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Prejudice and Discrimination Prejudice and Discrimination: Rwanda: the Batwa Eva Weikel SOC/120 July 17, 2011 Melanie Graf
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Prejudice and Discrimination When people talk about race and ethnicity, most think they mean the same thing. Nevertheless, there is a difference, which many learn the hard way. According to the website biology-online, the definition of race is “a group or population of humans categorized on the basis of various sets of heritable characteristics (such as color of skin, eyes, and hair).” (p. 1). According to the website dictionary reference, the definition of ethnicity is “identity with or membership in a particular racial, national, or cultural group and observance of that group’s customs, beliefs, and language.” Discrimination and prejudice has been around for centuries and is usually passed on to family members by their ancestors. Many people discriminate against others because they are weak or different. Many people are discriminated against because of his or her race, ethnicity, religion, and social class. Discrimination and prejudice has had considerable negative effects on those who have witnessed it. The people of Rwanda have experienced such discrimination and hatred personally. Rwanda is located in Africa. According to the statistics of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (2008), the population in Rwanda is 10,186,063. The three major ethnic groups of Rwanda consist of, the “Hutus (88%), Tutsis (11%), and Twa (Batwa) pygmies (1%),” (Pike, 2005, para.2). For many years, “the Tutsis formed the dominant caste under a feudal system that was based on cattle holding,” (Matthews, 2006, para.5). According to Matthews (2006), there is major conflict between the groups of Rwanda because of stereotyping. The Batwa are considered inferior and weak because of their small height, the Tutsi are considered superior and powerful because they are tall. These groups created a division between themselves, which is very
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Prejudice and Discrimination political. However, despite their differences, they practice the same religion and speak the same language. Although their differences are minor, the groups refuse to live in harmony. The Batwa are known throughout Rwanda as Pygmies. “The Batwa or Pygmies as they
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