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> "It was the glorious century of the Enlightenment that saw the beginning of the work on human races, as European scientists entered an era of frenetic classification. Everything had to be classified into categories: plants, rocks, animals and humans. This classifying logic is also at the fundaments of institutions that deal with cultural and scientific heritage, such as museums. Museum collections reflect the encounter between this appetite for classification and the European impulse for extreme accumulation; a conjunction that characterizes Otlet's work very well."[^4]
Otlet's endeavor to catalog and classify, to structure knowledge following a universal taxonomy is an expression of his commitment to the Euro-centric mission of domination and exploitation that continued from the Enlightenment into modernism, and that is still operating today. This worldview is well in tune with the enthusiastic praise he repeatedly expressed for the colonization of Congo[^5], omitting and downplaying the atrocities that were by then already public knowledge. It is also an expression of his interest in remaining loyal to Leopold II, who commissioned the Palais Mondial in 1880. [^6] The royal patronage confirms that Otlet and Leopold shared the project of the Belgian colonial empire.
Otlet's endeavor to catalog and classify, to structure knowledge following a universal taxonomy is an expression of his commitment to the Euro-centric mission of domination and exploitation that continued from the Enlightenment into modernism, and that is still operating today. This worldview is well in tune with the enthusiastic praise he repeatedly expressed for the colonization of Congo[^5], omitting and downplaying the atrocities that were by then already public knowledge. It is also an expression of his interest in remaining loyal to Leopold II, who commissioned the Palais Mondial in 1880.[^6] The royal patronage confirms that Otlet and Leopold shared the project of the Belgian colonial empire.
By omitting to signal these problems, [this publication] fails to account for such views and participates in processes that erase histories and lives of African peoples. Therefore, an insertion was made to remind of Otlet's contribution to colonial thought and practice and the tendency for those not directly affected to look away.
> "The silence around the text L'Afrique Aux Noirs is a manifestation of an enraged preservation of a fantasized heritage, that gives rise to an almost natural desire to make the text disappear with a handwave in order to be able to concentrate on the good, true heritage of Paul Otlet. As if this text was not a part of a whole that must be considered in its entirety in order to uncover the deeply racist and colonial nature of Otlet's person and heritage." [^7]
> "The silence around the text L'Afrique Aux Noirs is a manifestation of an enraged preservation of a fantasized heritage, that gives rise to an almost natural desire to make the text disappear with a handwave in order to be able to concentrate on the good, true heritage of Paul Otlet. As if this text was not a part of a whole that must be considered in its entirety in order to uncover the deeply racist and colonial nature of Otlet's person and heritage."[^7]
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