Shades of gray

An update to the civil unrest that appeared to be brewing in Rwanda when I last left off: Last week, the government arrested an opposition politician for alleged genocide ideology. The many arrests of Hutu leadership so far signals a clear distrust of allowing the majority back into power.

Is there a point when the suppression of differing ideologies shifts from actions necessary to maintain the peace to actions necessary to maintain power? I’m not sure the answer really matters when we’re talking about ideologies differing in terms of “genocide good” versus “genocide bad.” But it certainly is not the case that being Hutu translates automatically to one or the other.

There is such thing too as a slow genocide–where silently and slowly, right before our eyes, an entire group of people is stepped on until they are ground into dust.


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