The European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday addressing “structural racism” in Europe against Europeans of African descent. The resolution calls for “reparations for crimes against humanity during European colonialism.”
The document was written by the British Labour MEP Claude Moraes and was inspired by the racist behavior allegedly experienced by Italian socialist MEP Cécile Kyenge, who served as Italy’s first black government minister, according to The Guardian. The resolution was approved with 535 in favor, and 80 against with 44 abstentions.
The resolution urges member states of the EU to form and execute anti-racism strategies within their home nations, specifically focusing on “the fields of education, housing, health, criminal justice, political participation and migration,” according to the European Parliament website. It also seeks to address “racial profiling in criminal law and counter-terrorism.”
The resolution also clearly endorses action regarding reparations made to Afro-Europeans for “crimes against humanity during European colonialism.
The European Parliament’s press release about the resolution reads, “Additionally, people of African descent should be taken into account more in current funding programmes and in the next multiannual financial framework (2021-2027).”
The resolution encourages EU institutions and member states to address and rectify past injustices and crimes against humanity, perpetrated in the name of European colonialism. These historic crimes still have present day negative consequences for people of African descent, MEPs claim.
MEPs suggest carrying out reparations, such as apologising publicly and return stolen artefacts to their countries of origin.”
The European Parliament also calls for nations to declassify their colonial archives and to provide a “comprehensive perspective on colonialism and slavery” in academic curricula.
Sandra is Portuguese, she took the tour a few days ago. A week later she was back with her son because she wanted him to hear and understand the “other history” of Portugal regarding its slavery and colonial past.
Paula was 2 y.o when she moved to Portugal and most of what was shared was new for her as it is not properly taught.
Sandra and his son are white Portuguese and Paula a black Portuguese. All came for a reason: To know their history because it is important, it is a common heritage.
Ana & Asmus are Germans and wanted to know about the African history of Portugal because they find history important for everyone. Germany for long time hide its slavery and colonial history and some germans believe their country did not take part of the scramble for Africa.
Monica & Sharde are Americans interested in Black history everywhere they travel to. In a lot of countries history is wrongly told. So it is time to make the difference.
Together by a good weather we share wonderful moments in the streets of Lisbon travelling in the time and in a relaxing way.
10 Dec 1836 could remain as one of the important dates in the life of thousands of slaves taken from their lands and brought to Portugal. A decret has been signed by Sa Da Bandeira, the new Home Affair Minister just 3 months after his arrival.
A hope for these people who had been deshumanized and humiliated to finally enjoy life and enjoy their freedom.
Did this decret change anything for them?
10 Dec 2016: 180 years later, what do the new generation know about this date?
It is always the same pleasure to share the African Lisbon stories in our tour.
This time we have the pleasure to welcome Lora Shumkova AKA Dj Kizombie from Bulgaria.
Kizomba – Lisbon, one passion, one connection, one step and Dj Kizombie takes advantage
of her holidays in Lisbon to spend this sunny day with us and sharing also about her
experience as a DJ woman of Kizomba.
These moments are ALWAYS precious and we LOVE it.
Come to join us, we’ll be happy to welcome us !
History needs to be known, history needs to be shared, History needs to be taught because
history is the cement of every society. The more you know about your history, the better you
understand yourself, your culture and your living environment.
The mission of the African Lisbon Tour is very simple: unveiling the secret that European
societies still try to hide at all costs to our generation and to the next generations.
The African Lisbon Tour continues to attract people who want to share their opinions about
history. No matter the weather and the circumstances, the desire to know is stronger than
staying under the duvet, watching a movie or eating some popcorns.
With your raincoat or your umbrella, get out and join the tour as these ladies did.
From left to right:
Michele, Belinda, Chonteau, Shameika, Shenita, Michelle and Angela.