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One of my boys made me feel this strongly by sharing with me some content from the social studies course he is taking.

The young teenager spontaneously asked me if my teachers told me about the atrocities and cultural denials committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Belgian settlers.

My answer :I was treated to two versions of this past that I inherited. One praised colonization to the point of legitimizing its recourse to violence. The other criticized colonial oppression, praising the struggles to free oneself from it. “,”text”:”I was treated to two versions of this past that I inherited. One praised colonization to the point of legitimizing its recourse to violence. The other criticized colonial oppression, praising the struggles to free oneself from it. “}}”>I was treated to two versions of this past that I inherited. One praised colonization to the point of legitimizing its recourse to violence. The other criticized colonial oppression, praising the struggles to free oneself from it.

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Then I pointed out:My son, you know, the truth could lie somewhere in between, but either way, whoever is telling the story tends to get a good part.“,”text”:”Son, you know, the truth could lie somewhere in between, but either way, whoever is telling the story tends to cast himself in a nice role.”}}”>My son, you know, the truth could lie somewhere in between, but either way, whoever is telling the story tends to get a good part.

What I learned has, in any case, pained me“,”text”:”What I learned has, in any case, pained me”}}”>What I learned has, in any case, pained meadded my son.

For me, this comment was a sign that my child shared something of the difficult aspects of the imagination that I myself inherited from my parents.

The development of the media and the popularization of testimonies of history feed this imagination. We can no longer hide images or videos of colonized people forced into forced labor, whipped or mutilated under the orders and gaze of their masters.

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Is that how it happened?“,”text”:”Is that how it was?”}}”>Is that how it happened?asked my son, before echoing the treatment for which Indigenous people in Canada are demanding an apology from the Government of Canada and the Churches.

The vast majority of the colonized countries in Africa have politically emancipated themselves from their former European masters. They are also working to reshape the churches inherited from them.

The apologies of these colonizers through the mouths of their heirs and the Churches that accompanied them began to come, but timidly, in my opinion.

Hearing those of Pope Francis from the Aboriginal peoples of Canada only strengthens the impatience to see equally courageous gestures for what still haunts the African heritage.

Yes, I, too, perceived this gesture as the start of a possibility of similar gestures for these other Natives who are these Africans and us, their heirs.

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