What Makes a “Tradition?”

Let me begin this by telling you a story. A story that will bring some of African's and my own frustrations around this issue to light. I sat excited for the new semester in the incredibly cold and overconditioned classroom. The people around me were chattering incessantly but I was tuning them out. I was … Continue reading What Makes a “Tradition?”

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We Would Not Be Capable

When atrocities occur our gut reaction is to wonder why and how. I have broadly answered the why of the Rwandan genocide. On the International Day of Reflection for the Rwandan genocide I want to go deeper. How can average people commit violence on such a large scale? How could the Hutu Power movement kill, … Continue reading We Would Not Be Capable

Self Confirming Assumptions

Every year at CU Boulder I saw students and self entitled “explorers” “wander” to Rwanda to see the victims of the horrendous genocide. They played the humble witness sanctimoniously taking pictures with groups of black Rwandan kids. They shed the ceremonious tear and felt the horror and grief that is "the real Africa." In the … Continue reading Self Confirming Assumptions