Unit 3 Assignment 3 Peter Rock

The main point of connection in these two sections of the texts is the discourse on onlookers interacting with violent events. There’s a passage in the Gourevitch reading in which Gourevitch discusses visiting the Holocaust memorial museum during the time in which the genocide in Rwanda was happening. Gourevitch notes that many employees wore buttons saying “Remember” and “Never Again” (152). Gourevitch looks up from a newspaper containing pictures of corpses and wonders if people are ill informed or are simply refusing to accept that another genocide is occurring. Sontag notes that “Generally, the grievously injured bodies shown in published photographs are from Asia or Africa. This journalistic custom inherits the centuries-old practice of exhibiting exotic–that is, colonized–human beings” (72). People, especially in America, are quick to express sympathy and engage with acts of violence and genocide when the victims are white. However, one issue and cause of the denial that what happened in Rwanda was genocide was the race of the victims. The event was written off as a crisis and issue of civil unrest. “Never Again” stretches farther than white victims, and these books help uncover that.

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