Thousands fled to churches in the hope of sanctuary, but their Hutu neighbours forced their way in and transformed the churches into killing centres where children’s heads were broken against walls, baptismal fonts were used to collect the blood of those whose throats hand been cut, and where thousands were shot or hacked to death by machetes.
Black Lives Matter, as the name of the movement reacting against this American normality, is most interesting because it precisely names the problem. Neither American nor European society truly believes that the lives of black human beings matter.
European Powers brutalised Africa in a way we can scarcely imagine. Hundreds of thousands of human beings were subjected to the dehumanisation of slavery; being bought and sold like cattle, worked and beaten to death like animals, and raped as though they were sex toys.
In the name of sport Palmer, aided by other barbaric poachers, lured Cecil out of his reserve in order to shoot him with an arrow! An arrow! This great white hunter was such an expert with his He-Man toy that Cecil was not killed, but spent the next forty hours in atrocious pain and running for his life until he was eventually tracked down and shot dead with a rifle.