Dr. Burnet on HuffPo: The Slippery Slope Toward Genocide

Dr. Jennie Burnet delves into the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, and how the violence of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., and the reaction of U.S. President Donald Trump mirror the beginnings of those atrocities.

“In Rwanda in the early 1990s, the single-party state of President Habyarimana faced a political impasse. Fearful of losing their monopoly on power, an inner circle of Hutu political leaders, military officers, and businessmen who hailed from the president’s home region began to organize populist political protests touting Hutu unity and anti-Tutsi propaganda…
 
“Similarly, President Trump includes among his inner circle of senior advisors: his daughter and son-in-law; Steve Bannon, the former editor of Breitbart News, a right-wing website that “pushed racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic material”; Sebastian Gorka, a former Breitbart employee and self-proclaimed terrorism expert with dubious credentials and who has been linked to a Nazi-allied group in Hungary; and Corey Lewandowski, a political operative who has flouted federal law and used his personal relationship with the president to lobby on behalf of foreign and domestic corporations and other entities. The inclusion of Bannon and Gorka in Trump’s inner circle signal to white supremacist groups that the president is on their side. The fusion of power and personal relationships in the White House and in the president’s broader circle impedes transparency, a hallmark of a liberal democracy…”

Read the full article on Huffington Post here.