Essay on Rwanda Genocide, Faith and Religion

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Although Tutsi and Hutu have been living a lifelong battle they are very similar because they speak the same language, intermarrying and even lived as neighbors (Stratus, 2006). It was much more common to see Tutsi women to be married to Hutu men than to find Hutu women married to Tutsi men, therefore a Hutu man married to a Tutsi woman gave birth to legally Hutu. Marriage between Hutu men and Tutsi women had the full benefits of Hutu citizenship to progeny and this was perceived as racially impure (Taylor, 2008). Colonialist could not believe that the Tutsi and Hutu were of the same tribe, they even believed that the Tutsi were no African. They began looking for scientific answers to understand the differences in height, nose and …show more content…
33). When Belgians issued identity cards clearly stating the difference between Tutsi, Hutu and Twa they made a clear distinction on how the future of each ethnic group would be positioned in society. this might have been one of the triggering acts that lead to the genocide, once classified the term Hutu, Tutsi and Twa was hereditary. “And we must not forget the racialization of the Tutsi, we must not forget, was the joint work of the state and the Church” (The civil war and the genocide p. 233). Berry & Pott (1999), The Belgians broadcast their revisionist history and their racist policies through propaganda campaigns and through the mass media, converting many to their beliefs. The Hutu masses, encouraged by the Belgians, missionaries, and their own leaders, became conscious of their supposed inferior status. In the height of the absurdity, they treated the Tutsi, not the Belgians, as “feudal colonialists,” and they fought, not for independence from the Belgians, but for emancipation from the Tutsi “foreigners from Ethiopia” (p. 33). “Thus, something intervenes to cause individuals to switch from seeing people of another ethnic or racial category as neighbors to seeing them as ‘enemies’ who must be killed”(Stratus, 2006 p. 225). Religion is a synonym for violence accounting for the acts in the Genocide and understanding the place where most of the

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