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A homeless Muslim man begs on the streets of Paris c.1950.

THE NO-GO ZONES

A “no-go” zone is defined as an area within a city where law enforcement authorities fear to tread creating an enclave which differs from the general society as a whole. This might include an enclave in which crime cannot be controlled. In the current conversation we a referring to sections of European cities which house large immigrant populations, predominantly Muslim, who have failed to assimilate into the host country’s society. This is not all that unusual as immigrant populations tend to isolate themselves in the first generation only to assimilate more easily in future generations.

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Lubo, Belgian Congo - November 14, 1924: Belgian colonialism in the Congo. If you look closely you can see the lash marks on the chest of the prominent African. Also see: "King Leopold's Ghost" (1998) by Adam Hochschild. Ref: "Heart of Darkness" (1899) by Joseph Conrad.

“White Man’s Burden”

The title of this blog, “White Man’s Burden”, is a shortened version of the title from the poem written by Rudyard Kipling (1899) describing U. S. colonialism in the Philippines. But it has come to symbolize the imperialist experience exerted by the great powers over subjected peoples particularly in Africa. We have always sought to illustrate our blogs, newsletters and website with the best images possible. However, images taken in tropical areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, Vietnam and parts of South America and Southeast Asia reflect the damage done to images as a result of the humid climate. We trust that you will make allowances for our “White Man’s Burden” photo.

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