The Debate Over Europe’s Stolen African Art | The Daily Show


Sometimes we spend so much covering America’s history
of racial injustice, we forget where it all began: Europe, the O.G. of racism. Yeah, if America is Jacquees, Europe is the real king of R&B. White people, ask your black
friend what that joke means. They’ll explain it to you. And right now in Europe when they’re not
flipping cars over and setting them on fire,
they’re having a major debate about what to do
with all the art that they borrowed permanently
by force from Africa. And according to
the president of France, it should all be returned. President Emmanuel Macron
argues it’s unacceptable that around 90%
of Africa’s artistic heritage is outside Africa and says French law
should be changed to make restitution possible. Speaking in Burkina Faso,
he said it was wrong for only Europeans and Americans
to have access to African art. In five years
he wanted to start the process of temporary
or definitive restitution. (speaking French) Yeah. That’s pretty amazing.
I think that’s pretty amazing, and it’s very nice
of the French president. -(cheering and applause)
-Although… although it is gonna be weird when Africa gets
all the sculptures back and the Africans are like,
“Wait a second. “Why do these sculptures smell
like cigarettes and threesomes? Eh? What’s going on here?” Although, honestly,
I do think if after profiting off of all of this art
for all these years they’re just gonna give it back,
I don’t think that’s enough. I think France should
give the art back with interest. Yeah. They should. (cheering and applause) I think Africa
should choose some European art. They should be like,
“Okay, thank you “for giving us our art back. “We’ll also take
that creepy white lady and the guy
with the tiny penis, eh?” (laughter) But it’s… Kudos.
Kudos to Macron. He’s doing something. And unfortunately,
not everyone in Europe is as remorseful as Macron. In fact, some Europeans
in the art world believe that they did Africa a favor
by stealing our shit. “It was meant to disappear? It was meant to disappear?” That is some next-level shade. This asshole is saying that when
Africans made stuff like this, they didn’t know
that they were making art. So if this wasn’t art, what did Africans think
they were making? The world’s
most uncomfortable butt plug? What were they making? And here’s another thing.
Whether it was art or a table or a piece of trash,
it still belongs to Africa. I mean,
Europe wouldn’t stand for it if the situation was reversed. Africa couldn’t get away with
taking anything from Europe, even if it was something
they didn’t want, like Greece. I mean, yeah, sure, it doesn’t work,
and it smells like feta cheese, but it still belongs in Europe,
and they would want it back. Oh, oh, and then you have
the Europeans who say they wish they could return
the art to Africa, they really do,
but they just don’t think Africa’s ready
for that kind of responsibility. Western museums have often
resisted repatriating art, arguing that they
can take better care of it. Returning the object
is possibly a good point. Entering into dialogue
is the best thing that we do. But who are we gonna return
the objects to? It’s one of these things that
looks like morally, on its face, give it back to who it belongs. Well, who does it belong to? It hasn’t been in that country
for over 100 years. And, you know, look,
France built the whole Musée quai Branly
to respect these objects, to preserve them, to show them. Yeah. Yeah, what…
How is Africa…? You know, this is
some sneaky-ass logic, if you think about it, ’cause
their argument is basically, “You Africans
cannot protect your art. “We know that because
we stole it from you, eh? We took it all.” But seriously, though,
how dare Europe imply that Africa can’t protect
its own art. You want to talk security?
You guys have a bunch of sleepy museum cops
guarding your art. We got lions, bitch, okay? We got lions, and those lions
will guard that sculpture better than anybody could–
Aw, shit. Bad Simba! Simba, come on. You’re holding us back, man. Now, look, uh, it is true Africa’s museums might not be
as modern as Europe’s. But if you’re that concerned
about it, how about just making
the museums in Africa better? Take a tiny piece
of that sweet colonialism money and build a museum in Africa that you feel confident in,
yeah? -(cheering and applause)
-Why not? We’re not too proud
to take your money. In fact,
you can Venmo it to me directly. I will– I will pass it along.
I promise. But maybe the most insulting
solution to this debate is the one
that Belgium has decided on. The former Royal Museum
of Central Africa in Belgium is reopening
amid a storm of controversy. The newly named Africa Museum chronicles the colonial era
of the Belgian Congo. It holds one of
the world’s largest collection of African art. REPORTER:
The museum has chosen to retain the original presentation
of exhibits but explain
their historical context. Oh, that’s really interesting. So, in Belgium, instead of giving the art back, they’re gonna keep all of it and then just tell
museum visitors that all of the art is stolen. Which is really nice,
because, by providing context, they’re gonna– Get the (bleep)
out of here, man! How is that supposed
to make us feel better? What is that bullshit?
“Yeah, we’re not gonna give you your shit back. We’re just gonna
tell the people that it was–” You know what I’m gonna do? I’m
gonna book a ticket to Belgium. That’s what I’m gonna do.
I’m gonna go there, and I’m gonna steal
all their waffles and berets or whatever the (bleep)
they got over there. And then they’re gonna be like,
“We are Belgium, and we want our waffle back.” And I’ll be like,
“Actually, Belgium, “I’m gonna keep this waffle. But I’ll tell everyone
it was yours.”

