Genocide never just happens. Fascists first incite hatred to build the climate in which genocide can take place. - HMD
Genocide is a process that develops in ten stages that are predictable that occur simultaneously. At each stage, preventive measures can stop it. It starts with fascists dividing people by classifying them as 'us' and 'them'. - Genocide Watch
Learn to recognize the Ten Stages of Genocide with this infographic. Click on any image for more details.
"Trump continues to campaign on a platform of rooting out the “vermin” of his political enemies and mass-deporting the undocumented who’ve been polluting the “blood” of America... His current slate of 2024 immigration policy prescriptions include militarizing the southern border to a shocking degree, reimposing and expanding his travel “Muslim ban,” and building a vast network of new detention camps to house undocumented immigrants awaiting deportation." - Rolling Stone
President Biden has called out Trump’s fascist language in explicit terms. A spokesperson blasted the Republican frontrunner for having “parroted Adolf Hitler,” on top of his previous promise to “rule as a dictator and threaten American democracy. He is betting he can win this election by scaring and dividing this country... “A very common theme in the history of fascism is that lots of people think that the fascist leader is joking, said Jason Stanley, a Yale scholar and author of How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.
Classification – The differences between people are not respected. There’s a division of ‘us’ and ‘them’ which can be carried out using stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different.
Symbolization – This is a visual manifestation of hatred. Jews in Nazi Europe were forced to wear yellow stars to show that they were ‘different’.
Discrimination – The dominant group denies civil rights or even citizenship to identified groups. The 1935 Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of their German citizenship, made it illegal for them to do many jobs or to marry German non-Jews.
Dehumanization – Those perceived as ‘different’ are treated with no form of human rights or personal dignity. During the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Tutsis were referred to as ‘cockroaches’; the Nazis referred to Jews as ‘vermin’.
Organization – Genocides are always planned. Regimes of hatred often train those who go on to carry out the destruction of a people.
Polarization – Propaganda begins to be spread by hate groups. The Nazis used the newspaper Der Stürmer to spread and incite messages of hate about Jewish people.
Preparation – Perpetrators plan the genocide. They often use euphemisms such as the Nazis’ phrase ‘The Final Solution’ to cloak their intentions. They create fear of the victim group, building up armies and weapons.
Persecution – Victims are identified because of their ethnicity or religion and death lists are drawn up. People are sometimes segregated into ghettos, deported or starved and property is often expropriated. Genocidal massacres begin.
Extermination – The hate group murders their identified victims in a deliberate and systematic campaign of violence. Millions of lives have been destroyed or changed beyond recognition through genocide. - Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
TakeAway: Learn to recognize the Ten Stages Of Genocide.
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