Raphael Lemkin, a Polish-Jewish legal scholar who escaped Nazi Germany to the United States, coined the word genocide in 1944 (Encyclopedia of Death and Dying). It is derived from the Greek word genos, (race or tribe), and the Latin word cide, or killing.
There is a documented history of conflict between the Tutsi and majority Hutu classes. Although the two are generally the same, sharing the same language, religion, and customs; the Belgians declared the minority Tutsis the favored class in the early 1900’s. Citing their appearance of being t...
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- Karl Marx, a conflict theorist, would likely describe the tragedy in Rwanda as a result of a power struggle, steaming from a class system. In Karl Marx’s time, he critiqued the class system containing the proletariat (poor) and bourgeoisie (rich). Marx argued this system allows for one group of people to oppress another group. While he was speaking to classes distinguished by material assets, his two group class system is similar to the two group class system in Rwanda: Hutus and Tutsis. Although, the distinction between the Hutus and Tutsis are uncontrollable characteristics like heritage and physical features.... [tags: Rwandan Genocide, Hutu, Rwanda, Tutsi]
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- The Rwandan genocide , maybe not something that is as widely known as the genocide of the Hebrew people during World War II but sadly all over the world discrimination takes place , and all of it senseless. There were at least 800,000 people who died during around a 100 day period(The Editors of the Encyclopedia Brittanica). Simply three month 's and nearly a million people died , some were of one side , and some were of the other but as it is a genocide it is always said. It really led nowhere in the end as genocide is , it has no point and it has no goal but to simply discriminate and yet so many died.... [tags: Rwandan Genocide, Rwanda, Hutu, Tutsi]
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- Timothy Longman argues that genocide could have been prevented if the churches were more involved in persuading community members not to commit acts of genocide. The churches preached and taught raciest ideas. The governments anti-Tutsi policies went against the churches ideals of love thy neighbor, however the churches still endorsed obedience to authorities, ethnic discrimination and power politics. Although genocide was an extreme expression of ethnic hatred, it was not inconsistent with actions previously condoned and tolerated by the churches (200).... [tags: genocide, violence, Tutsi, ethnic discrimination]
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- The nature of the political structure of the Hutu peoples before the 19th century is only properly understood when a multitude of other factors are examined. Aside from examining the basic political system in which the Hutu lived it must be determined why the Hutu shaped their particular system in this way. This entails the assessment of factors such as their history based off of where they came from, what their identities became over hundreds of years, and how other groups reshaped their political society.... [tags: history, Hutu, ]
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- From the dawn of April 6th through mid-July of 1994, the small African nation, Rwanda, was the site of nearly one million systematic murders of men, women, and children all to be ethnically Tutsi, Tutsi supporters, or otherwise threats to the RPF (the Rwandan Patriot Front). This mass murder happened for not many, but for only a few despicable, iniquitous, and rancorous greedy reasons. Many different sources try to define this genocide with different reasons of what was this genocides origin. The world media has often portrayed the genocide as an ancient tribal conflict between the majority Hutu and minority Tutsi, implying that it is a phenomenon more specific to African people.... [tags: Rwandan Genocide, Rwanda, Hutu, Tutsi]
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- The objective of this paper is to recognize the political and historic motivations for the Rwandan Genocide through an ethnic perspective, while illuminating the possible cause for the genocides. For centuries leading up to the genocide, evidence supports that there was peaceful interaction between the Tutsi and Hutu in Rwanda. They shared a common language, the same religion and lived in the same territory. Additionally, it was not uncommon for the Tutsis and Hutus to intermarry. The genocide’s preceding factors involve the ethnic mobilization for political control, memory of historical grievances, inherent structural imbalances, oppression, and upholding of ethnic stereotypes which all con... [tags: Rwandan Genocide, Rwanda, Hutu, Tutsi]
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- Tutsi – A group of people in Rwanda that initially started as the cattle raising people of the old tribes. The Tutsi ruled over the Hutu for the majority of the time, until 1962 where the Hutu revolted. Then in 1994 the president of Rwanda’s plane was shot down, which sparked a massive violent out brake of Hutus killing Tutsis. In the film “Hotel Rwanda”, the Tutsi were the refugees in the hotel, trying to hide from the murdering Hutus. Irish Republican Army – The IRA held the belief that all of Ireland should be its own independent republic from England.... [tags: Rwandan Genocide, Rwanda, Khmer Rouge, Hutu]
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- In April of 1994 a terrible event took place, one where approximately one-million people were brutally murdered on the basis of their ethnicity or if they opposed the regime. (Uvin, 2003). This terrible event occurred in Rwanda, and it is known as the Rwandan Genocide. Genocide can be described as a one sided mass killing in which the state or other authority intends to destroy a group, as that group and membership in it are identified by the perpetrator. (Hintjens, 1999) This is exactly what took place in Rwanda in 1994.... [tags: conflict between tutsi and hutu]
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- It was early in April when the disaster of Rwanda happened. When the president of Rwanda , Juvènal Habyarimana, was assassinated. After the president was assassinated thats when the fighting and killings started. A guy who has won the Pulitzer Prize twice said the most vivid thing from his assignment was hearing all the scream. The Hutu militia was killing everyone and everything that had crossed their path. The stench of dead bodies was everoywhere and filled the air everywhere you went and because of the smell everyone would get sick and vomit everywhere.... [tags: Tutsi minority, civil war, killings]
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- The Hutu Tribe The culture of the Hutu and Tutsi tribes of Rwanda, Africa interests me for many reasons. One reason is that they are so diverse from our American way of life. Another reason is that I have heard a little bit about them in the news and by talking to people. This sparked my interest and made me want to learn more about them. I will cover a wide variety of information in my report. This will include the land where they live, their way of life, their history and ancestry, and what the government is like in Rwanda.... [tags: essays research papers]
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