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.