Nietzsche's Definition Of Ressentiment

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In the early 20st century a horrific genocide occurred between two African groups of people in Rwanda. In the early 1900’s Rwanda was colonized by Belgium and France but by Belgium missionaries. There were two main African clans in Rwanda at the time and that was the Tutsi’s and the Hutu’s. The Belgium missionaries gave power to the church. Many Africans that were practicing African traditional religions soon were converted to catholic Christians. The Belgium missionaries chose the Tutsi clan as being “elite” because of their physical appearance over the Hutus. The Tutsi people had narrower noses, thinner lips, and lighter skin and were labeled as being “white” and the Hutu’s had wider noses, fuller lips, and were considered to be “black” between…show more content…
Every human being on the planet works off something called Ressentiment. Ressentiment is actually a term coined by Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher. Nietzsche describes it as this
“Ressentiment is in the first instance a psychic force, fundamentally reactive in nature, which seeks expression or externalization in hostile behavior aimed at another who is deemed the author of an original injury or humiliation.”
In relevance to Friedrich Nietzsche’s definition of Ressentiment it directly correlates to the genocide in Rwanda. Since the start of colonization of Rwanda from the French and Belgians there has been a flux in power. Nietzsche’s theory first starts with France and Belgium being the original humiliators. The people of France and Belgium came into now what is called Rwanda and colonized it. They favored the Tutsi’s because of their appearance. That soon put a division into the relationship between the Hutu and Tutsi people. That created an othering process to the Hutu’s and made them second class citizens of their own country. The turn of events that sparked the genocide was the killing of the Hutu president Juvenal Habyarimana. It was found out that a leader of a Tutsi revolt group created the act. After this point the tables turn and the Hutu’s turn into the beings of ressentiment and the Tutsis
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The Hutu’s saw Rwanda as their country and nobody else’s. They had a list of commandments written and for Hutu’s. It was strictly for the justification of the killing of the Tutsi’s. Many Tutsi’s were murdered and the ones that could get away fled to Uganda. Some Tutsi’s revolted and created a guerilla army in pure ressentiment. Hutu’s model was they were catholic and just and the Tutsi’s were communist and they must be exterminated. In one of the scenes in In the Name of God it shows a moment where a Hutu revolt is listening to the Hutu primarily radio show and the radio host is speaking on how Tutsi people are forbidden and they are cockroaches and they need to be exterminated. In the documentary In the Name of God it is a great representation of what occurred in 1994 in Rwanda, and the experiences of the Hutu and Tutsi people. It also shows what led to the disaster of the genocide was that the Christian Democratic International would not negotiate with sharing their power with RPF (guerilla army) or exile