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Opening: To what extent can prejudice be overcome?

Prejudice is something that we see everyday. Peoples minds are set to judge someone or something as soon as they see or hear it, whether it be a good or bad judgement. I do not believe that prejudice can be overcome completely, to a certain extent possibly, but not completely.People face prejudice all the time, whether it be bullying, racism, sexual orientation ,or even age. Prejudice is all the same. That prejudgement before we actually know the person, and it is something that is very hard to overcome and can lead to discrimination. The novel that I read was called Broken Memory by Elisabeth Combres and it has perfect examples of discrimination due to prejudice. This book is about a fictional character named Emma, who lived through the Rwandan genocide. During this book Emma struggles to get through the events of her past (the genocide) and also the fact that her mom had died during the genocide. Emma faces several instances of prejudice (my three quotes below) because of her origin, which is Tutsi. From reading this book I believe that prejudice cannot be overcome completely, because it is always something that is going to be in our heads, which is unfortunate. However I do believe that discrimination can be overcome. Discrimination is an action, not a mind-set, and it usually ends with people getting hurt emotionally, mentally, or physically. In conclusion I do not believe that prejudice can be overcome.

Quote #1-pg20

"For weeks the radio had been practically stuttering with rage that all Tutsis must be killed. The old woman was a Hutu peasant, so she was in no danger. But by protecting the little girl, she was condemning herself to death."


This passage has explained that due to Mukecuru (the old women) protecting Emma, she could be slaughtered to death as well as Emma. Emma is a victim of prejudice, because although she hasn't done anything unlawful, she will be killed simply because she is a Tutsi and Mukecuru wants to try to protect.

Quote #2-pg62

"She suddenly realized the women were laughing behind her, though Ndoli didn't seem to see them or hear them...'Hey little one, did the guy with the dented head put a curse on you?'... She felt as if she had been set up... She has always shielded herself from these women...Now because of him, she had been exposed."


In this passage, Emma feels embarrassed, because she has been talking with Ndoli,the boy with the dented head, and the older women are making fun her because of it. Emma is still a victim of prejudice because of who she is with. Now she judges Ndoli because she was judged.

Quote #3-pg75-78

" 'He Killed my sister!' the young women said, pointing a trembling finger at the prisoner who was silently facing his accuser...' She's lying!' a woman screamed from the audience. ' She was nothing, she was hiding. Otherwise she'd be dead, too!'...Emma began to tremble as if the accusation had been aimed at her...' They still hate us', Emma said in a whisper. ' Maybe because... they feel guilty' Ndoli stammered."


In this passage Emma is watching a gacaca between the Hutu and the genocide survivors. Each side tries to justify the reasoning behind their treacherous actions. Emma is still a victim of prejudice, because accusations are being made against a Tutsi ,(although true), who killed another's sister. Emma feels that the accusing finger is being pointed on her as well, because she is a Tutsi.

"The Time Line of Prejudice"

1962

-Rwanda gained independence from Belgium. Afterward the ongoing struggle for power between Hutu and Tutsi leaders set the stage for civil war.

1990

-A Tutsi militia or armed group invaded Rwanda from Uganda, violence then escalated over to the civilian population.

1994

-After the assassination of the Hutu president, a gang of Hutu's went on murderous spree ( the genocide).

After 1994 Genocide

-Broken Memory by Elisabeth Combres

2010

-In Rwanda, trials of the genocide perpetrators continued.


I chose to use this timeline because it shows how that the prejudice in Rwanda really hasn't changed much over the past 70-100 years, which I find ridiculous. It has also shown some of the events leading up to the genocide, and how serious the actions of the Hutu were and how it still effects the Rwandans over 20 years later.

See the Sun Again - The 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

"See the Sun Again" by Nancy Merritt

This song reflects on how the the Rwandans were treated unfairly during the genocide and how the world turned their backs on them when they needed them most. The Rwandans are victims of prejudice, because although they have not done anything illegal, they are being killed for simply being Tutsi.

"Rwandan Genocide" by William Cheesman

Here it's never quiet
All the shouts every night
Screams of pain, screams of fright
Screams for mercy, to see mornings light
To pardon them and to stop this fight
Do they listen to the cry's
No they they just stare into the victims eyes
And with the machetes let fly
At the border a mass of hurry
To get away from this torn up country
Kids with no food, they don't have the luxury
Kids with no home, no ones living comfortably
There's loads of noise in the countryside
But the most definite are the mournful cry's


This poem explains the struggles of the genocide. It explains the Hutu's mercilessness, that they did not care if you were a boy, girl, old, or young, they were going to kill any Tutsi because of who they were. It is crazy to think about how long their prejudice has been going on and how there could have been so many lives saved if any of them were willing to politically talk about the cold blood brewing between the two ethnicity's since the early 1960s.

Powerful Image- The United Nations Symbol

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This image represents the United Nations and other countries unwillingness to help during the Rwandan genocide. A man with the last name Dalliare, had found out about the the killings in Rwanda, and it's intent. He had sent a request to New York City, asking for his force to doubled to five thousand to stop the murders. " Give me the means and I can do more", he wrote. The United States were not worried about the Rwandans, but about their own citizens. And the United Nations did not do much to help the situation, thinking that the killings would eventually stop. The UN has recently apologized for its lack of action regarding the genocide over 20 years ago. This statement has come too late in my opinion. If the UN and other nations had stepped up, there could have been so many more lives saved. Instead they were unwilling to see past their own selfishness and prejudice, thinking that if it isn't them then it shouldn't matte of the Rwandans lived or died.

Sources

"See the Sun Again" by Nancy Merritt

"Rwandan Genocide"by Will Cheesman

Broken Memory by Elisabeth Combres

Genocide: modern crimes against humanity by Brendan January