100 comments

  • oso polar

    is call colonization..take you culture, take your land,take your people……

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  • Deborrah Morgan

    BS !!!😡

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  • Tony west bound Massey

    These white folks know man we all r special people we all brown people r from Africa just different people every thing on this earth belongs to us wil get it back in do time white people r have no culture only eating bloody meets cause yall comes from a cav yall r the real beast we should be walking yall on chains cause yall r the real animals facts

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  • Chris And

    This guys is always talking about race…

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  • Hoda Haddad

    And usa have thousand of ancient inscriptions of Persepolis belongs to iran/persia which after 50 years still in chicago university so Take them all back , mamnoon

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  • Kamikaze TeddyBear123

    It’s good that the French president decided to bring back the history, culture and art back to Africa because its their culture and it’s their history.

    Same thing to Asia, when the British power took over both India and China, they tried to smuggle, buy and even steal the art made from them.

    So, giving back their art, history and culture is a good way to show that they care.

    But the other artist as shown in the video who they say they speak for art, they don’t. they speak for their own greedy and stupid ideals. I’m an artist and I don’t believe that taking someone’s art means they are respecting it, stealing is stealing man, they gotta give it back bro.

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  • YugotSwaqedd

    More thievery and whitewashed, whited out lies. Lies are being uncovered in sooooo many areas.

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  • Sunnye Daize

    Europe would go bankrupt if they returned everything they've stolen.

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  • Jamal Timmerman

    What about them Golden artifacts they stole from the Amerindians

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  • jesse fellows

    Bunch of Thieves

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  • BMo

    This is the problem with the west, everything they claim they invented were all lies, stolen and whited out with their images, including math, science, astronomy, personal hygiene, educational institution, medicine etc etc, already existed in Africa, they came around with friendly smile that they wanted to learn how it was done and basically run away with it. These people are criminals. As every one can tell they never have much to put their names on it. Maybe they should send all those African Art to the African American meseum in Washington DC

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  • Darryl Jackson

    The arrogance of white people never ceases to amaze me! And many black people think we may get reparations for slavery…..lol

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  • Serina Smith

    They just sold King tut sculpture from Tiffany London!!! Thieves

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  • Righteous 101

    RETURN the art post haste. PLUS, pay for the use of the art for all this time you had it and benefited from it. That payment could come in the form of building art museums around Africa that is worthy of housing the art. You dawg smelling Neanderthals need to stop defending your right to steal.

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  • 7Eightyone

    Europeans: the art has been gone for 100 years. Who would we return it to?

    Americans: we didn't pay our reparations debt when we should have so who would we give it to?

    Translation: WP think that if they wait long enough their misdeeds will disappear, no debts owed and stolen items need not be returned.

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  • verk one

    Esau / white folk is thief everything they have is STOLEN

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  • verk one

    So called white folk/ red Dragons cant help themselves they have rape robbed and murdered stolen for 500 + death to Esau

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  • Youth's Uplifter

    They have been stolen us since they found Africa on the earth white people's are the most criminal human being I have ever learn in my life 😏😣

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  • BOONIQUE

    What about all of our relatives that were tortured, humiliated, exploited, and murdered?

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  • patrick gabriel

    Imagine the artifacts that are in the Vatican!!!

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  • loverof666

    Firts of all Macron is idiot, second all that art was covered way more that enough by humanitarian aid.

