It’s hard to watch a movie like “Schindler’s List” and not be effected. So here I am packing for a vacation and doing laundry and I turned the channel and found the movie. I sometimes avoid these movies because its such an emotional commitment. I’m always crying by the end. And there I was crying.
And my stupid, innate, childish fairness always kicks in. I just have so much trouble, even when I damn well know its true, imagining how a people can convince themselves that its right to feel a group or groups of people is inferior to them.
I do understand not being brave enough to stand up to the authority of the powers that be. I am amazed by Oskar Schindler and the risks he took to save those he did. I am amazed by the abolitionists in the United States that lived near the border with the South. But, I guess, sometimes you can’t live with yourself if you looked away.
Wikipedia defines Genocide as follows:
Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious or national group.