Testifying at the MA state house tomorrow for genocide education
[Trigger warning: genocide]
Language is as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 15 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 67. Genocide, shall be included in the Massachusetts history and social science curriculum frameworks for United States and world history. Case studies of at least 2 such genocides may be used to demonstrate the concept of genocide. Such case studies may include, but are not limited to, the genocide of Armenian Christians, the Holocaust and Nazi concentration camps, the genocide of Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge, the genocide of Bosnian Muslims, the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis and the genocide of Darfurians by the Sudanese government.
The department shall recommend curricular materials detailing the underlying causes, international reaction, progression and aftermath of the aforementioned genocides, including those recommendations established by chapter 276 of the acts of 1998.
The department may provide trainings, seminars, conferences and materials for educators to use in the teaching of genocide.
I’m going to suggest they omit the word “Tutsis,” first, because it is grammatically incorrect. The plural is “Tutsi” not “Tutsis”. Second, it is not reflective of who the victims were in the genocide. Many moderate Hutu also were killed in the genocide, and many Twa, as well. We can not teach only what the Rwandan government portrays the reality to be. Both Hutu and Tutsi were killed during the genocide, and both Hutu and Tutsi committed atrocities.