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  • Lil' Donkey

    Can we please stop blaming the entire continent Europe for the terrible colonial period? I mean only France and England really did a lot of bad things to the world, Scandinavian, Eastern-European and Balkan' countries have only minded their own business throughout history… Also, Macron gives Africa its art back, those little dicks who say that Africa is 'not ready for this art' should be ignored, France is a democracy overall so most of the 66.000.000 French people have the best intentions for Africa. – R

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  • fiamma valli

    Macron is exploiting 14 or 19 countries with the French African franc, best wishes with the art, idiots!

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  • fiamma valli

    I am Italian, Probably we have something African, we can return with no problems, for sure, wi won’t miss it!!Ahha ahha ahhahha!

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  • Randy Louis

    White people has no history

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  • Natalie Okioga

    When will they return the heads they chopped off of our freedom fighters? Belgium's king Leopold killed millions of congolese people even chopping off their hands even of children. I think they still have those hands in those museums. Colonisers will never repent but will be proud of their crimes against humanity while pointing fingers at others. Whose descendants are these? Is their civilization a curse to the world? Think about it.

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  • Jay Luminous

    😁

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  • DEVINECLUB

    They are making money of showing these art in their museum. If Africa had George Washington's booger rag or his false teeth on display in an African museum…It would be considered an act of war if it wasn't returned…Think about that for a minute!! Every Black person should take this seriously!!

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  • ethlomar

    Sounds about whyte!

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  • amazing touch

    Bring them back, I think first guy is the owner of the tiny penis or his father, when France stop collecting 80% of Africans revenue, and Belgium paying all the Congo's

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  • Lost Solace

    They not doing it to china. They are AFRAID of china. PUNK ASS BASTARDS. China loans there shit to them. Makes them pay.

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  • Epic Rants

    I actually agree, the art serves no purpose other than making us feel superior in terms of creativity and craftsmanship, they have it back if they want, I don't even understand why were upholding a more primitive cultures "art"

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  • elgrigorio1

    Trevor Noah, you ain't funny.

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  • Willa Lareche

    It’s really sad when you realize the entire world has literally aided and abetted in kidnapping, murder, making money off the backs of African people all because they were black….all over the world! That’s what connects every black person on every continent. Imagine if we all decided to take it all back. And reflectively all we ever want is to be equal and respected. In that analysis alone, you can really see what evil looks like. Smh and not much has changed over the last few centuries. 😒

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  • Clark Jones

    Your the best man.

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  • California Cowboy

    Lol these white People are turning their back on their ancestors 😂. All the racist acts they put into place are falling apart day after day 😂.

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  • HOME-Boie W

    Black People… This is for YOU.
    Come together as WE Can.
    Teach OUR Children who the Oppressors are.
    Listen to our Elders, the knowledge of our history in these UN-united states are within THEM.
    Time is NOT on our side.
    The forces of darkness is upon us NOW.
    Pay Attention, LOOK, don't just see, HEAR, don't just listen,
    FEAR NO MAN!
    YOU walk with a Force that is UNSEEN BUT FELT and RECOGNIZED.
    This is why you are constantly being hunted and killed.
    YOU ARE IN DANGER…
    DON'T Sell yourself for what's behind door number (1)…
    OR Phoney cash and Worthless prizes.

    The others know the Secret.
    YOU ARE THE GODS…

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  • Thomas Duffey

    Send it back.

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  • Rocco rwaco

    Am from Africa. We can not keep that art with our current breed of politicians. It will end up in their mansions. Keep it there for now

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  • N B

    "Survival of the fittest only the strongest survive."

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  • ScapeG0at

    This type of propaganda unfortunately will further divide us. The idea that modern day Europeans or any group for that matter should have to pay for the crimes of those who are dead is not just immoral but illogical. We wouldn’t support a justice system that punished sons for the crimes of their fathers. If they want to art. They can have the art. But Egyptian art belongs to the Egyptians and the art that belongs to sub Saharan Africans belongs to sub Saharan Africans. Since those two groups are very differently ethnically. The problem I have with “returning” stolen property or land for that matter are the defined parameters. Every race and ethnic group at some point or another has some something heinous to another group. Also how far back do we give reparations? 1000 years? 10000 years? Even the natives who came from the Bering straight were not truly native to the americas. There were other populations here beforehand.
    Is every race held accountable or is it only whites? If it is only whites who are targeted with forced guilt and “payment”.
    Then this indeed is racist in itself.
    The parameters would be impossible to decide and furthermore who would decide them? Who should have that kind of authority?
    Also I did a bit of digging on Mr. Noah.
    I d like for those who ideologically align themselves with him to understand that you are being fed propaganda to pit us against one another.
    Furthermore this propaganda is often funded and peddled by a certain ruthless, powerful, clique in America today. Go to his Wikipedia page and have a read yourself on his heritage and upbringing. He is one of them… divide and conquer is their modus operandi. Unfortunately for them… good people are waking up of every race. Those who don’t have hatred in their hearts for our fellow Americans. Their days are numbered and our patience has its limits.

