Violence Is A Form Of Violence

1838 Words May 3rd, 2015 8 Pages
Violence is an intricate concept to grasp because it “can never be understood solely in terms of its physicality—force, assault, or the infliction of pain—alone…instead it must also include assaults on the personhood, dignity, sense of worth and value of the victim” (Scheper- Hughes, p. 1). Among this slippery concept of violence is genocide. There has been much contest over the definition of genocide, but generally it refers to the intentional destruction of a particular race, ethnicity, religious group, or nationality. Genocide is a form of violence that has plagued history throughout time in both ancient and modern societies—from the Moriori genocide in 1835 to the current day genocide in Darfur.
One of the most ambiguous cases of genocide since the Holocaust was the Rwandan genocide, which began in 1994 when Rwanda’s long-time dictator, Juvénal Habyarimana, was assassinated in the capital city of Kigali. Military men who were exponents of the extremist ideology called “Hutu Power” replaced him—with the ultimate goal of exterminating every Tutsi in Rwanda. As a result, Hutus began murdering their Tutsi neighbors, within hours after Habyarimana’s death. Over the next 100 days, between 800,000 and 1 million Tutsis and Hutu oppositionists were killed. In addition to the Rwandan genocide being one of the most ambiguous genocides, it was the first tragedy of its kind to be represented in full by the media. During the tragic, deadly days of the Rwandan genocide most media…
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