Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Is Ethnic Peace Worth Losing Your Identity?

Columnist Michael Dorf has an interesting column on FindLaw today Rwanda's attempt to heal its history of ethnic violence by eliminating the concept of ethnicity. To be fair, the Rwandans did come up with the concept of Hutus and Tutsis that has plunged the nation into violence so often. That honor goes to the Belgians, who created the arbitrary distinctions based on economic status during their colonial days in Africa. Historical arbitrary distinctions made by colonial Europeans creating a history of violence and instability - who knew?

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