Rwanda Genocide, Lessons in Racism

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  1. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

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    So the Travel Channel has grown beyond beach fantasies and starting putting out some amazing programing. Including Booze Traveler and something called Breaking Boarders. Episode 8 is about Rwanda. and how colonists moved into an area with a single race/history/culture/language/. Wanting to boost their control, the colonists split the people into two groups:

    European colonists, convinced the Tutsi had migrated to Rwanda from Ethiopia, believed the Tutsi were more Caucasian than the Hutu and were therefore racially superior and better suited to carry out colonial administrative tasks.[19] King Yuhi V Musinga[20] welcomed the Germans, whom he used to strengthen his rule.[21] Belgian forces took control of Rwanda and Burundi during World War I, and the country was formally passed to Belgian control by a League of Nations mandate in 1919.[22]

    In the 1930s, the Belgians introduced large-scale projects in education, health, public works, and agricultural supervision.[27] The country was thus modernised but Tutsi supremacy remained, leaving the Hutu disenfranchised and subject to large scale forced labour.[28] In 1935, Belgium introduced identity cards labelling each individual as Tutsi, Hutu, Twa or Naturalised. While it had previously been possible for particularly wealthy Hutu to become honorary Tutsi, the identity cards prevented any further movement between classes.



    Fast forward 60 years and nearly a million (70%) of the 'labor race' were killed by the 'manager race'. With no other distinguishing difference than what had been artificially imposed a generation earlier. Victims of a difference formed from imagination.
     
  2. aaronvan Suspended

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    Not true, Tutsi's are taller than Hutu, with narrower features. Easy to distinguish if you're Rwandan.
     
  3. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    It doesn't really matter if they're easy to distinguish or not, it was due to European institutional racism that built up the atmosphere to the Rwandan genocides.
     

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