Have you ever thought about what a genocide is exactly? Genocide, according to Webster’s dictionary is a deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. It is synonyms with mass murder and massacre, for reference. Genocides have happened though out history countless times for different reasons. I believe genocides happen because one group of people have an idea of what or how something should be done. I also believe political climates at the times around these genocides have a big part in why genocides happen. Such as with the holocaust, Germany was basically blamed for WWI and had to pay reparations and fix their own country with very little money, so the moral of Germany as a whole was low, and people were looking for anything to make them feel a sense of pride again. They needed someone to blame and that just happened to be the Jewish and various other marginalized groups such as homosexuals, gypsies and the disabled. This is not the best way to deal with the situation, but at the time the country needed someone to hate and they were there.
I do not believe that when we memorialize the people who fought back we are discrediting those who didn’t. the people at the ties of the holocaust that did not fight back had many reasons, just as today, for why it was not a good idea to fight back. Some people had families to think about and knew fighting the Nazis and getting caught was a death sentence and they were not willing to risk their whole families lives for a larger cause that ta the time they saw no end to. I personally believe that if in the United States something like the holocaust happened I do not know what I’d do. I’d be very torn as to if I should fight back or support from a far while in safety.
Considering today’s society, genocide is not something that is in the current news. We are more concerned with what the president is tweeting or new sexual harassment allegations on a high profiled man. Meanwhile, in Burma, a group of people called the Rohingya are being marginalized, miss treated, killed and enslaved and nothing is being done by government because these people have been deemed “unworthy.” Years ago, the Rohingya people were stripped of their citizenship from Myanmar and today are being pushed out of land they had ties to for thousands of years. The Myanmar government and various groups anti-Muslim groups have been killing these people off in large numbers and nothing is being done to stop it. The United Nations is tracking the amount of people being killed as best as they can, but it is impossible to track undocumented people, so the data is not completely accurate.
I believe this monstrosity is still going on because the UN cannot fully assess the situation and because the news is not covering it heavily, so the world doesn’t know about this problem, so it is not a number one priority for the UN unfortunately. There are many groups fighting and protesting the government for their actions but others do not want be involved because those who have protested have been beaten and arrested.
As we all know, history repeats itself and what happens once will more than likely happen again if we do not learn. The current genocide in Burma is a prime example of us as a people not learning from history. Some have learned and are fighting for these people, but who have also probably learned are not out physically fighting, which is not a bad thing. We all have to survive in this world and some of us have other people to think about, but when we do nothing or if someone does do something there should be nothing wrong with that persons decision, because it is there decision.
“Genocide.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genocide.
Kranz, Michal. “5 Genocides That Are Still Going on Today.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 22 Nov. 2017, www.businessinsider.com/genocides-still-going-on-today-bosnia-2017- 11.
Hi! My name is Monique, I’m currently a senior at Old Dominion University majoring in Women’s Studies. I am interested in many things such as reproductive rights, animal rights, environmental justice, and a lot more.