Friday, April 11, 2008

Hotel Rwanda

Yesterday/Today, I gave a brief history introduction to the Rwandan genocide, you will be watching a behind the scenes documentary featuring the real life Paul Rusesabagina on Monday, and you watched the first third of the movie, Hotel Rwanda. Based on the history lesson, the documentary, and the movie you have a pretty clear idea that this tragedy was basically ignored by the rest of the world. The United Nations was only able to do so much. The United States had trouble clarifying if genocide like behavior was to be considered a genocide. Nearly 1 million Rwandans were murdered and it was barely a blip on the radar of the world.

The photographer in the movie makes a statement in reference to what is happening in Rwanda and the footage that he took that day, "If people see this they’ll say ‘Oh my God. That’s horrible,' Then they'll go on eating their dinners.” Is this an accurate statement in terms of how people today react to current atrocities? Why? Why not?

4 comments:

Rashia Lain - 3rd Block said...

I think it is true because some people have no sympathy for others. Its not really explainable it just happens and no matter how hard we try theres still going to be some individuals that it won't phase. I would even do the same thing because you just aren't thinking about it. However, I do have sympathy for those people.

rhswarrior30 said...

It's completely true. I turn on the news everyday and see what’s happening in the Middle East and think. Wow! It doesn’t faze me though because it’s not happening to me. I feel guilty that I don’t do more to stop it, but sometimes I think well what can I really do? So yes, this is a very true statement whether it’s not caring, selfishness, laziness, or inability to help most people don't do anything about world situations.

Anonymous said...

It's completely true. I turn on the news everyday and see what’s happening in the Middle East and think. Wow! It doesn’t faze me though because it’s not happening to me. I feel guilty that I don’t do more to stop it, but sometimes I think well what can I really do? So yes, this is a very true statement whether it’s not caring, selfishness, laziness, or inability to help most people don't do anything about world situations.
Eric Fitzwater

Anonymous said...

My opinion I think it is true because people today do not have repect for others and saying bad things to others and just being disrespectful just because. I dont see no point in it. They also just don't care about others and that's wrong; just because they don't have much doesn't mean you need to put them down even more. People are lucky to be where they are at today and they don't realize much of what's going on in other parts of the country. We need to realize what is going on and try to help it.