The word genocide was derived from “Lemkin [who] combined the Greek words geno, meaning “race or tribe” with the Latin derivative cide, which means, “to kill” (Valentino 9). When most people hear the term genocide, the Holocaust is normally the first thing that comes to mind, although genocide did not stop with that event. There have been other massive killings just like the Holocaust in other countries. Genocide is the result of a serious action to take control of one group imparticular who is trying to completely wipe out the other. What some people do not realize is how can genocide be prevented or stopped if it happens again. Helen Fein feels as though “ the best way to avoid… genocides is to promote non-violent change in the states (and occupied religion) based on ethnic class domination” (Valentino 236).
One of the United States’ very own past Presidents has made it clear years back that if genocide is present anywhere, the United States will step in or ‘take action’. The discovery of the Nazi death camps fifty years earlier had shocked the world to make bold new promises. A Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Genocide Convention pledged that the world would never again tolerate attempts to exterminate entire groups of people (George 63). However, how is it, there are killing massacres going on right this instant in Africa, China with “ten to forty-six million” dead, Cambodia with “one to two million” dead, the Soviet Union with “ ten to twenty-three” dead, plus Sudan (Valentino 9). The people say genocide had never happened in Germany with the Holocaust. When really it did and the people are facing denial. Genocide is real and can be overwhelmingly devastating.
Genocide is an attempt to abolish a specific type of race, religion, or social class; where as the United Nation Genocide Convention of 1948, later limits this. Genocide can also be described as a systematic planned annihilation of a political or...