Once again, a Friday yielded multiple “Comments of the Day.” I’ve noticed this trend for some time, and have no explanation for it, but I am grateful nonetheless.
Here is Isaac’s latest Comment of the Day on the post,Given The Opportunity And The Power, Blacks Will Discriminate Against Whites, Women Will Discriminate Against Men, Gays Will Discriminate Against Straights, And Liberals Will Discriminate Against Conservatives, Because That’s What Human Beings Tend To Do. Now What? I Recommend “In The Heat Of The Night”….
What with the current generation being famously ignorant about just about everything and all, it’s a shame they don’t know much about the Rwandan genocide (there are countless similar tales throughout history, but Rwanda was only 25 years ago and you’d think it’d be fresh in everyone’s mind.) The oppressed can very easily, and very quickly become the oppressors.
The Hutu were every bit the marginalized, persecuted victims. Exploited for labor by Europeans for generations, forced to obey and serve the fairer-skinned, wealthier Tutsi minority. Treated as second-class citizens. Gradually discrimination against them became illegal and the Hutu gained equal rights, and protection against discrimination. The Belgians had cleared out and the Hutu and Tutsi had a chance to treat one another as equals, share the country, and put the past behind them, which the Tutsi were for the most part willing to do. The laws were in place, there was a shared government with a Hutu majority, and the stage was set for reconciliation, but the Hutu were still, on the whole, poorer and less educated by the Tutsi. There was intense resentment among them, constant dredging up of the past, and an unwillingness to wait until time and intermingling evened things out economically. And of course, politicians and media-types willing to stir up the racial enmity for their own selfish reasons. Sounds awfully familiar.
It’s doubtful that the next part of the story (with the mass executions, chopped-up babies, and child rapes) would play out the same way here in America…but wherever there are socialists looking for a wave of useful idiots to ride into power, there’s going to be an element calling for a “revolution” against the “oppressors” and fashioning whatever group is happiest with their lives into the role of said oppressors; the monsters for the vengeful mob to slay. It’s how the Young Turk Party worked up their miserable followers into a lather against the Armenians, how Hitler convinced Germans to feel okay about rounding up Jews…and now I’ve gone and broken Godwin’s Law.
Whenever I see someone on social media calling on People of Color to stop being constrained by things like kindness and morality and start getting nasty against The Others because THE TIMES DEMAND IT, I recommend encouraging/trolling them with a cry of “Hutu power!” They’d have no idea what you’re talking about though.