Louis Michel on the colonization: “A debate that we should have had long ago”

For the former minister, as guest of the ” Morning First “, the policy is ” responsible before history for what he has done and what has been done “.

Thelouis Michel, former minister and former european commissioner, was the guest of “Morning First” this Thursday, with the program : the colonization. In 2001, the man had also chaired the belgian delegation at the world Conference of the United Nations against racism. For him, the debate must be appeased, far from being a ” question passionate “.

The death of George Floyd in the United States, has placed the fight against racism to the foreground, everywhere in the world. “This is a debate that we should have had long ago, it comes a little late. When, under the government of Guy Verhofstadt, we have apologized to the family of Lumumba, and that we asked in Rwanda, we wanted to show that our colonial role, our role as the colonizer did not only aspects civilizational “. Excuses that are made very late compared to the past. He explains that ” the policy is responsible before the history of what he has done and what has been done “.

“I realized that the established order didn’t like to open these files “, he says. According to him, some were not very favourable to the debate on these issues. “The constituted bodies and some political parties which reported the responsibility that they had “, including the ” pillar catholic “.

For the former politician, it is ” important that we reread our history as it should be read, but also in the appeasement, free from political manipulation and politician of all of these issues “. A debate that must give context to the story : “a critical history which also requires to submit the questions and the questioning in his time and in his context “.

For Louis Michel, racism and colonialism are inherently linked. “The racism is amplified by the colonization and exploited by colonization. These are not the Rwandans who invented the sign of ethnic identity on identity documents in rwanda. It is a work that has been done in Belgium “.

“We need to put all of it flat and draw conclusions and putting things in context. “

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