8 Stages Of Genocide
In this paper I want to define both evil and genocide, and determine whether or not the act of genocide is an evil act. I will first define evil, and give some characteristics of evil acts. I will then give a brief history of the man who coined the term genocide, and his fight to make acts of genocide illegal worldwide. I will then give several other scholar 's definitions of genocide, along with various characteristics. I will conclude my paper by determining whethor or not the definitions and characteristics possess the characteristics of evil acts.
What is evil? Evil is a form of wrongdoing that violates a moral standard. Moral standards place constraints on us and our behavior, giving reasons for acting or not acting …show more content…
This list helps point out how to identify genocide, alog with giving possible solutions to each. These stages include: classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial. He says classification deals with characteristics that separate one group from all others. These are often identifying characteristics such as race or ethnicity. Classification plays a large part in determining who the target of genocide is. The second stage is symbolization, which applys a symbol to the group. The group is given a name and some outer identifier, that makes members easy to differentiate. According to Stanton, the first two stages are "universally human and do not necessarily result in genocide unless they lead to the next stage, dehumanization". The third stage as previously mentioned, is dehumanization. This involves denying the group their humanity, turning them into things rather than people. This is apparent in Lemkins Professor 's statement about Taalat and the Armenians, where he compares the Armenians to chickens. Propaganda starts to show up in this stage, and the targeted group is vilified. If the majority of the population is in agreement, then dehumanization becomes easier. The fourth stage is organization, and is always present in cases of genocide.often genocide if organized by the state, but it is often done in a way that states involvement is hidden. Outside forces are used to hide the state 's involvement The plans for extermination are drawn up in this stage. The fifth stage is polarization. the perpetrators drive the groups apart, and try to eliminate moderates. Moderates are a target because they possess the power to stop the separation. There is power in numbers, and to have a strong force against the group, they must have the majority on their side. Stage six is