Human genocide studies is an influential part to any interest of study. The concepts learned are overlooked dehumanizations or annihilations of a large group of individuals. It is becoming of societal individuals to know of these unknown atrocities for several reasons. One may gain: personal empathetic development, a worldview of misunderstanding histories, and cultural consciousness of pertaining genocides. To explore these elements of understanding one must gain the knowledge of what a genocide rightfully is.

Explicitly, a genocide is a mass dehumanization of a race, class, etc. of people who do not fit the societal schema of a particular group. The victims are made inferior to their oppressors, by means of propaganda, with other leadership techniques. Learning about genocide proverbially does not encompass all the outliers. What if the crime associated involves colorism (same race, darker race more inferior than lighter race)?  One would assume the umbrella term of genocide would fit in all the aspects; however, the broad term leaves other characterizations of various annihilations without a name, or appropriate punishment. With further study, from the plethora of academic majors, would begin a conversation from all perspectives about the issue with the word genocide.  Personally, my dual majors: psychology and women’s studies, can benefit from learning these prospective human genocide studies issues.

Human and genocide studies ties into the major of psychology well. The issues presented about genocide can be looked at through a psychological lens. Exploring the motives for conscious agreement, from participants, who annihilated a race of people can add insight to the concepts of modelling behavior. We can explore variables of stressful environmental factors that can make one more susceptible than the other. This falsified research study is one example of how knowledgeable historical narratives can further aide research for psychological concepts. In contrast, women’s studies offers a present approach to fixing the cultural barriers of human and genocide studies.

Women’s studies is an egalitarian look at the world, from a naturalistic view. It is fitting that human and genocide studies be a part of this conceptual perspective, because not overlooking history is imperative to be being culturally cognizant. Women’s studies prides herself off being conscious of writing one’s wrongs through altruistic activism. The trail of tears has been written opinionatedly in elementary school textbooks as a “walk off”; however, the trail of tears was actually an annihilation of Native Americans so Americans could colonize the land. One would have to seek out this knowledge, after it was presented to them in elementary school context, to know the truth. Most societal Americans are complacent with the knowledge they have, unless applicable to their instinctive needs. Due to this we must incorporate fundamental facts into our curriculum. We as Americans do not want to be accused of culturally appropriating a people we colonized, but we do! When we are not aware of the information, we assume we have a right to what was once somebody’s heritage. Human and genocide studies will evaluate cultural sensitivity, while adding an ethnocentric worldview we as humans need to cohabitate.

Human and genocide studies is beneficial in all aspects of prospective concentration. We’ve explored a few examples of how it is applicable to my major, but also how it can benefit one’s self. These issues matter. They are precocious, needing immense attention to detail. That is why other majors are being called to explore the reigns of the topic. Learn and grow, in order to be better than what you were today.

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Ashlyn Brown is currently a student at Old Dominion University. Pursuing a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She is striving for peace with remembrance throughout her various entries. In her free time, she enjoys reading and reality television. She hopes to grow in her understanding, throughout the class, of the various mass annihilations of diverse groups of people. She hopes to explore through: cultural, socio-economical, and psychological lenses. With her growth she intends to help others, while carrying the information, informing the public of unbeknownst injustices.