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  • Veronica Luccas

    Always have an excuse for stealing

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  • Momodou Dem

    return our arts the one in benin empire a still there. return our arts you thieves.

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  • Vincent Snickers

    Europe.. the place where racism started.. yes right.. like if there was no slavery among native american, among asian, in africa 6000 thousands years ago during the pharaons and after with the muslim who sold millions of slaves with the help of the african kings.. he hates white so much.. I agree that the work of art must be given back but why does he always have to compare all white people with the devil.. when you read the comments, you can see how much hate there is for the white race.. he is calling for hate and he is far to be intellectually honest in his speech..

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  • denkendannhandeln

    Wow, reading your comments makes me as an European realise, just how much, how deeply and how intense Africans hate us and detest all white people. You are really dangerous to us. Yes our ancestors did commit crimes, but they are long gone and dead. But you would not hesitate to kill off all of us white people living today, if you just technically could. We took your art, ok, but gave you anti-biotic, modern medicine, vaccinations, operation techniques, anesthetiser, electricity, mobile phones, the internet and so on. White inventions saved much more African lives in the past 100 years, than we ever enslaved or killed in colonial wars. But do you ever, ever hear or read of any tiny little piece of gratitude from Africans? Never, just constant white bashing. We Europeans are fed up. It is vital for our own survival to close all borders, repatriate immigrants, take out all our investments from Africa, not doing any kind of business with Africa at all, not importing their products and not delivering any of our products to them. You want a car, a TV, modern drugs to save the life of your child? The build it yourself, invent it yourself. Leave us alone, please. Then perhaps one day you will realise, that all the “wealth” you have in minerals, iron, gold, diamond etc is nothing more than dirt, as long as you have no brain behind it, who is for example able to cast and build something so beautiful as the Eiffel Tower. You had all this wealth for the last 5000 years, you were sitting on it all this time and yet you did nothing productive with it. Please, please remain in Africa, stay in India, and enjoy all your precious art for yourself. I would pack it all up and send it back to you tomorrow. We prefer remaining without your art, we do not need it, we don’t even like it. We have created our own art and will enjoy this one, as well as we will enjoy all our present and future inventions for ourselves. Alone, without sharing it with the same people who hate us and want us dead.

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  • T T

    "Wakanda forever"!!!

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  • 50043211

    Vae victis, just be glad that times are changing Trevor!

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  • Adheena Peter

    Same with our kohinoor and peacock throne …..

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  • Mureithi Riitho

    As a sign of remorse , Macron could donate his fossil spouse ….

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  • Darth Nox

    Fucking europeans they should all suffer for twhat they are doing

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  • Aziz Noor

    I blame the west Africans. Y'all should have been more stronger with us. If there's no enemy within no enemy can do us no harm.

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  • bert fromarketin

    Way to steal everything Europe

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  • Visable Thought

    Why do we have Statutes of Limitation laws to follow yet powerful people and countries don't have to follow them, huh…..

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  • Bruce Wayne

    Forget the art, Algeria needs to claim back the Eiffel Tower

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  • Greeder

    Anything can be art

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  • Joey Bulford

    Egypt was OG racism. The Jews are still owed reparations for building those pyramids.

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  • zac20zg

    I just love these South Africa man.
    And he tell truth
    We should get rid all off African culture from Europe
    Literally everything.
    Personally I really don’t believe black culture belong to europe ,america
    Take your culture and your self
    And build your own civilization
    Go back to wakandaaaa and enjoy
    Your beautiful culture

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  • Erren Henderson jr

    true story

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  • Viktor Olson

    Well if art changes then why would Africa care for it

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  • g. kiss

    And the African Culture of the ARTS IS GETTING IT BACK ! ! ! Damn the BULL SHIT ! we will flight your Asses 😡👊😤…✊

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  • احمد عماد

    But we all know they will never give back the Egyptian artifacts because they actually cast something

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  • cinnamonlana

    The same with Latin America, almost everything that we had before the colonisation is now in Europe (and not just the art)

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  • Daniel Heita

    It was meant to disappear..😂😂

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  • Ekaterina S

    Were all European countries like this?
    I don’t think so!

