Pan Africanism : Pygmy commited suicide trying to get back to Africa (vid incl)

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  1. dustyelbow

    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Journalistic persuasion is all in the title. He did not call Lynchburg home.

    March 29, 2006
    Conference sparks new interest in life of African pygmy who called Lynchburg home

    Ota Benga Video

    The only known photo of Ota Benga, now in the collection of the Missouri Historical Society.



    His wide smile belied the truth of a life filled with inhumane treatment. Ota Benga was an African pygmy brought to America as an exhibit for the 1904 World's Fair. For years after, he was displayed as an example of how man evolved from the apes, even spending time in the chimpanzee cage at the Bronx Zoo. On the only known photograph of Ota Benga, someone inaccurately wrote that he was a cannibal. Ota Benga moved to Lynchburg in 1910 and studied at the Virginia Seminary. Despondent because he couldn't afford to return home to Africa, he killed himself in March, 1916. Records show that Ota Benga was buried in the Old City Cemetery, but there is anecdotal evidence that he was later moved here to White Rock Cemetery, to a site that was marked by four metal posts with a pipe in the middle. At some point Laura Munson and the others would like to exhume the body that's buried here, and let a DNA test settle the question. Munson says it's about honor and respect. "He wanted his remains to be back in the Congo and I think that's important," she told News Seven.

    Organizers are sponsoring a conference for residents to learn more about Ota Benga and the plight of present-day pygmies as well. "We ask what have we done to them," said African scholar W. S. Dibinga, "and what can we do, not to change them, but to learn from them." The conference runs through Saturday.
     
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    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Video fixed now.
     
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    great post,I have felt the same way,except my search for home may start in the past.
     
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    yea i seen this on the news..
    lynchburg,va yall... its not named that for nothin.
    THem folk still hate blk folk up derr..
    n dat old white lady actin like she is concerned. shoot....
    any blk person that goes to lynchburg and adapts is a hero!:hammer:
     
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    I only saw the visual (no speakers). Why did they dig up a century old story of a lil' African man in a city called "Lynchburg"? *sighs*...... I surrender. His soul can't be in peace there:(
     
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    it was his dying wish to return to the congo.. he hoped that when he took his life theyd bury his body in the congo. they want to honor his dying wish.
     
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    Ota Benga in 1904​


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ota_Benga
    Ota Benga (circa 1883[1] – March 20, 1916) was a Congolese Mbuti pygmy known for being featured in a controversial human zoo exhibit at New York City's Bronx Zoo in 1906. Benga came to the United States through the action of businessman and missionary Samuel Phillips Verner. Under contract from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Verner negotiated Benga's release from slave traders in 1904. He had been captured by slavers after the Force Publique attacked his village, killing his wife and two children. Benga was featured in an anthropology display at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition later in 1904. After he had nearly two years of travel, including a return trip to Africa, Benga was later to be caged at the Bronx Zoo where he came to be "exhibited" in the zoo's Monkey House as part of a display intended to promote the concepts of human evolution and scientific racism.
    The St. Louis Republic newspaper reported on the exhibit on March 6, 1904 stating that "[he] represented the lowest form of human development." Newspapers wrote sensationalized articles in order to attract zoo goers to the "exhibit". On May 5, the Republic reported that a leader of the expedition narrowly escaped being eaten alive by cannibals.[2] Ota Benga was encouraged to carry an orangutan around the cage like a father holding a small child. "Benga", one newspaper reporter wrote, "was not much taller than the orangutan...Their heads are much alike, and both grin the same way when pleased."[3] African American newspapers around the nation editorialized against Benga's treatment. Dr. R.S. MacArthur, the spokesperson for a delegation of black churches petitioned the mayor for his release. The mayor initially ignored the protest then eventually released Benga from the cage and made him a ward at the Howard Colored Orphan Asylum in Brooklyn. After learning that he would not be repatriated as promised, he committed suicide in 1916 at the age of 32.[4]....

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    Benga (second from left) and the Batwa in St. Louis​
     
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    SMH...That's so sad ARGH!!!!:mad:
     
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    It runs too fast but an okay video.
     
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    Even now they are treated like **** in their own country by fellow Africans. They've been forced out of the rain forest so as to better protect gorillas. At the same time poachers are killing the gorillas right under the guards nose. They should be working with the pygmies instead of evicting them from their forest. Even more outrageous, when they catch a poacher they are given light fines rather than executing him for plundering Africa's natural treasures.

    They could have built nice elve-like houses among the trees and in the trees for the pygmies as a tourist attraction instead they are slowly killing them. Sometimes we are our worst enemies.
     
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