The letter is filled with Romance and Yearning.
Here we go:
First: Gone With the Wind. All the romance, all the yearning. Clark Gable at his best. See also for: problematic representations of black people
But of course no discussion of Romance and Longing would be complete without Casablanca.
WHITE MAN: There are trees of course, and those with the best shade are hotly contested for.
Acacia erioloba, known as Giraffe Thorn or as Camel Thorn (a mistranslation from the Afrikaans name “Kameeldoring”, meaning Giraffe Thorn), grows in western Namibia. It is a slow-growing tree, and doesn’t need much water.
This seems most likely to be the type of tree to which White Man is referring.
Aloe Dichotoma, known as the Quiver Tree or Kokerboom, is characteristic of the very hot and dry parts of Namibia. It is actually not a tree, but a species of aloe.
Adansonia digitata, commonly known as Baobab trees or “upside-down trees,” frequently live for between 1,000 – 3,000 years.
Also, some crazy, scorched trees in the Namib desert:
Read about the Scorched Tree Skeletons of the Namib Desert here. More photos here.
For letter-rapping reference:
In his article The Great General of the Kaiser, Jan-Bart Gewald also quotes from journals of German soldiers carrying out the orders of von Trotha in Namibia.
Here is an excerpt from the journal of Major Ludwig von Estorff:
“Cattle which had died of thirst lay scattered around the wells. These cattle had reached the wells but there had not been enough time to water them. The Herero fled ahead of us into the Sandveld. Again and again this terrible scène kept repeating itself. With feverish energy the men had worked at opening the wells, however the water became ever sparser, and wells evermore rare. They fled from one well to the next and lost virtually all their cattle and a large number of their people. The people shrunk into small remnants who contmually feil into our hands [unsere Gewalt kamen], sections of the people escaped now and later through the Sandveld into English territory [Present-day Botswana]. It was a policy which was equaly gruesome as senseless, to hammer the people so much, we could have still saved many of them and their rich Herds, if we had pardoned and taken them up again, they had been punished enough. l suggested this to General von Trotha but he wanted their total extermination” (Estorff 1979: 116 – 117)
Here, another soldier, Major Stuhlman, describes seeing a wounded Herero child next to his cannon:
“…the little worm had flung his arm around the wheel of the cannon, which had possibly destroyed his other family members. … we had been explicitly told before hand, that this dealt with the extermination of a whole tribe, nothing living was to be spared…the orders were an extermination war waged on the Herero with no turning back.“
A passive aggressive, fake helpful exchange…Each actor thinks he/she is being the bigger person by helping the other, who is a total idiot. Everyone else should want to climb out a window.
Here’s a dramatic (comedic) representation of how this moment should make people feel: