March 11, 2013 § 1 Comment
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In the past the general population didn’t know about genocide. The word itself is still very new to our vocabulary. There was little media, little communication, and little objective knowledge of other ethnicities.
People were often uneducated, unaware, and often viewed anything that didn’t look like them, such as having different skin color, as less human and with fear or disgust. There has always been an inherent fear of the unknown and there weren’t always the resources to learn about the unknown that we take for granted today.
The world is a much smaller place now and gets smaller every day. People now know something of genocides, have at least heard of Darfur or Rwanda. People everyday say how horrible they think it all is and say how we will can never let such atrocities happen again. But even as we say we’ll never let it happen, most nations that could help end the horrors sit back and watch the slaughters on the nightly news. Political agendas keep leaders from doing the right thing.
We believe that most people just don’t think much about it…have never really thought about what genocide truly is, what it would be like being hunted down and butchered with your family and friends for no other reason then for having a different religion or a different skin color. Maybe it just hasn’t crossed their minds about what it means to sit back and say and do nothing when we could be putting a stop to it.
There are literally billions of people opposed to genocide so how are we allowing it to continue? We always need more people to demand change. You can write your government officials, or write the media, and encourage others to do the same.
Things won’t change with only a few people and that’s why we need everybody to speak out. When politicians and corporations are made to realize that their own political and financial futures are at stake then we’d see change – and fast.