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  • Nithin Pavithran

    They stole kohinoor from india too

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  • Peace Prevails

    Not just Africa , also many priceless artefacts from India.

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  • Beautiful and Motivated

    Yep! Give that art back with cash 💰!

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  • A D

    In all seriousness, some countries are so corrupt and politically unstable these objects are not safe there. And I understand the guy's point if view, these objects were just unvaluable objects in Africa they were never considered art. But the European by importing them exposing them and telling the history behind these objects attributed value to them.

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  • Frank Wilkinson

    If they don't wanna give it back then Pay for it!

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  • SuperSimpleasthat

    Africans dosnt even understand art. I think Europe should Keep it

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  • Jérôme Chauvet

    Taking from Africa shamelessly made us rich… What do you think the word Afrique means for French? Aaaaaaafrica, le fric, c'est chic. Think about it.

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  • PanGemno

    Germany didn't return thing they stole from Poland during WW2 saying that they've already sold that…

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  • Thati-Spice

    I say this… Brits, please return the crown jewels to SA. Dankie

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  • S Boloshis

    British guy hosting an American show says they stole “our shit” like being black means he is African. No dude your an sjw shill and they can’t protect it. “We got lions” no Africa has lions you have a lame tie.

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  • S Boloshis

    Stolen, we launched campaigns to dig this stuff up and return it. If it wasn’t for the old archeologists none of this would be around and would be smashed like the faces of all the statues in Muslim Egypt.

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  • francois williams

    South Africa has many great museums…

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  • Jeff Fry

    If they handed the art back to africa it would not be preserved

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  • Devon Bleck

    👏👏👏👏👏

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  • Griffith Guts

    Daaaaaaaamn Trevor :/

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  • Sarah20048

    He understood it completely wrong. There is no Security for conserving the art (temperature, humidity, sand,…). That was the missing security.
    And the question to whom you should give it Back isn't answered here.
    Yes, Europe should give the art back, but as one of the men said, it will take time, to do it right.
    For expample Europe could install some modern art preserving systems in african museums.
    There are countries saying, that they don't want their Art Back, cause they couldn't afford taking care of it. It's not just Europe. Keep that in mind.

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  • Vincent17 cb

    The British museum and the Louvre sould give back the Greek artifacts they stole. Shame on them!

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  • calatan0

    Im gonna give em all props..mad respect for not destroying the art.
    They actually preserved the art..cool

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  • calatan0

    …They fell in love with the art, thats kinda touching, you cant be too mad.

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  • Miguel Lopes

    Honestly the Uk has priority over greece on the EU's get rid of list

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  • Faith Alone KJV

    Europe knows they have African leaders in their pockets and Africa is still colonized via “indirect lordship”.

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  • Martin Pierce

    White people: we can take care of these art better! They are not ready for it. Blah blah blah…. yada yada yada…. BULLSHIT!!!

    Vestige of white man's "burden" mentality & speriority complex!

    DISGUSTING!!

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  • Tas

    "we got lions bitch" 😂😂😂

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  • Aakash Khamaru

    The only problem that I find with this whole idea is that the current owners of those artworks will have to be paid as well. Who's gonna pay for them? The government?

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  • CorporateRaider97

    One might say that Europe has sleepy mall guards because they don't have the kind of robberies that take place in Europe
    Btw, no racism intended

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  • Queen Queen

    What about all the wealth the forcefully borrowed from India..??

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  • Abdul Aziem

    Not only african arts, some of our malay cultures too were taken by french

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  • Enter

    Africa owes Europe for confiscating their belongings which would otherwise end up in the wrong hands.

    Thank us instead.

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  • Hollis Bush

    Did you know Abraham Lincoln got shot because his next act was to send Africans back to Africa that’s a real trip let’s me know their is still some hope in white people.

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  • eartianfizz

    I hope we give the art back one day.

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  • The Jabbering Joker

    England still has kohinoor

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  • Girl with flaws

    When will Britain return Indian art

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  • HolographicSweater

    most of it was just legally bought right?

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  • Troy Bradley

    Fkn White Peoples 🙄

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  • Gio

    Seriously though, give it back.

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