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8 Historical Patterns of Genocide: Should Black People Be Concerned?

The international Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide “as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical
destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

Gregory Stanton, research professor in genocide studies and prevention at George Mason University, studied the genocide in Cambodia for the U.S. State Department. After observing the Rwanda genocide unfold in the same way as the one in Cambodia, Stanton identified the eight steps that take place during a genocide.

Here are the eight steps that may be used to determine if Black people in America have or are currently experiencing genocide.



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Classification references the division into “us” and “them.” The “one drop” rule used for Jim Crow in America or the apartheid racial classification laws in South Africa are examples of this. While it is not a sign that genocide is on the way, genocide would be impossible without an established classification of the “in group” and “out group.”



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Symbolization follows when words or symbols are applied to the classifications, such as skin color, ID cards or maybe even fashion. Genocidal groups or governments often require members of a targeted group to wear an identifying symbol or distinctive clothing — for example, the yellow star for Jews.

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7 thoughts on “8 Historical Patterns of Genocide: Should Black People Be Concerned?

  1. Mikaili Kamau says:


  2. Laura Charles says:

    On point like Stacy Adams.

  3. Jay Contreras says:

    Next up: fema camps..ebola is the pretext.

  4. Yes I am concerned, have been for many years. Look at the prison system, perfect system, take the man out of the group, cut off procreation, Genocide. They create the rules, laws to create criminality among black men, if they commit the crime they have to do the time, extensive sentencing. If they don't have jobs they do what ever that is available for money. Even after they get out of prison, it is hard to find a job, and housing. The question on both documents for housing and employment, do you have a felony on your record. Then we have a pipe line back to prison. Blacks education is a form of genocide, being educated in white supremacy schools plays a role in black genocide.

  5. Ayana Green says:

    Since the advent of slavery in the western hemispere, Latin American countries have engaged in the 'whitening' of their populations. This is where people were encouraged, either through social pressure or government policy, to breed 'whiter' with the purpose of "breeding out' Africans. The countries where 'whitening' was encouraged (Not limited to Brazil) could be brought up on charges of genocide.

  6. Errol Cooper says:

    Yes we as a people should learn to elevate our minds beyond this materialistic world we're trying to conform to, that's not meant to be!

  7. @Nzingha Shabaka, That is true also. If our people can not get employment. This works for the U.S. Government, now the FBI or the CIA can go to these black brothers and sisters and give them money, a Job or just keep them out of prison.

    If they are willing to be traitors and work for the Government, and work against the Conscious black people in the diaspora that are truly for civil right, and (human rights) for their black people.

    By: Nubian Imhotep Africa

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