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The comic strip “Tintin in Africa” is causing a wave of reactions in the world. Last month a British bookstore removed the books because a customer complained about the racist content. In this book the congelese inhabitants speak a very simple language, get insulted by Tintin and have too fat lips. The original version has already  been corrected. Still these corrections are not enough for the British bookstore and others. Today a congolese student in Belgium accuses the book too. Some people are in favour of the original (more racist) version of the comic because it tells a history. One that was the truth at that time and it should not be forgotten. Very brief, Congo used to be the (only) colony of the Kingdom of Belgium and the locals were treated wrongly in the beginning.

On the picture below you can see graffiti in the streets of Brussels. It reminds me of the wall paintings you can find spread all over Belgium. Check out “Useful to know > Comics” to find out more about this part of the Belgian culture.


Wall painting


3 responses

  1. Of course Tin-Tin is racist and dated. We should live with the madness and face it. Hiding it only offers comfort to those who wish to continue their privilege.

    Great phot, nice graffitti

    August 9, 2007 at 12:30 am

  2. I’ve heard that there are a lot of arabians in Belgium. Is that true ?

    August 9, 2007 at 8:41 am

  3. Evy

    @Viktor: There are many Maroc and Turkish people living in Belgium, but they are not the only foreigners. There are large groups of Italians, Polish, etc. I am preparing an article about the diversity in Belgium for this blog. I will publish it in a few days.

    August 9, 2007 at 11:11 am

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