The Hutu and Tutsi tribes had many decades of racial tension

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The Hutu and Tutsi tribes had many decades of racial tension. The question was “Was ethnic hatred responsible for the Rwandan genocide in 1994?” I think it played a part, but more in the scapegoat sort of role. Here is my point. Unlike other modern genocides, the Rwandan massacre happened so fast that it took the whole world by surprise. It was highly unlikely that anyone would get involved if the UN didn’t step in, which it didn’t. The two sides of this argument in the Mitchell text, to me say one key factor, and then I believe in the next argument, they list the other key factors to this genocide. This was an event that was pretty typical of genocide, but lasted a shorter time. As Alison De Forges said in the Mitchell text, “before the arrival of the Europeans, the ruling elite had a sense of it’s own superiority. (Has there ever been an elite that did not?)” (Mitchell, Taking Sides, 2008 pg.290) Genocide, racism, fighting over myths about land and who was there first, legal rises to power, illegal abuse of power, are all
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2010 for the course HIST 2 taught by Professor Heideman,a during the Summer '09 term at Front Range Community College.

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