The Rise of Systemic Racism in Europe

Reach Society believes that the 21st century will be known as the century when the evil of systemic racism ends.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 1 2020 Huge demonstration in Amsterdam. Protestors rallying against police brutality against Afro American citizens in the USA after the murder of George Floyd.

The first quarter of this year saw the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in China which spread to virtually every corner of the globe. While people were getting infected and sadly dying from the Covid-19 virus, the whole world witnessed the heartless killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a group of policemen in Minneapolis, USA. It took almost 9 minutes for these uncaring officers to take the life of another unarmed African American.

In the 1960s the African American author, James Baldwin, described America’s treatment of its Black citizens as “morally monstrous.” And in May 2020 the killing of George Floyd is further evidence that America is still a morally monstrous country. And this is just one more example of systemic racism at work.

In examining systemic racism in countries in the West it is important to be aware that it was launched in 1452. In that year Pope Nicholas 5th issued a Papal Bull that gave permission to Portugal to treat all people they encountered in new lands, who were not Roman Catholic, as less than human, take their possessions and enslave them.

This 1452 Papal Bull was an act of pure evil that gave permission to the first European nation to treat everyone whose faith was not Roman Catholic as property. As explorers from Spain vied with those from Portugal to discover new lands, the Popes who followed Nicholas 5th also gave permission to the Spanish to treat anyone they encountered who were non-Catholics or Christians as less than human, take their possessions and enslave them.

These Papal Bulls were soon embedded into the laws of European countries such as Portugal, Spain, England, France, Belgium and Holland. Through these laws everyone who was not deemed to be a European had limitations, restrictions and barriers put in their way in every country under the control of Europeans. This situation endured for hundreds of years.

As we are aware, the UK passed a law to end the slave trade in 1807, and another law to end the enslavement of Black people in the British Empire in 1834. In addition the UK’s political control over most of its colonies in Africa and the Caribbean ended in the 1960s. And other European countries also released most of their former colonies.

However, despite these laws the impact of the evil that was launched on non-Roman Catholics or non-Christians in 1452 by Pope Nicholas 5th still persists. People of African and Asian descent are still suffering from limitations, restrictions and barriers which are placed in their way to limit their progress and social mobility in every aspects of their lives.

So why is this happening? It is our belief that Europeans have been encouraged to be morally monstrous to non-Europeans for so long, this behaviour has become second nature. It is our belief that laws without effective enforcement shall be ignored. Consequently, in 2020 we are seeing this behaviour in North and South American countries, in the UK, and in countries in continental Europe. It is our belief that systemic racism can end, but this will only occur when there is effective enforcement of existing laws in order to send a clear and consistent message that being morally monstrous is no longer acceptable in our society.

On 25 May 2020 the killing of George Floyd horrified virtually everyone who saw the video and it triggered protests by Black Lives Matter groups in the USA, the UK, and across the world; and they involved people of all ethnicities and ages. These protests were by the “alliance of conscience,” or fair minded people who want our society to change, who want society to move away from morally monstrous behaviour that has blighted the lives of citizens of African and Asian descent for too long. It is our belief that the BLM movement will harness this “alliance of conscience” and drive the required transformation.

Reach Society believes that the 21st century will be known as the century when the evil of systemic racism (that was launched in 1452 by Pope Nicholas 5th) will be ended because the decent people, of all ethnicities, who have forged the “alliance of conscience” will no longer tolerate this morally monstrous behaviour.

In addition, the modern Black community needs to teach its young people of the foregoing historical timeline of systemic racism. It needs to teach its young people that the familiar abuse and persecution of people of African and Asian origins by Europeans was launched as an act of evil by Pope Nicholas 5th, and which was acted upon for centuries by colonial nations from Europe. And despite the recent passing of laws against racial discrimination change in behaviour by employers, in institutions, and service providers is very slow because of poor enforcement by governments. Consequently, white individuals remain free to indulge their ingrained habit of discriminating and obstructing the development and progress of people of African or Asian descent.

The modern Black community (or MBC) needs to teach its young people that they are fully capable of developing their God given potential to do whatever they desire to live meaningful, happy and rewarding lives. They need to be taught from an early age to reject messages from anyone – white or Black, family member or stranger – who tells them that they are less than other people because of their skin colour or ethnicity.

That notion has never been true, and it will never be true. Why? In the 21st century scientists have mapped the genetic code of human beings and have shown that people of all ethnicities have the same genetic make-up.

Consequently, parents in the MBC need to invest in their young people from birth. They need to nurture and prepare them to live and succeed in our qualification society. That requires all parents and carers to encourage young children to fall in love with reading through bedtime stories; and fall in love with numbers by memorising their times tables.

Parents need to speak with their children about things they have read and what happens in society as that will help them to learn how to think critically about a wide range of matters. And our young people need to regularly look things up on the Internet in order to increase their general knowledge.

