Genocide Is The Responsibility Of The Entire World Essay

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“Genocide is the responsibility of the entire world.” -Ann Clwyd. Genocide is defined as the deliberate killing of a large group of people. especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. A genocide is process of which is goes through eight steps. These eight steps include classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial. Looking at the similarities and differences between Rwanda and the Holocaust can be beneficial for understanding the horror both ethnic groups experienced.
Both the Rwandans and the Jews experienced classification. Classification is defined as distinguishing people into different categories based solely on ethnicity, race, or gender. The Rwandans were grouped into three different categories being the Tutsis, the Hutus, and the Twas. The Tutsis were categorized as being “the best”, the Hutus came next, and lastly the Twa’s who were seen as the lowest. (UHRC) In comparison, The Jews were seen as an inferior race and enemies to the Germans. They were slaughtered simply due to race. (Taylor, Alan “World War ll: The Holocaust”) As with classification, both genocides dealt with polarization similarly. Polarization is extremists driving the two groups apart with propaganda. The Hutus Militia would drive through the cities and intimidate the Tutsis. Also, a lot of newspapers and ads on the radio supported propaganda that degraded each group. (“The Media and The Rwandan Genocide” 79-405) The…

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