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Hutu vs. Tutsi tribes:l

In Alice Walker’s Overcoming Speechlessness, I learned about the Hutu and Tutsi tribes of Rwanda. The Hutu and the Tutsi were different tribes that lived in Rwanda without an issue (or at least that’s the way it seemed to me as I read). When the Belgian colonized came into Rwanda they decided that because of a difference in physical features that one tribe was superior to one another and then problems ensued between the two tribes. The tribes feuded between each other because of a belief (perpetuated by the Belgians) that one was superior to the other. The Belgians eventually left Rwanda yet the Hutu and Tutsi continued to feud over superiority. The differences in the Hutu and Tutsi were very subtle yet the Belgians saw it as an opportunity to divide the people of Rwanda. This story made me think of black on black crime in America. Many people today will look at the black community and make comments that we are killing each other (in a literal sense when thinking of gang violence) and people also will comment on how black people don’t stick together and will easily turn their backs on one another. Looking back into history one can argue that there were many instances where blacks people were turned against each other for multiple reasons. I think that it’s important to keep in mind the history of things while looking at how a group of people act. In my opinion, if more people looked into the reasons why black people seem to have issues with unity, rather than just judging them, it would be easier to solve those issues.

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