University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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All of us have a responsibility to police potential future genocides. We all need to be alert to that kind of situation wherever we live, I think, and report it: report it to the press, report it to governments if they’re responsive, report it to international organizations. So I think that’s not something that you can afford to just leave to happen. Somebody always knows what’s going on, and those people need to make the rest of the world aware of it, and it can be prevented.
Well, responsibility, those who stand by and watch and those who actually commit the acts, they are—there is a difference between committing an act and passively observing immoral acts. But I think everybody bears some kind of responsibility for preventing mass slaughter of one group of people. I think there’s more responsibility, criminal responsibility, on the part of those who actually take part in it, but everybody has a role to play.
I don’t think that stressing genocide in schools is really necessary. I do think that schools need to education children on how—on the different groups in the world and how some of them view each other and why there’s prejudice and why there’s hatred of one group to another. I think that kind of information needs to be available to everybody in the population, and particularly to children. Stressing genocide, however it’s defined, or a particular genocide, may be too hard for children to take. But I do think they need to learn some basic principles of anthropology, which shows why people hate; one group might hate another group. And that’s how children can then learn to spot it and be aware when it’s happening and to be a responsible citizen and preventing it or reporting it when it does happen.