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” This was said by general Maximus, in the film Gladiator, just before the Roman army attacked a local tribe in Germania. What Pope Nicholas 5th did in 1452 has echoed across the world for roughly 570 years.

In the 21st century we have an opportunity to dissipate the echo of the evil released into the world (in the 15th century) by what we choose to say to our young people to inoculate them from the trauma of systemic racism, strengthen their resilience, and develop their potential to shape their future.

In Reach Society we believe that the leaders in our modern Black community need to make this inoculation process our top priority; and in so doing we shall ensure that what we do will also “echo in eternity!”.

Dr Dwain Neil OBE, Reach Society, Chairman (September 2020) & Dr Donald Palmer, Reach Society, Networking Programme Director

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So why is this happening? It is our belief that Europeans have been encouraged to be morally monstrous to non-Europeans for so long, this behaviour has become second nature.

This comment is deplorable and should not have been written. It is pure racist towards white Europeans who have never been racist or brought up racist. Im shocked this comment is actually allowed on your BLM site. You have lost a supporter. I cannot fathom the thought behind this message. I will support the cause but not BLM the organisation. You have turned racist in my eyes and many many others think the same. Your message is quietly being pushed underground because of racist comments and racist members of staff in your organisation. Wake up and change

Dear Dr Neil,
A very insightful and thoughtful piece.
Certain words are very strong and indeed going to generate views and disagreements and could have been avoided such as the one quoted by Mr Al Fayed. What I also believe is that this “morally monstrous” behaviour is so engraved in our society that it is quite evident in non Europeans countries in the form of caste , creed , religious superiority and again the skin colour based discriminations which still exists where I originally come from ( India). It would be very useful to know if human behaviour what we see now is an unconscious bias and in many instances “an open display ” of the “morally monstrous” behaviour carried out centuries ago being embedded within us. Perhaps your article needs to be shared across for wider views.
It would be useful to realign the wordings so that you don’t lose the credibility of your article.

You can’t be racist towards White Europeans because they are the group in the position of power.

When one analyses the school curriculum of most schools over many decades in the UK, and I dare say abroad in Europe, one will find it hard to find consistently positive images of black people and the contribution they have made to medicine, mathematics, physics, classical music and many other areas of education and the arts/culture. The evidence does exist but the ruling classes, over many years, have chosen to downplay these contributions.

Is the systemic downplaying of the contributions of black people caused by unconscious bias, an oversight or just overt racism. Clearly it’s racism and clearly it has been going on for many years and since the ‘majority’ (i.e. of white people) have done nothing to significantly change this situation in hundreds of years, one can infer that it benefits the majority. Moreover, knowing someone is wrong (i.e. racism) and doing nothing about it makes one a facilitator of racism. This is evidently what most Europeans have been doing.

People don’t like to hear the truth and one example is Mr Fayed with his comment above.

To be ignorant of the fact that this form of racism has happened, and is STILL happening just goes to show the lack of understanding, and the failure to understand what is actually going on in the current world.

We HAVE woken up and changed and that is now why the people who are systematic racists are afraid …

Every slave that was shipped to Africa was taken to the coasts by an African or Arab slave trader. History is complex.

Theo Hopkins that’s the typical biased racist response. Actually that was to detract from the atrocities of the enslavers. It’s like a fight or flight response” if you don’t we will take you and your family instead” so some succumbed to this I suspect you would fall into this category of person judging by your comment. Trickery deception and weapons is why slavery happened if you study history you will learn that black Africans including Kemet, Sumer and Canaan were a highly evolved people whi founded civilisation. Ask the Greeks who will verify this amongst many other sources and scientific evidence. The European or white skin did not arive on the scene until about 3000 B.C.E again provable. This is about black history and empowerment not for racist and ignorant ideologies to be expressed.

Fayed, The reason we can generalise about white people or even blacks in the West is because they are ignorant of the truth as are you. It is this ignorance that allows the small minority of animal thinking people who run the World to continue their rule and divide class system of oppression. It is only when the people of the West who have the ability to make change against these oppressors take a stand as a unity irrespective of colour and bring down this oppressive sociopath ruling elite that things can change. I do agree with you on one thing and that is that BLM organisation I am not in support of as I believe it is a state sponsered organisation although I do support black lives mattering.

its definitely a wonderful article that prostrates the truth about our society, It has been obvious that decades before now that the westerns have always attempted and succeeded in racial injustice, even the period of slave trade there have always been this brutality and slave wise force as you all claim it is called, we all know Russia, Belarus, Czech republic, Italy, Slovakia, and Ukraine has always neglected the fact that we African’s are humans who have a life to live in any given society, I have experienced in reference to companions, friends and family who have been of such racial inequality all taking place in the afore mentioned countries mostly verbally and sometimes physically. Racism is definitely global and it should be tackled seriously but let us be honest that The Europeans emphasized on it and made it a decade trending article.

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