We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families – Pt. 2:
While this book is well written in many aspects and provides excellent personal examples, there was a specific quote provided that spoke to me much more than any aspect of the reading:
“It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere” -Primo Levi, 1986 (The Drowned and the Saved)
I feel that this blog is an important place of self expression, based off of the readings. I especially feel that it is all up to our own interpretation of how we wish to think about the reading.
In this section, I choose not to summarize a reading in which I had no interest, but take a part of what the author has provided and run with it.
It has happened. It can happen again. It can happen anywhere.
These statements are true in almost all aspects of life, good or bad.
In reference to the Rwandan genocide, it is clear that he is using it to show the capacity to kill that is within every community, country, culture, or so on. They always say, once you have killed, it is easier to kill again. These people are pitted against each other and only encouraged by their leader to continue the massacre. More than that, some of the Hutus only kill in order to save themselves, not out of anger or vengeance.
Following that, this entire genocide is divided between appearances. Which is actually really insane looking at it that way, because in modern day we are constantly comparing ourselves to what is presented in front of us. At what point do we stray from social standards and into a place where those who have certain traits, such as blonde hair and weight, define what is proper in the world.
In some aspects I feel as though we have fallen exactly into a place where Hitler wouldn’t have minded – idolizing blonde barbies and hoping to manipulate our own bodies into those exact ideologies.
-What are some of the deeper political values of the RPF?
-What was the actual percentage of Hutus who believed the Tutsi were at fault as opposed to the amount who did not believe the tactics were appropriate or deserved?
-Why did the international community want to avoid stepping forward and becoming involved? Did they not want it to be classified as a genocide?