When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda
"When we captured Kigali, we thought we would face criminals in the state; instead, we faced a criminal population." So a political commissar in the Rwanda Patriotic Front reflected after the 1994 massacre of as many as one million Tutsis in Rwanda. Underlying his statement is the realization that, though ordered by a minority of state functionaries, the slaughter was performed by hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens, including even judges, human rights activists, and doctors, nurses, priests, friends, and spouses of the victims. Indeed, it is its very popularity that makes the Rwandan genocide so unthinkable. This book makes it thinkable.
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I am not sure what to say really because this book have change me and I been telling everyone to read it. This book can be used to explain so much. It explain wars and Violence. It explains why in the world would someone Kill. It's on the Cover. The Title it-self say so much..This book should be in schools. I have to thank my Prof for giving me this book.
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List of Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Thinking about Genocide
Defining the Crisis of Postcolonial Citizenship Settler and Native as Political Identities
The Origins of Hutu and Tutsi
The Racialization of the HutuTutsi Difference under Colonialism
The Social Revolution of 1959
The Second Republic Redefining Tutsi from Race to Ethnicity