represents a holy man, a guilt alleviator that needs to be made into the perfect example for all black leaders to follow.
For a Black man to instantly get all the favour from the white man is to say “Slavery, colonialism is the past. neither you or me was born at that time. It was 400 years ago. The most important today is to look into the future and build a better world together”.
For a black man to instantly lose his white friends and got ostracised is to say “Our people suffered from the white man oppression and violence for the last 400 years, and continue to suffer under the white man oppression and racism. We are decided to fight for our freedom and dignity, and preserve our independence. The white man have to ask for pardon, and repent.”
The Point is NEVER STOP asking for justice, even if the injustice is one thousand years old!
It’s the only way to get any justice, otherwise the oppressor expect your silence to feel less guilty, and disguise under humanitarian actions to hide their true nature.
There is no shortcut to healing 500 years of dreadful history. The European Elite solution of fabricating false and deceitful icons for the African people is the wrong way to go. The “rented negroes” solution is worst, and the humanitarian impulse should be restrained.